A San Jose Police Department press officer named Jose Garcia announced yesterday that fugitive Hells Angel Steve Ruiz has been sighted in San Jose and that Ruiz is hiding in either San Jose, Campbell, Fremont or Gilroy, California. “We believe he’s in any one of those cities,” the police spokesman said.
Garcia stated there is “credible evidence” that Ruiz is in the San Jose area but refused to explain what that evidence is or why he thinks it is credible. In October, credible evidence led police to believe they had trapped Ruiz in a house in Stockton, California.
Previous Credible Evidence
Acting on that evidence but without bothering to get a search warrant, 30 police special warfare operators in two armored vehicles surrounded a home belonging to a woman named Joann Rice. After Rice’s adult daughter answered the door she told police that Ruiz wasn’t there and invited them to look for themselves. Instead, the combat cops took a more dramatic course. They detained the woman and her children for more than four hours and besieged the home before smashing all the windows, puncturing some of the walls, filling the house with teargas and ruining most of Rice’s furnishings. The daughter spent most of the day in a jail cell. She was slightly acquainted with Ruiz.
The siege began shortly after dawn and lasted 12 hours. Police seem to believe Ruiz used his powers of invisibility to escape.
Joann Rice offered a more credible explanation. “He wasn’t here, he was never here and he wasn’t in the house,” she told Sacramento television station KOVR. “I feel like a war was taken on here, and we lost.”
Ruiz is a suspect in the October 15 shooting death of another Hells Angels named Steve Tausan. Both men were attending the funeral of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew who was shot and killed in Sparks, Nevada on September 23. The Aging Rebel believes that Ruiz is no longer a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Immediately after the funeral, police thought that Ruiz had been murdered by one or more of the 3,000 mourners at the funeral and that his body had been concealed in Pettigrew’s coffin. Pettigrew was exhumed but Ruiz wasn’t in the grave with him.
Police have previously stated that Ruiz is on the run with a woman named Christel Renee Trujillo. (Both are picutred above.) Police have said the two may be travelling in a gold or pewter Chevrolet Suburban. Police have also said that they believe Ruiz may be in New York or Arizona. Yesterday’s announcement did not mention Ruiz’ female companion or the car.
“We want this to come to a safe resolution,” Garcia announced. “We ask that Steve Ruiz surrender himself.”