The Eric Garcia Murder

March 15, 2013

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Just as the police war on motorcycle clubs seemed to have found its dirty bottom, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release yesterday that suggests Mongols Motorcycle Club Chapter 13 member Eric Dean “Lil Pee-Ka” Garcia was murdered by members of the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club.

The release was written by Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Sergeant Ian Patrick and issued by Sheriff’s Lieutenant Craig Wilson. It read:

The Santa Cruz Release

On October 13, 2012, a hiker found a decomposed body in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The victim was identified as 32-year old San Jose resident Eric Garcia. An autopsy ruled the case a homicide and investigators now believe it likely Garcia was murdered at a different location. Information related to the cause of death, location of the crime, or possible weapons will not be released at this time as it could impede the investigation.

Garcia was reported as a missing person to the San Jose Police Department during September 2012. His motorcycle was also missing. He was a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Investigation has determined that Garcia was last seen alive at the Park Lane Lounge, 5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, on September 19 at 2:00 a.m. in the company of persons associated with the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club. Sheriff’s detectives believe that Park Lane Lounge customers may have witnessed interactions between the Garcia and others and can provide important information relevant to the investigation.

Garcia, who was also known as “Peeka,” was a Hispanic male, 5’-9” tall, approximately 350 lbs. He had tattoos on both forearms and upper chest. Garcia was believed to be wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a black leather jacket without any markings.

No arrests have been made in this case. The attached photo of the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club logo is included to refresh the memory of possible witnesses. Sheriff’s detectives are actively investigating this homicide and request that anyone with information contact the Sheriff’s Office.

Motive

For months, starting at the time of Garcia’s disappearance, Police and family members stated that Garcia was last seen at a party near the intersection of Vine and Goodyear streets in San Jose. He took a phone call at about 11:45 p.m. on September 18. He told others at the party that he would be right back then rode off into the night. His family reported him missing on September 20.

The police investigation unto the murder has centered around the most superficial motive – which is that Garcia was murdered by members or associates of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as an act of revenge. In November 2008, Garcia was present at the shooting of a Hells Angel named Robert Daniel Thompson outside a bar outside a bar called The Shanty in Eureka, California. Garcia was not the shooter. A man named Eric Gunner Lundin eventually pled no contest to a charge of felony assault with a firearm. Garcia pled guilty to a charge of “participation in a criminal street gang.”

The Ghost Mountain Riders is a three chapter club in Central California near Monterey Bay. The Ghost Mountain Riders maintain cordial relations with other clubs including nearby charters of the Hells Angels. They are not formally or informally tied to the Angels. In recent years, however, they have been at odds with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, which considers the club a gang. The Sheriff’s Office recently refused to approve a liquor license for the Ghost Mountain Riders 23rd Annual First Daze of Summer Run – a well attended run that benefits handicapped children.

Ghost Mountain Riders Respond

The Ghost Mountain Riders did not comment on the release. Individual, well informed members of the club did speak to The Aging Rebel on conditions of anonymity.

One club member said: “First of all, the Ghost Mountain Riders have had virtually nothing to do with the Mongols at all. We have not been at odds with them, and we don’t hang out with them, so for the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department to issue a press release saying Pee-Ka was seen ‘in the company’ of associates of the Ghost Mountain Riders is a big stretch. I have to wonder why they would issue such a damning press release.”

Another very informed source said, “I am afraid of the stuff that could be coming. I’m waiting for our doors to get kicked in. As far as I know, our club has absolutely nothing to do with this guy!”

 

 

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39 Responses to “The Eric Garcia Murder”

  1. miss Says:

    I’m related to Eric by marriage. He is my father’s cousin’s brother. But he was family none the less. It makes me sad that they still haven’t found out who the killer was. It was a great loss to our family and many of us are still grieving the loss. I married into a family who has ties to MCs on both sides; GMR,mongols and 801. Many of the guys I know are harmless and really good guys. This being said, I really hope that Eric’s murder was not connected to any MC but you never know. Like it was mentioned by someone else, it is more likely to have been a brother than an enemy.

  2. old & stoned Says:

    Thanks for keepin’ the saloon open, Rebel

  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear old & stoned,

    I will probably cover this story today.

    Rebel

  4. old & stoned Says:

    i guess part of ‘someone’s’ obvious agenda is misquoting the popo’s press release: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_22826450/ghost-busted-santa-cruz-county-supervisors-nix-ghost?source=most_viewed

    reporter too stoopid to ‘copy & paste’

  5. Samurai Says:

    First off, I give my respect to the family of Eric Garcia, both by blood and by bond, The Mongol Nation.
    To the rest of you, thank you for your patience with me, I know i have stretched that on a few occasions. I try to “lurk” more than anything these days but a natural curiousity makes it hard to stay in the wings all the time. The MC world fascinates me, unfortunately I don’t have much of a chance to experience it do to location. I also have had a different life experience than most of you on here, I haven’t had the negative interactions with the boys in blue, outside of normal shit that teens get into and they were suprisingly lenient with me at the time. I know enough to know that I don’t really know shit and I thank you all, especially Rebel for putting up with me.

  6. Paladin Says:

    @10guage,

    Yeah, I hear ya. Everyone has a prejudice or bias of some kind. I was just trying to make a distinction between people that would have an obvious axe to grind and those that wouldn’t.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  7. 10guage Says:

    The only problem with that argument is that most everybody has something to gain…..Like putting away one of those ” dirty long hairs” or “druggies” or ” motorcycle gang members” or “insert ethnic slur here” ..or “judgement by God”…..to consider a witness to have no personal interest in a situation simply because they have no direct relation to someone or situation is ridiculous…I will just leave it at that out of respect for this thread…

  8. PigPen Says:

    Samurai,
    I know you are eager to learn about MC’s. a nickel’s worth of free advice. And I am pretty sure, all patch’s regardless of club would agree. Club business is Club business. The pork are not your friend. They don’t give a crap about you, your dead Brother, His family, your family. Club officers are there for a reason.

  9. WARTHOG Says:

    @Samurai,

    I agree with Paladin. There is absolutely no reason to go to the cops and especially when it is club business. You take that shit to the club officers and they’ll deal with it.

    L&R,

    warthog

    FTP FTF FTW

  10. Paladin Says:

    @Samurai,

    I’m sure there are a lot of people that don’t agree with me on a lot of things. It goes both ways.

    To answer your question: In your scenario, I would consider your so called “club member” to be an informant, which = snitch.

    In my opinion, a witness is someone whose only involvement in an alleged crime, is that of a person who sees or hears something, and when asked, relays what he or she saw or heard.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  11. Samurai Says:

    @Paladin
    Forgive me in advance if I don’t phrase this right. I read your post about the difference between a snitch and a witness and while i feel you’re dead on, i also get the general feeling that not alot of people would agree with you. I do have a question though. Theoretically let’s say the club being discussed did do this and one of the brothers of the murderer came forward and turned his brother in for no personal gain, just because he felt it was the right thing to do, would you consider him a snitch or a witness?

  12. Cuz Says:

    Eric was my cousin. I only knew him one way. An fun loving upbeat guy with a big heart who loved his family, and was loyal to us to the fullest extent. Our loss has broken the hearts of many in our family. We just want answers. That’s all. I can’t speak for all of my family, but I don’t see GMRMC as responsible for Eric’s death at this time. We only hope whoever did this to him is caught, and justice is served.

  13. Cuz Says:

    Eric was my cousin. I only knew him one way. An fun loving upbeat guy with a big heart who loved his family, and was loyal to us to the fullest extent. Our loss has broken the hearts of many in our family. We just want answers. That’s all. I can’t speak for all of my family, but I don’t see GMRMC as responsible for Eric’s death at this time. We only hope whoever did this to him is caught, and justice is served.

  14. RT Says:

    More COP Bullshit! GMRMC is clean on this.

  15. Fuck Stranger! Says:

    You said you speak from experience..so you must be a bitch ass rat for you to even remotely suggest PeeKa was killed by anothee brother..Thats called drysnitching punk…And if you really spoke from experience you would know The Mongolc MC never in history of the club has ever been arrested or suspected of killing another brother period!..Im very sorry for the family of Mr.Garcia for having to read such ignorance..go kill yourself stranger.

  16. blacksmith Says:

    My thoughts to the family.
    You deserve answers, and I hope you get closure.

  17. Rebel Says:

    Dear the stranger,

    That’s right! That’s right! Tell anybody in the IBMC who will listen that Mike Koepke ain’t shit. Just get in the ring with the guy. Easy money! I think many men in Northern Arizona would just enjoy seeing how an Iron Brotherhood patch holder does against a sober opponent who is old enough to have grown into his man body,

    Easy money, man! Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it.

    Rebel

  18. Paladin Says:

    the stranger/jay says: “I’ll be riding long after your gone and deserving and loving every mile of it.”

    Well Jay, now don’t you go and depend on that.

    Paladin

  19. Not Surprised Says:

    Stranger:

    Tell you what. I’ll match the $1000.00 if YOU get in the ring with Mike ok?

  20. the stranger Says:

    @ Paladin,
    I responded where I was asked a question, and I don’t smoke.. Thank you for being the thread police maybe you should take the P.O.S.T. exam. Your call sign dates you, I’ll be riding long after your gone and deserving and loving every mile of it.

    The Stranger

  21. Paladin Says:

    @the stranger/Jay,

    Put down the leaves and step away from the Bong. You’re posting on the wrong thread.

    Long May You Ride (not you, Jay. You don’t deserve to),

    Paladin

  22. the stranger Says:

    Dear Rebel,
    Thank you for always responding to my posts, I’m flattered. I think the incident in Prescott is shining light on the question we all ask ourselves: How do these cops pass the psychological exam? It is a shame that not one of the attackers will be brought to justice. Rebel, these cops are not playing outlaw, in fact most cops could have gone either way in life. The cops that are lacking a moral compass are the ones always harassing bikers. I know some members of law enforcement that are actually what most commenters on this site would consider “stand-up guys”.
    I’ll leave you with this Rebel. I say things based on personal experience never from the outside looking in. Finally, it would be real amusing to see a cop beat the snot out of Mike Koepke, he may consider himself a fighter but Steve Tausan he is not!

  23. Paladin Says:

    @Just another patch holder in the end,

    I consider a SNITCH to be a person that would role on another for personal gain (Joe Dillulio comes to mind). I believe any information gathered from SNITCHES to lack credibility, due to the SNITCH’S motivation.

    I consider a witness to be a person that has information that can help close an investigation, or reopen a previously closed investigation. I believe that information gathered from a witness to be credible, due to the absence of a desire for personal gain, or not in the process of trying to play a game of “let’s make a deal”.

    I understand that some people think that SNITCH/witness are the same thing, and it’s a matter of semantics. I just happen to think there’s a difference.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  24. Rebel Says:

    Dear the stranger,

    I understand your balls are bigger than everybody’s. And, you have a bad habit of saying immoderate things like this. I can remember a similar comment you made about the Sons of Silence. Give respect, get respect.

    Maybe I should teach a seminar called “The Motorcycle Outlaw Frontier 101.” You know, it would kind of be a big picture, mountains of elephant shit kind of thing. You and Brandon could sign up.

    Just out of curiousity, what do you think of these Iron Brotherhood mopes in Prescott?

    Always the love, Jay. Always the love.

    Rebel

  25. Rebel Says:

    Dear Beloved,

    My sincere condolences to you. I hope you find justice, knowledge and peace.

    Rebel

  26. Rebel Says:

    Dear Paladin,

    I am not speaking for the GMRMC. They can speak for themselves when they want to speak. But, to the best of my knowledge there were no members of that club there when the police said they were there.

    You know, like the Ghost Mountain Riders is an exclusive club. There aren’t that many of them. So then I have to wonder, why are the police saying what they are saying?

    In my experience, there is no line between “crime investigation” and “intelligence gathering.” Maybe that is why the SC Sheriff’s issued that release. So this poor family’s sorrow and frustration is now an excuse to solicit intelligence about the Ghost Mountain Riders.

    That’s my take on this.

    Rebel

  27. redwood209 Says:

    Speculation and leading the witness. If they had anything they would take action. They very well could have said he was last seen at said bar with a group of motorcycle riders. Btw the bar is less than 8 miles from where he left the party. this is them fishing and not catching shit all day then chuming the water.

  28. One Eye Says:

    It reminds me of the episode of The Twilight Zone titled “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.” Take an unusual, tragic situation, fabricate circumstance, plant a seminal seed and hope that paranoia and emotions take hold. Let’s hope cooler heads and cognitive reasoning prevail.

  29. Glenn S. Says:

    Sounds like the pigs are doing high school shit: Person A (a pussy) goes to Person B and tells him that Person C is gonna kick his ass. Then he goes to Person C and tells him the same about Person B. Then Person A grew up (using the term loosely) and became a cop, along with the rest of the pussies from high school.

    How do they sleep at night?

  30. Just another patch holder in the end Says:

    @Paladin (When conducting an investigation, you keep it low key and you gather credible information from credible sources) is this a nice way to say your waiting on SNITCHES to come forward

  31. Paladin Says:

    @Beloved,

    A law enforcement investigation that has any worth, has to be built on a foundation of integrity and credibility.

    When conducting an investigation, you keep it low key and you gather credible information from credible sources. The integrity of the investigation is maintained by NOT resorting to the practice of MSU (making shit up), planting or compromising evidence, or threatening people, and you sure as hell don’t gather credible information by releasing a statement to the press, insinuating that the death of a MC member may have been at the hands of members from another MC.

    Like it or not, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department has compromised their own investigation with their very own press release.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  32. Beloved Says:

    Did you ever stop to think that just maybe the cops are trying to gather information? Not once did they say these guys murdered them. Not once did the day they had anything to so with it. Just that he was last seen with them. Where is your response from the Mongols and how they feel about this? The cops simply need to gather information to find the killers of a beloved who was lost.

  33. Beloved Says:

    Did you ever stop to think that just maybe the cops are trying to gather information? Not once did they say these guys murdered them. Not once did the day they had anything to so with it. Just that he was last seen with them. Where is your response from the Mongols and how they feel about this? The cops simply need to gather information to find the killers of a beloved who was lost.

  34. Beloved Says:

    Did you ever stop to think that just maybe the cops are trying to gather information? Not once did they say these guys murdered them. Not once did the day they had anything to so with it. Just that he was last seen with them. Where is your response from the Mongols and how they feel about this? The cops simply need to gather information to find the killers of a beloved who was lost.

  35. the stranger Says:

    Ghost Mountain Riders and murder, I doubt it. Those guys are not second or even third string outlaws. I think it was someone close to Mr. Garcia. If the SCSD wants to get somewhere on this case look at who he rode with. A dear friend of mine who is a retired member of a certain club from L.A. once told me: “More brothers are killed by brothers than their enemies” Let the comments begin!!

  36. Grumbler Says:

    I’ve had my share of run-ins with the despicable Santa Cruz County Sheriff stretching from the ’70s to ’90s. They once planted an ounce of weed btw the front door and screen door of my residence hoping that one of us would bring it inside.

    To protect and serve is a misnomer as they’re balls deep into hasslin’ and fuckin’ people over. I completely agree with Paladin that they’re tryin’ to start a shitstorm btw a couple of clubs.

  37. Erudite Hillbilly Says:

    It seems to me like the SCSD is taking from the playbook of our Gub’ment: “If you want more power and control in a region, just manufacture a conflict between native groups and don’t worry about the consequences.”

  38. Paladin Says:

    Obviously, through innuendo, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department is trying to start a war. It is incredibly irresponsible for a law enforcement agency to put out a press release of this nature.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),

    Paladin

  39. rollinnorth Says:

    Such a sad state of affairs that law enforcement has to stir shit up to justify their existence. How low will they go? Shame on them, shame, shame, shame…

    Respect.

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