This from the San Francisco Chronicle (thanks to a NorCal Crime Scene reader)
A suspect in the slaying of the leader of the San Francisco Hells Angels chapter is now facing federal murder and weapons charges, court records show.
Christopher Ablett, 36, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges of murder in aid of racketeering and two gun-possession charges in the September slaying of Mark “Papa” Guardado, the head of the Hells Angels’ “Frisco” chapter.
Authorities believe Ablett shot Guardado, 46, after what police describe as a “wrestling match” outside a Mission District bar the night of Sept. 2. Witnesses told police that the killer rode away on a motorcycle; police later searched the home in Modesto where Ablett lived with his parents and his two children and seized a 2005 Harley-Davidson.
Police say Ablett is a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, a rival group to the Hells Angels.
Ablett killed Guardado “for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing his position in the Mongols, an enterprise engaged in racketeering,” according to an indictment handed down July 23 by a federal grand jury in San Francisco and unsealed Wednesday.
This comes from the Associated Press:
LANCASTER – The notorious Mongols biker gang has been fenced out of a Mojave Desert motel where hundreds of motorcyclists were destined for a weekend rendezvous.
City officials shut down the Desert Inn and installed chain-link fencing at the entrances Thursday to block the biker meeting in Lancaster, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.
The 144-room motel has a $16,000 contract to provide weekend space and rooms for up to 300 Mongols for their annual meeting, but the city used a tax case to shut down the motel. City Manager mark Bozigian said Desert Inn owner Hui Su is past due on $180,000 in motel bed tax payments.
Mayor R. Rex Parris this week said the gang was not welcome in Lancaster because they “are engaged in domestic terrorism … and they kill our children.” He said the motel owners refused to comply when he asked them to renege on the contract.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Axel Anderson said closing the Desert Inn helps ensure public safety, noting that the gang has been implicated in murder and drugs.
Dozens of Mongol members were indicted last year on drug trafficking, murder and other charges, and their former leader, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, later pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge.
Mongols lawyer Albert Perez Jr. said a lawsuit is planned over the motel contract dispute. He said up to 800 people, including members from 10 states and their families, were expected to attend the event.
“They’re upset because they’re getting a bad rap.”
Unrelated Mongol News from Aging Rebel — has some pretty interesting commentary about the recent arrest of a gang member in connection with the slaying of a Mongol last summer just outside of Pasadena.