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Sunday
Oct232011

Police Step Up Search for Hells Angels Shooting Suspect 

Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- Police searched a Stockton, Calif., home and the surrounding area late Saturday night after receiving a tip that the suspected shooter of a Hells Angel member was hiding out in the central California town.

But the search for Steve Ruiz, 38, turned up empty, Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose, Calif., police department told ABCNews.com.

Ruiz, who is also a Hells Angels member, is wanted for allegedly gunning down Steve Tausan, 52, last weekend at a San Jose cemetery where thousands were attending the burial of another Hells Angels member who was murdered in September at a Nevada casino.

Tausan had told the San Jose Mercury News that he had received death threats following his friend's murder Sept. 23, the newspaper reported.

Tausan was notoriously tried and acquitted for the 1997 fatal beating of a Pink Poodle strip club patron.

At the time of his death, he served as the sergeant-at-arms of the Santa Cruz, Calif., Hells Angels chapter.

Despite a heavy police presence at the memorial, the entire crime scene had already been cleaned before authorities could reach the scene, Dwyer said.

Police believe Ruiz has two black eyes and other injuries, consistent with being in a fight.

He is believed to be traveling with his girlfriend, Christel Renee Trujillo, 42, in a gold or pewter Chevrolet Suburban, Dwyer said.

Tips are pouring in, although Dwyer declined to elaborate on any specific information.

"We will follow every single lead until we find him," he said. "We have investigators working around the clock."

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Sunday
Oct162011

Hells Angels Officer Steve Tausan Killed at Biking Friend's Funeral

Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- A sergeant-at-arms for the motorcycling Hells Angels was shot to death this weekend at a San Jose, Calif., graveyard where thousands were witnessing the burial of another Hells Angels member, gunned down at a Nevada casino in September.

Steve Tausan, 52, a bail bondsman, was killed Saturday.

Tausan had been tried and acquitted in 1997's lethal beating of a Pink Poodle strip club patron.

Although California news outlets have identified Saturday's shooting victim as Tausan, San Jose Police Officer Jose Garcia said his department will not disclose a name until the coroner's autopsy is complete and the victim's family has been officially notified.

Joining the throngs of mourners at Oak Hill Memorial Park Saturday, Tausan was attending the funeral of his longtime friend, Jeffrey "Jetho" Pettigrew, a municipal backhoe operator and president of San Jose's Hell's Angels chapter.

The fatal shots direct at Pettigrew last week sent patrons of John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel and casino running for cover.

"As you can imagine, it was a large crowd. About 4,000 people were at the funeral. We're at square one, asking to the community to come forward" with information that may lead to the shooter, said Garcia.

Tausan had told the San Jose Mercury News that he had received death threats following Pettigrew's Sept. 23 murder, the newspaper reported.

That murder also prompted a state-of-emergency declaration in Sparks, Nev., near Reno, which allows law enforcement and other city officials to commandeer private property.

Police suspect that gang rivalries have fueled the shootings.

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