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Santa Cruz Gang Task Force Arrests Eight Bikers at Highway 1 and Mission

Traffic backed up and drivers stared as the bikers held their hands up for police officers with guns drawn.

The Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force arrested eight out-of-county bikers Saturday at 5 p.m. charging them with reckless evading of a police officer, possession of loaded firearms, possession of a narcotic, possession of a deadly weapon and an out-of-state warrant.

Police stopped them before the intersection of Highway 1 and Mission, northbound.

Arrested were: Chuck Vankirk, 32, San Leandro, for reckless evading; Michael Gamboa, 34, Pittsburg, for recless evading, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, gang crimes; Raymond Simms, 29, Manteca, for possession of a narcotic without prescription and gang crime; Matthew Hammore, Fremont, for reckless evading and an out-of-county warrant; Chad Thomas, 28, for reckless evading; Thomas Shaw, 28, of Concord, for reckless evading; and Alan Moffett, Discovery Bay for an unspecified charge.

The information was released by gang task force commander Mario Sulay.

Santa Cruz has been a focus of biker gang violence since last year when a fight broke out over territory at the downtown Starbucks between the Hells Angels and the Vagos.

karrie johnson February 27, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It seems that these motorcycle enthusiasts residences are fairly random..most people that belong to the same clubs generally (in my experience) live within the same county...and what do they consider 'unspecific' charge...either you are charged with something or you are not...if you dont have something to hold someone one on...by law...they are allowed to leave, or you are in violation of their civil rights (or does that not count because you wear a badge)...Are all bikers pulled over and checked out..if that is the case then I believe there are a few attorney friends & local judges that may decide to cruise up there and check out your judicial proceedings..my uncle is a senator, maybe I should ask him too.
Js February 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Yes please do contact anyone that can, if only to ask why the police feel the need to harass and arrest on such flimsy charges. Please friend me on FB justin stokes. Thank you .
Js February 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Yes please do contact anyone that can, if only to ask why the police feel the need to harass and arrest on such flimsy charges. FYI in thethe bay area, almost alllooks patched bikers getAND stopped.or.profiled by policea daily. In fact one local club is sueing SJ for profiling because it is so prevelent.Please friend me on FB justin stokes. Thank you .
Brad Kava (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Thanks for the information. Goes to show there are two sides to every story and it's not complete until you've heard both.

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