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Vagos members jailed for Landers murder

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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:00 am

LANDERS — Two Vagos motorcycle gang members have been arrested in a 61⁄2-year-old homicide case.

Keith Silva, 46, of Covington, Ga., and David Beltran, 34, of Mentone, are in custody in connection with the death of Dennis Daoussis, 32, of Fontana, who was killed in Landers April 5, 2003. Silva was president of the motorcycle gang and Beltran was sergeant at arms, according to a sheriff’s department news release issued Wednesday.

Daoussis was a prospective member of the gang.

Silva was arrested Wednesday in Georgia and is awaiting extradition to California. Beltran was arrested Sept. 20 and is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

“It was just a lot of detective work, a lot of traveling,” sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Montanez said Thursday from his San Bernardino office in a telephone interview about what led to the arrests.

The adage about successful investigations involving a lot of shoe leather applied in this case, which led detectives to Hawaii and Georgia for interviews, “Getting different pieces of the puzzle,” Montanez explained, “different people confirming different things.”

The sheriff’s sergeant said working hand-in-hand with the district attorney’s office was a factor leading to the arrests.

Montanez described a sign in the Cold Case section of the sheriff’s office that reminds detectives, “We never never never never give up.”

The U.S. Department of Justice considers that the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang’s approximately 300 members pose a serious criminal threat.

“Vagos members produce, transport and distribute methamphetamine and distribute marijuana,” a justice department report states. “Vagos members also have been implicated in other criminal activities including assault, extortion, insurance fraud, money laundering, murder, vehicle theft, weapons violations and witness intimidation.”

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  • Bob Mateski posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Oct 23, 2009.

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    No one has commented on this and I suspect it has to do with the violent nature of outlaw biker gangs; I can assure you that most motorcyclists are very nice people and work in just about every job field there is. The easy way to tell outlaw bikers ( commonly known as 1%'s) is they wear patch's on the back of their jackets that have a club name with a rocker panel on the bottom with a states name on it. The term 1% means that only 1% of motorcyclist's are outlaw bikers, their names are meant to be imposing and menacing. Here are some of the worst ones-Hells Angels, Mongols, Bandido's, Sons of Silence, Hessians, American Iron, Vagos, Sundowners and a host of smaller ones are out there too. I belong to Abate which is a group of people from all walks of life who work through the legislative process to insure motorcyclist's have fair and equal rights on our roads and highways just like all other vehicles. The point I am trying to get thru to everyone is, don't judge motorcyclist's by a few outlaw bikers. We do many charity functions all year long that benefit our local communities, we are Judges, Lawyers, Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, Government Employee's, Plumbers, Electricians. Mechanic's and even Retired folks. LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE - MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE!


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