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.”