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9/24/2010 10:00:00 PM
DPS GIITEM finds evidence Hells Angels is restarting a local chapter
Courtesy the DPS GIITEM ReportThe Hells Angels vest belonging to Michael Koepke, a suspect in the shooting between Hells Angels and Vagos gangs, with a Yavapai Co rocker.
Courtesy the DPS GIITEM Report
The Hells Angels vest belonging to Michael Koepke, a suspect in the shooting between Hells Angels and Vagos gangs, with a Yavapai Co rocker.
The Daily Courier


The Arizona Department of Public Safety Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) found evidence that leads it to believe the Hells Angels gang was restarting the Skull Valley chapter, according to documents released Thursday by the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.

The evidence includes patches found on one member's vest, a ledger, bank bags found in a suspect's car, and entries in two suspects' notebooks, according to the DPS GIITEM report.

While looking at cuts, the leather or denim vests worn to show affiliation with a certain gang, the detective's team helping the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office investigate the shooting between the Hells Angels and Vagos gangs last month found a patch that read "YAVAPAI CO" on cuts worn by Michael Koepke.

Koepke was the first Hells Angels gang member that a DPS GIITEM detective recognized as he walked through the crime scene. The detective wrote in his report that Koepke smiled at him and then looked away as the detective walked by.

On the left side of the cuts when they're worn at the top are patches, also called flashes, indicating Michael Koepke holds the position of sergeant at arms for the Nomad chapter of the Hells Angels gang, and below the flashes is a "YAVAPAI CO" patch, also called a side rocker.

"This indicates to me the Hells Angels gang is active in Yavapai County," the detective wrote in his report. "This is significant since the Hells Angels Nomad chapter/clubhouse is located at ... North West Street in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. This side rocker, along with other indicators, indicate that the Hells Angels gang may have been in the process of re-starting the Skull Valley chapter."

The Skull Valley chapter of the Hells Angels gang closed after members, including Teddy Toth, were convicted on charges related to the 2003 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation known as "Black Biscuit."

In Black Biscuit, 36 suspects were charged with murder for hire, narcotics offenses, and gun smuggling; 16 Hells Angels gang members and associates in Arizona were indicted for murder, drug dealing, racketeering and conspiracy; and many other suspects were arrested in four other states.

The last day of Teddy Toth's probation on charges related to the Black Biscuit investigation was Aug. 20, 2010 - the day before the shooting in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley.

The shooting took place in the 2600 block of North Yuma Drive in front of the Hells Angels gang's old Skull Valley clubhouse where Teddy Toth, an ex-president for the Skull Valley chapter now lives, according to the detective's report.

Toth, sitting in his scooter with his oxygen breathing tubes on, was the next Hells Angels gang member the detective saw as he walked through the crime scene.

When the detective stopped to ask Teddy how his health was, Teddy said not so good and asked when he could return to the house.

Inside the home, the DPS GIITEM team also found Toth's cuts with a "Filthy 666 Few" flash.

"The Filthy Few flash is earned for committing a crime or violent act against another person," the detective wrote in his report. "The 666 represents the sixth letter of the alphabet, the letter F or Filthy Few Forever."

Also on Toth's cuts were a black and white "Dequiallo" flash that "indicates the wearer committed an act of violence towards a person with authority or resisted arrest violently. There are only three known wearers of the 'Dequiallo' patch in Arizona. Theodore Toth is one of them," the detective wrote in his report.

The detective's team also found a red notepad and other paperwork left by the front gate to the Hells Angels home.

The detective found an entry in a notepad belonging to Larry Dean Scott Jr. of Chino Valley, a suspect in the shooting and a Hells Angels prospect known as Scotty, that read "Painter Death Date" and wrote in his report that the "note is inline with current Hells Angels gang events for the Nomads charter."

The detective noted in his report that Jeffrey Becket of Kingman, a fully patched member of the Vagos, is also known as "Painter."

"This page also has a note to further indicate the note is from Larry Dean Scott Jr. The entry on the second line to the bottom states, "My house - Aug. 21," the detective noted in his report.

The detective also found a similar entry in a notepad belonging to John Anthony Bernard of Phoenix, another suspect in the shooting and a prospect for the Hells Angels Phoenix charter, that read, "Fri church 8:00 PM Scotty's."

While searching a 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle, registered to Warren Spencer Kuntz of Flagstaff, the detective found a Hells Angels Nomads gang ledger, cash, and Hells Angels West Coast Officers Meeting gang notes for July 17, 2010.

Kuntz is secretary for the Arizona Hells Angels Nomads gang, and "this is further supported by the ledger with gang members dues, fines and out of club status reported within the ledger," the detective wrote in his report.

The detective also found blue bank bags with money inside an unlocked brown briefcase in a 1998 Dodge SUV registered to Robert Kittredge of Prescott Valley.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Article comment by: Jaded Mile

I don't get it. Why is the Skull Valley chapter living in Chino Valley? If they lived in Skull Valley, they'd probably be left alone and have more privacy and not a bunch of retired Californians wanting them out...

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010
Article comment by: Teri smythe

hey maddog, us civilians were trying to get on with our live's when the bullets came flying. Ignorance is running rampant !!!

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010
Article comment by: MADDOG purtz

I've been reading a number of the aforementioned comments and Iam amazed at the people who know nothing about MC's. I've been a biker for more than 40 years in CA and AZ , and have never been botherd by any other club. Civiliains need to stay out of biker business and get on with their lives. HA and most other clubs supporter. Maddog

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Article comment by: HA No good

They need to be stopped at all cost. They"motorcycle clubs of this type", do no good and need to be run out of town by any and all.
Argue with the statistics if you don't believe.


Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Article comment by: Captain America

Why are everybody so hell bent on passing ordinances? Does that mean that there is going to be no crime, drugs or murder if bikes are quiet? What a bunch of whiners. I'm tired of hearing about it.

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Article comment by: H. B.

THE POLICE HAVE A NAME FOR THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR.

IT IS A 2 FER.
ONE GOES TO JAIL.
ONE GOES 6 FEET UNDER.

KEEP ON PLAYING WITH GUNS !


Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Article comment by: a pink state no no more

not much to argue he ha are a criminal street gang please get them out of prescott

http://www.kpho.com/news/21086368/detail.html


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Rita Stricker

"No Bill of Attainder or expost facto law shall be passed."

The very idea that a person could be charged with a crime merely for being a member of a certain organization is so blatantly unconstitutional that it would be laughable had I not seen the evidence with my own eyes.


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: jason thomas

Did they miss this one? http://hamcaznomads.net/Events/Fall_Colors_Flyer_02_ol1.jpg

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: @ another biker

Are you serious? Surely you are trying to be funny.

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: kelly davis

Mr Ambruso

just to let you know I have researched Vagos for three years and in Arizona 40 percent are legacy vets. I really think you should get some facts.



Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Old School

"Also on Toth's cuts were a black and white "Dequiallo" flash that "indicates the wearer committed an act of violence towards a person with authority or resisted arrest violently"

Where does the Man get this BS?
It is actually "DegŁello" which means "Give no quarter/mercy" Which also means that particular member came down on someone and there was only one outcome.

Many people have actually heard the song,"El DegŁello" if they have watched movies about the Alamo. It is the bugle call the Mexicans played before the final destructive attack on the Alamo
1661


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: lwyrsguns cash

Jezus, these phony "detectives" with GIITEM, what a farce. If any of them did their legwork as real detectives are known to do, they would realize the the 'painter death date' was referring to a member of the Nomads by the name of "painter" that had died a few years ago. The date of the 'painter death date' was not noted in the article, however the "painter" whom I believe was being referred to in those notes did die in the early fall. Not being a member myself, I can only reflect upon the HA's commitment to their fallen brothers and this note to being a reminder of a memorial which was to have taken place in memory of someone from that chapter who was still fondly thought of. Guess these jokers have to justify their positions in any manner they think the general public will swallow.

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: The Gunney

@ Thank God I'm an Atheist

It is sanctimonious of you to ask people to respect your views and beliefs, yet you slam others for theirs. Do you get nose bleeds often at that lofty altitude from which you look down on others?


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Thank God I'm an Atheist

I'm OK with Hells' Angels, but yes "Maveth" I'd say "Bikers for Christ" need to go. How dangerous is it to ride a motorcyle and sanctimoniously thump the good book at the same time...

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Mr Ambruso

For those who think loud pipes do not save lives think about this fact. The Oakland Police Department in California recently asked to has the noise level increased for safety reasons. The State approved this request.
The car shows we enjoy here have cars that are louder than motorcycles. What about them?
The Hells Angles leave the local bikers alone but I have heard of Vajos threaten and stop veterans for their Vietnam/American Legion Rider patches. They say the color of green in the Vietnam Medal is "their color". They are trying to infiltrate the State with more violence.


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Another Creative Solution

another biker - Instead of outlawing loud pipes, why don't we outlaw leather vests?? I'm sure "they will leave rather than give up" their leather vests...

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Mav Maveth

Another Biker:
So, you want to get rid of other "biker" clubs. Does this include: Bikers for Christ, H.O.G., CMA, ALR, etc. etc.? Or were you specifically thinking of the "outlaw" clubs? And, loud mufflers are a way to ID "outlaw" elements?
Give me a break. There are many riders (including sport bike riders) who have free-flowing pipes that make more noise than stock pipes.
Try not to paint with such a broad brush -- you might accidentally include yourself.


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Skip Lemacks

Last I heard..It's a free country!..And Innocent until proven guilty of anything!..The Hells Angels have been around alot longer than most who shouldnt even be here!..The Hells Angels are part of Ameican History!!.,.

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: The Gunney

@ Joy Rider
Back when I was young, the thing was to modify the pipes on our cars so that they make a hellaiuos racket. Ordinances where passed, and enforced, we grew up and out of our "rebellous stage", you should too.
Loud pipes DO NOT make you any safer on the streets! Wearing a helmet, protective clothing, and Defensive riding does. If you don't feel safe on the streets, don't ride!
But please stop touting your "freedoms" and telling us that so many of them have been taken away, because that is just a load of bull. You don't have the "freedom" to be an annoying jerk as you ride through the streets, any more than I had the right to drive through them with my modified exhaust.


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Lucy mcgee

To 30 year resident...what needs to be proofread about "Toth was sitting in his scooter". The man is on oxygen, probably cannot walk far so uses a motorized scooter to get around...you've lived here a long time surely you have seen people using them....your are very judgemental!

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: Joy Rider

Loud pipes have nothing to do with being in a Motorcycle club. Most riders that have loud pipes have them so that they can be heard. Because so often drivers don't see motorcyclists. Pipes are a personal preference. And it should be left to the rider to decide what kinds of pipes he or she wants to have on their bike, period. We live in America folks. We have have already lost allot of our freedom.Just because you ride a motorcycle dosen't mean anything other than the person likes to ride a motorcycle. We need to stop this profiling right away. It isn't good for anyone.

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: 30 Year Resident

"Toth was sitting in his scooter". I would have like to have seen that one....what reporting, don't you proof your work?

Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: another biker

We need to do everything possible to discourage the presence of the "Hells Angels" and other biker clubs. I have no problem with responsible bike riders, as I consider myself one. But the "outlaw" riders are far from responsible folks.
One way to discourage them is to pass muffler laws and to enforce them. Believe me they will leave rather than give up their loud mufflers. So please city council take notice of what is happening before we have another shoot out or another massive infusion of illegal drugs.


Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Article comment by: DUH! !!

Where have you all been? These guys never left, they just laid low.



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