Authorities conduct gang sweep in Indio

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Phil Willon (Los Angeles Times) December 7, 2010 Hundreds of law enforcement officers swept through the Riverside County city of Indio early Tuesday morning rounding up gang members and others with outstanding warrants and searching their homes, authorities said. The officers, who came from across Southern California, targeted 450 locations of known gang members, authorities […]

Inland Empire hate groups come into focus: A white supremacist gang is linked to attacks on Hemet police

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Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) April 22, 2010 Residents in Hemet have long known that there is a skinhead element in their city. They said they have occasionally seen groups of tattooed young men with shaved heads in combat boots and fatigues protesting against illegal immigration. But authorities now are investigating something […]

A month later, less than half of 33 arrested Vagos members charged

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by Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) April 14, 2010 A month after authorities in Riverside County targeted the Vagos motorcycle gang, less than half of the 33 members arrested have yet to be charged with a crime, records show. Authorities said the March 17 multi-agency operation was intended to send a “powerful message” to the […]

Motorcycle gang denies role in Hemet police attacks

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by Shelby Grad (LA Times) March 31, 2010 Members of a Riverside County motorcycle gang have denied having anything to do with a string of attacks on Hemet police officers. Earlier this month, authorities arrested 30 members of the the Vagos motorcycle gang in a major sweep. Authorities never directly linked the string of attacks […]

Riverside police officers targeted with threat to blow up police car

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by Shelby Grad (LA Times) March 20, 2010 Riverside County authorities are investigating yet another threat received Friday against police officers in Hemet. On Friday afternoon, someone called 911 saying a police car would be blown up in the next two days as revenge for a law-enforcement sweep earlier this week of a local motorcycle […]

Nerves frayed at Calif police department targeted by series of booby trap attacks

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THOMAS WATKINS (Associated Press) March 19, 2010 HEMET, Calif. (AP) — Police in this picturesque city in rural Riverside County have been on edge in recent weeks. Someone is trying to kill them. First, a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit’s headquarters. The building […]

A day after biker gang arrests, officials to discuss new developments in attacks on Riverside County officers

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by Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) March 18, 2010 A day after a sweep of a local motorcycle gang, top law enforcement officials on Thursday will talk about new developments in a series of attacks on Riverside County officers. Thirty members of the Vagos motorcycle gang were arrested Wednesday in Riverside County in an ongoing […]

Authorities arrest 30 members of the Vagos motorcycle gang in Riverside County

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by Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) March 17, 2010 Thirty members of the the Vagos motorcycle gang were arrested Wednesday in Riverside County in an ongoing investigation against the group, which authorities described as “an extreme” threat to law enforcement officers. About 400 officers took part in the multi-agency operation, targeting 73 locations and seizing […]

Police Investigate Third Possible Booby Trap Attack Against Gang Officers

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by KTLA News March 5, 2010 HEMET — Police say they’ve found a dangerous device near a gang officer’s car – and it may be related to two previous booby traps aimed at its gang task force. Authorities say a task force officer found a suspicious device near his unmarked car when he returned from […]

Riverside Gang Officers Targeted in Second Assassination Attempt

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from KTLA News 10:00 AM PST, February 25, 2010 HEMET — Police say gang detectives avoided a bizarre assassination attempt for the second time in two months. Lt. Duane Wisehart says a member of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force in Riverside County escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when a bullet was fired at him from […]

$100,000 reward proposed for leads in Hemet gang task force attack

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JOHN ASBURY (The Press-Enterprise) February 25, 2010 Riverside County supervisors will vote Tuesday whether to offer a reward of up to $100,000 for information in the attempted killing of gang detectives in Hemet. County leaders proposed the idea after a booby trap was rigged to a rolling steel gate at the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task […]

Major gang sweep conducted in Desert Hot Springs

The Associated Press Posted: 03/27/2009 04:49:37 PM PDT DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.—Law enforcement officials from nearly three dozen agencies conducted perhaps the largest gang sweep in Riverside County history on Friday, arresting more than 120 people and confiscating an assortment of drugs and dozens of guns. The sweep, which had been planned for seven months, centered […]