OAK HILLS • One of the dozen Vagos motorcycle gang members arrested during last week's wide-ranging sweep is from Oak Hills, according to documentation.
Caesar Joaquin Rodriguez, 35, was arrested on Thursday for an outstanding warrant for taking a vehicle without the owner's consent as well as participation in a criminal street gang and receiving stolen property, San Bernardino County Superior Court records show.
Rodriguez was among 12 Vagos members arrested as part of a Department of Justice-led operation which targeted the outlaw motorcycle club.
Rodriguez along with Pastor Palafox of Colton and Scott Riviera of San Bernardino were all arrested for the same incident which took place in November of 2010 in San Bernardino, according to court records.
The operation, named Simple Green, eluding to the green patches worn by full-fledged Vagos members, began 18 months ago, shortly after several attacks on Riverside County Sheriff's officials thought to have been carried out by Vagos members. Officials couldn't confirm if the attacks sparked the operation.
Members of the gang, which originated in the Inland Empire in the 1960s, have allegedly taken part in murder, weapons violations, rape and drug violations.
Some of those arrested are believed to have participated in the Sept. 23 murder of rival Hell's Angel, Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, 51, in Nevada.