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Outlaw motorcycle club affiliate arrested in Newhall bar stabbing

Posted: June 3, 2014 12:47 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2014 12:47 p.m.

After a month-long investigation into the stabbing of a father and son outside a Newhall bar, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives have arrested an affiliate of the outlawed Vagos Motorcycle Club on suspicion of attempted murder, a sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday.

Kevin James King, 38, was arrested Monday on two counts of attempted murder by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Career, Offender, Burglary, Robbery Apprehension team, or COBRA, sheriff’s officials said.

“King was arrested without incident at a Los Angeles location,” COBRA Detective Dan Finn said.

King, whose official occupation was listed on Monday’s arrest report as “driver,” remains in custody at the Santa Clarita Valley jail with bail set at $1 million.

He is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday.

“The COBRA team investigated and investigated and investigated this incident, and finally it yielded results,” Deputy Josh Dubin said Tuesday. “They now have the person they feel was the stabber.”

On April 19, about 12:30 a.m., deputies responding to reports of a fight outside The Vu bar in Newhall detained a man suspected of stabbing a father and son, aged 39 and 21, Finn said shortly after the incident.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that the man initially detained is no longer a suspect, Dubin said. “Originally, deputies made an arrest but released that man, satisfied a different guy was responsible,” he said.

The son was stabbed in the arm, chest and abdomen, while the father was stabbed in the chest and back and suffered a punctured lung, Finn said a couple of days after the incident,

“The son has recovered,” Finn said Tuesday. “The dad, however, still has some issues.”

The identity of the victims has not been released.

According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vagos Motorcycle Club has been identified by the FBI as an outlaw motorcycle club with chapters in California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota.

King was described as an affiliate of the outlaw group.
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chefgirl358: Posted: June 3, 2014 2:14 p.m.

Great, now we have the Vagos hanging out in SCV. Nice.

SReilly12: Posted: June 3, 2014 2:35 p.m.

I'm thinking they probably go to Bike Night at Route 66 also. Half remember a story about the Owner getting his current permits to hold the events and had some issues about the some of his visitors. I know he has a lot of off duty cops working on the side to keep the place orderly for all to enjoy.

lars1: Posted: June 3, 2014 3:07 p.m.

SReilly12, Route 66 has never had any issues with any of the events held there. I don't know what your 'thinking', but what you say is completely false.

The Route 66 area of Canyon Country is nothing like the 'Vu bar' in Downtown Newhall. People should AVOID downtown Newhall, especially after dark, like the plague. Its just full of criminals and degenerates. Its really disconcerting for the City to put on Family events in Newhall. You know, the type of events they suggest bringing young children.
Everyone knows Newhall is not as safe as the city says it is.

I am ok with leaving the downtown area as is.
That is the place for the degenerates to go, and stay away from the safe parts of town. Everyone will find out that the degenerates will not be hassled in downtown Newhall, but will be hassled in other parts of town. They seem to have gotten the message, since they hold their stabbings in downtown Newhall and not Canyon Country.

SReilly12: Posted: June 3, 2014 3:47 p.m.

Lars1 - the comment stands and it is not False as you claim. This very paper ran several stories, check the archives "Route 66 Bike Night get Reprieve" or "Eatery Owner awaits city decision over future Bike Nights" Several others - time frame 4-28-09. BTW the Vagos were specifically mentioned in at least one of the articles. --edited.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 3, 2014 4:09 p.m.

Yeah, I'm with Sreilly on this one. I happen to KNOW first hand some deps that worked the bike nights in years past and talked about the issues with outlaw biker gangs coming to the area. Maybe that's been cleaned up over the past few years, I don't know, but it did used to be an issue.

On the other hand, the classic car show they put on, is a super fun event and we sometimes attend that one.

lars1: Posted: June 3, 2014 4:28 p.m.

SReilly12. you did not read what I said.

The events you mentioned happened FIVE years ago! May 2009.

The "outlawed" bikers have fled Canyon Country,
and have a new home in Newhall bars.

Why don't you bring up events from 1972, over 40 years ago.

"December 2: Five wounded in Vagos biker gang shooting at Curtis & JoAnne Darcy's Acton '49er Saloon'"

She was the Mayor of Santa Clarita.
Its just a coincidence that the "Jo Anne Darcy Library" is across the street from Route 66. Yes, its the same Vagos bikers.

SReilly12: Posted: June 3, 2014 4:53 p.m.

lars1 -" SReilly12, Route 66 has NEVER had any issues with any of the events held there. I don't know what your 'thinking', but what you say is completely false." Your words not mine!!! Now go back and read my comment again......I said, "I believe they PROBABLY go to Bike Night"......that doesn't mean the whole gang.....but you can't honestly believe that not one single biker from this gang hasn't cruised on through since 2009......or do you?!?! For the record, please explain how my opinion can be false? You are the one stating facts - never, ever had any problems at Route 66. --edited.

lars1: Posted: June 3, 2014 6:06 p.m.

The city does not like the events being held at Route 66.

All the "city supporters'" will do anything in their power to discredit the legal Route 66 events.

The article about the "vagos" biker gang mentioned Newhall. There was no word anywhere that this type of disgusting event presently occurring at route 66.
We can leave it to people like SReilly12 to insinuate that this could happen at route 66, so route 66 should stop having their permits approved.

As chefgirl358 says,
"On the other hand, the classic car show they put on, is a super fun event and we sometimes attend that one."

this opinion is not what is coming from "city hall".

chefgirl358: Posted: June 3, 2014 7:28 p.m.


What makes you say the city doesn't want events at Route 66?

Sreilly simply stated the obvious, that there have been issues in the past at Route 66. She didn't say it was chronic, or ongoing, simply that it happened. Dude, you are really flying off the handle unnecessarily and I think you are attacking SR unfairly.

Nobody but YOU said anything about not getting permits approved for Route 66, nobody else even remotely HINTED at it. Not sure where you even came up with such an idea.

SReilly12: Posted: June 3, 2014 7:35 p.m.

@lars - Okay......we need to walk this back a bit. My original comment was in response to Chefgirl's comment about the Vagos being in this valley. I pointed out that they are in this Valley and relayed what I remembered about the issues with permits at Route 66. I never said the owner shouldn't get approved. My family is very supportive of the events that take place there. My hubby has a Harley, he loves to show it off so we attend the Bike nights when we can. I own a corvette, I love muscle cars, we attend the classic car shows all the time. I have a friend who owns a shop across from R66, she hosts sales on show nights - Lars I love seeing my friend succeed in her business. With the limited nightlife that this town has, there is no way I want to loose what little we have. Why are you twisting my words. Did I not say that the Owner of R66 has plenty of LE peeps there to insure everyone acts as they should?

For the record Lars - The events that took place in New Hall CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. That doesn't mean they are going to happen at R66.........but they can happen anywhere and you are fooling yourself if you think otherwise. No place is safe these days.

SReilly12: Posted: June 3, 2014 7:44 p.m.

Chefgirl: Thanks! Can't tell you how many times I re-read my post trying to figure out why he thinks I am anti R66. Love the car shows, love the bike night events and love their creamed

lars1: Posted: June 3, 2014 8:46 p.m.

I repeat. There were no issues at route 66.

Here are the "issues" that you mentioned....

Sheriff's Capt. Anthony La Berge has raised concerns to city officials about what he said is a presence of motorcyclists who are members of the Vagos and Mongols motorcycle clubs.
Route 66's owner, Mr. Thomas said that while some biker-gang members have shown up, they're not welcome and nothing violent has happened.

The city planning department, and City wanted their payoff.
Most notably, on official bike nights, Thomas will be paying about $600 to have two on-duty sheriff's deputies on-scene.
Presently, he pays two to four armed, retired sheriff's deputies $25 an hour to provide security on Wednesday nights.

City Planning Manager Lisa Webber said city officials have received numerous e-mails from residents who either support or oppose Thomas' bike nights.

Since the city WAS SO CONCERNED with an "issue" that never happened, maybe they can step up patrols at The Vu bar in Newhall, and the other stabbings in Newhall.

SReilly12: Posted: June 4, 2014 9:52 p.m.

lars - If the city is holding off on issuing you a permit - there are issues. You want to twist my words to indicate I'm talking violence when in fact I wasn't. The city used the excuse of the Vagos to get what they wanted and it worked.....they got their 2 man $600 team in place. Dude, take a step back, re-read all my posts - we are on the same team I think.....Team R66. --edited.

lars1: Posted: June 4, 2014 6:35 a.m.

the city is very greedy, and dishonest.

In 2009, they held route 66 hostage in its permit application.
Nothing happened other than the Sheriff's concerns that motorcycle gang members might be coming to route 66.
When the city received its "cut" of the action, the conditional use permit was approved for 5 years.
Now, that permit is expiring, and a new permit is needed.
Throwing statements that I think the biker gangs are probably going to route 66 is wrong, especially now since a new permit will be required.
Stating issues that don't exist, maybe makes the city want more of a cut of the action in the permit approval process.

I repeat, the city is greedy and only sees these events as a way of extracting some revenue from the local business economy.
They are not concerned with public safety. If they were, they would prioritize on public safety in downtown Newhall. Instead, the misguided city thinks "roundabouts", "artwork", and slam events are they ways of making downtown Newhall more family friendly. Maybe families should go to the Vu bar and other spots to see criminal activity, you know like tourist spots (Alcatraz Prison). I don't think the city is hassling the owners of the businesses in downtown Newhall (Vu Bar) to "STEP UP SECURITY", and pay the city for Sheriffs presence.

I appreciate that the downtown Newhall part of town has been reserved for that type of activity. Keep it that way.

The "elderly grandmothers" do not like the events at route 66.
Maybe, the city councilmen can attend and show the city's support of a community event and a local business, without getting a payoff.

In a greedy town like Santa Clarita, there are few events like route 66 giving back to the community.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 4, 2014 8:18 a.m.

Has it occurred to you Lars that route 66 is directly next to entire neighborhoods full of homes and some of those people may not appreciate the noise, traffic or problems that large events bring? Even the best, safest of events have those issues, it's just part of a large event, doesn't mean people want to live next to it.

In downtown newhall, the 'Vu is next to absolutely nobody's home.

I still think you are blowing this whole thing WAY out of proportion.

SReilly12: Posted: June 4, 2014 8:54 a.m.

Lars - My comment was not made to negatively impact business operations at R66. I did not know about the permits coming up for renewal again. Had I known I might of added more to the comment that R66 really provides a safe place to enjoy yourself. I would not have deleted the statement about the gangs. Common sense dictates - Motorcycles, Bike Night not everyone is going to be a welcome guest. For the record, my hubby just attended a event there and he told me he saw 2 of their gang members cruise on through the place.

I'm not real familiar with New Hall but just found one of my favorite shops has moved over there and they are in close proximity of bar. As I re-read your comments I keep thinking to myself....well isn't this a case of the Pot calling the Kettle black. Shame on me for saying anything that might defer people from attending or impact the new permit process all the while you go out ALL THE TIME bad mouthing down town NH. There are good business owners over there also, but your constant negative comments are acceptable?!?! If I only listened to you.......hell I wouldn't step foot in NH.

lars1: Posted: June 4, 2014 9:55 a.m.

my comments are about the misdirected efforts of the city of santa clarita.
rather than eliminate the negative criminal aspects of newhall and the surrounding area by increased sheriffs patrols, they have concentrated on ridiculous, stupid, wasteful projects. ie roundabout, artwork, streetscape slam events, expensive bike races etc.
the stabbing at a bar in downtown newhall is a BIG NO to downtown newhall.
it does not seem to be a safe place to hangout at midnight.
it does not affect any business in canyon country in any way.
I, and everyone I know, would go to route 66 over the vu.

the roadway of newhall avenue south of the railroad tracks is HORRIBLE.
why doesn't the city fix the roadway heading in and out of downtown?
it would be a whole lot more attractive and appealing.

the city has spent over a hundred million dollars in downtown newhall attempting to turn it into an "arts district". just grandmothers whims.
they have done this in a shotgun approach, without a lot of thought.
with continued dangerous criminal activity, that money is just flushed down the toilet.
I am amazed that the businesses in downtown newhall think they are a "public charity" and should receive public funds.
ps. you cant stop anyone from driving through any place.
but you can tell anyone to leave.

chefgirl, downtown santa paula has a free car night, the first Friday of every month. that event attracts many people to downtown businesses,
and it also has police and fire departments attendance showcasing their capabilities. I said before, the elderly grandmother do not like this type of event. that is why it will never happen in downtown newhall.

ccboys2013: Posted: June 4, 2014 11:38 a.m.

Why do we care what side of Santa Clarita these things happen on. The bottom line is the sheriff dept needs to go after these bad guys and keep them out of the city all together. I have a business in old Newhall and its a great place. The problem is the city is only concerned with writing traffic tickets instead of stopping the bad guys and putting them in jail.

Route 66 and the Vu are not the problem! It's about enforcement!

cj64: Posted: June 4, 2014 11:52 a.m.

ccboys, I totally agree. It should be top priority for the City to put the bad guys away. In many Signal polls, the people want public safety to be the top priority. Instead the City Leaders feel artwork, landscaping and bike races are areas the City should spend money. Wrong! They only want to increase revenue by writing tickets. The City is also not supporting Bike or Car events in Santa Clarita. A few years ago there was a big car show on Creekside, with all the car dealers participating. It was a worthwhile, safe, FUN family and community event. I guess greed has gotten in the way and prevented that from occurring again.
In the past years, Galpin Subaru put on a cars and coffee event one Sunday each month. My guess is that the City did not like this, so it is gone.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 4, 2014 3:32 p.m.

Yep agree completely with you ccboys and cj64. YES, my hubby and I attended the event on Creekside and it had lots of food trucks and was one of the best events I can remember in SCV, sadly it never happened again:(

We attend classic car and bike shows other cities. Our town simply doesn't offer many events of that type. There are some good events here, I'm not saying there are no events...there are. They just don't usually trend toward the classic car/bike scene, art walks, etc. And it would be nice if when they DO have these events, that they move them around a bit. It was awesome to have it on Creekside. The route 66 show is fun too. Why not do something in Saugus, Valencia, the promenade at the mall on the movie theater side, etc? COC?

tpaul: Posted: June 4, 2014 3:35 p.m.

George would know the real answer

cj64: Posted: June 4, 2014 6:54 p.m.

chefgirl358, the City produces very lame events only to attract art enthusiasts. Here are some of the "slam events": The color red. Chocolate. Garlic. I really don't get these type of events. They don't appeal to many people I know. I have been to the car event lars1 mentioned in Santa Paula. Its held every month, and brings in a lot of customers. Route 66 knows that these type of events are good for business. I do not know why they are not held in Downtown Newhall.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 5, 2014 10:21 p.m.

Cj64, oh yeah our city has plenty of LAME events, but once in a while, they'll have good ones too (concerts in the park, bow wows n meows, food trucks) but it is rare.

When I say art walk. I mean really good ones like they always have in Ojai, Ventura, Santa Barbara, or some of the other cool cities where there is actual real artwork - paintings, photography, sidewalk chalk artists, artisan crafts, etc. I do NOT mean their dorky newhall "slam" nonsense! We spend far more of our free time in those cities than we do here for fun activities, food, etc. Ever gone to the dirt track races at Ventura? It's a blast! It's also the coolest venue ever, directly across the street from the beach. Just bring blankets and sweatshirts because it gets chilly at night.

Thanks, we'll check out the Santa Paula show.

cj64: Posted: June 5, 2014 5:49 a.m.

I went to the Saugus Speedway back in the 1990s. A fun thing to do when there really wasn't much here. It was an event before there ever was a City of Santa Clarita. Some people did not like it, so it is gone.
From what I understand, the City also doesn't like the Swap Meet.
You buy things there without paying sales tax, and since the City doesn't make any money, that soon will be gone.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 5, 2014 8:46 a.m.


Yep, I grew up in Saugus and have fond memories of going to the races. Even when we didn't go, we could hear the racecars from our house. I also remember the strong smell of onions growing everywhere and the Tapia Brothers farm stand down the street.

It wouldn't surprise me if the city was anti swap meet, but I can't see that it would make much of a difference to them. It's really no different from buying stuff at a garage sale, ebay or craigslist and they can't make those go away. I do think they'd love to get rid of the Speedway altogether though, not because of the swap meet itself, but so they can put something that will make them lots of money there like apartments and shops. Even though nobody can fill all of the empty stores around town already, they always want to build more empty shopping centers.

I'll never understand how they were able to get anything built (Riverwalk and the condos) across from the speedway. Between the fact that it's in a riverbed (that HAS flooded and taken out lanes of Soledad Cyn Rd in recent history!) that will flood in heavy winters and liquify in an earthquake, and the whole contaminated Bermite / groundwater issues, there HAD to be some kind of crazy shamma lamma to get those things approved.

cj64: Posted: June 5, 2014 9:45 a.m.

Building homes in the area is a total ripoff to the people who buy them. Besides the toxic waste dump, earthquake damage from liquefaction, there is flooding risk. The train tracks have been there for more than a hundred years, and the people who put the tracks in knew what they were doing. The tracks are raised behind the swap meet. Why? There is something called the Hundred Year Flood Plain. That is the highest level the river(flood) would rise in a hundred years. Researching local history, I discovered that there was tremendous flooding in the late 1930s and the 1970s. The flooding in the 1930s was almost to the level of the railroad tracks behind the swapmeet.
In the 1990s the flooding was so bad that it took out part of the Bouquet Canyon Bridge.
If you buy off people in government you get what you want.

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