Police arrested three Mongols Motorcycle Club affiliates on Monday in connection with a confrontation with Hells Angels members on Buck Owens Boulevard last month that resulted in a Mongol being fatally shot.
Christopher Clay Wilson, 40, Eliseo Ray Miranda, 45, and Arturo Desiderio, 37, were arrested on suspicion of crimes including attempted murder and gang participation, according to police.
The confrontation occurred May 5 as Hells Angels bikers were attending an event in the 3200 block of Buck Owens Boulevard. A number of Mongols — who have a long, violent rivalry with the Hells Angels — showed up in what police say was a deliberate plan to provoke the Hells Angels into a fight.
One of the Mongols, Ricardo Viera, fired a round from an illegal firearm into a crowd of people at the event, police said. At least one person was struck and suffered minor injuries.
Another person at the event then armed himself with a handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. Police said this man, who is not associated with the Hells Angels, called the Bakersfield Police Department several minutes later and reported his involvement.
He was detained, but was not arrested or charged as witness statements and video backed up his statement to police.
Court records show Miranda and Desiderio are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.