Hells Angels Now Prefer Peet's to Starbucks
|At least they are supporting local business|
According to the Examiner, a Belmont Peet's Coffee & Tea was the location of the latest Hells Angels brawl, which started with a cuppa Joe and ended with fractured bones. The Angel was reportedly sitting at the coffee shop, sipping his beverage, when a member of the rival motorcycle gang "Wanted" spotted him from afar.
He recognized the Angel from their recent stay in county jail together, where the two had had a fight that clearly has not yet been resolved.
The Ex reports that Orlando Jesus Rodriguez saw the Angel on March 6 outside the Peet's Coffee shop. When he approached him, the two began to fight -- again. Rodriguez allegedly pulled out a crowbar and swung it at the 33-year-old Hells Angel's head. The victim blocked the blow with his hand, which left him with some seriously fractured bones.
Before driving off, Rodriguez allegedly shouted "Are you still claiming Hells Angels?"
Rodriguez appeared in court today where he pleaded not guilty. A preliminary trial is set for April 2, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told us. He couldn't give us any more details about the incident, including what type of coffee drink the victim was sipping. However he did say the defense could attribute this incident to caffeine. "That just might be where the defense goes ... blame it on the quality of the coffee," he said with a chuckle.
Of course, this isn't the first time the Hells Angels have been embroiled in conflict over coffee. How could we forget the infamous January 2010 fight between the Hells Angels and another rival gang, the Vagos, which led to several deaths, including the murder of San Jose's president Jeffrey Pettigrew. That fight wasn't about whose bike was bigger -- it was over which gang could claim territory over the local Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz.
"Only in Santa Cruz would you have biker wars over who's going to control pumpkin spice lattes," Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark told reporters at the time.
It's safe to assume you should never mess with a Hells Angel before they've had their coffee.