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Seize and desist

SWAT teams take guns, ammo and knives during investigation of fight between Hells Angels and Set Free Soldiers.

August 11, 2008|By Joseph Serna

Police who were called to the scene pulled over a car with three Set Free Soldiers inside, Sailor said. There, authorities found two knives with blood on the blade, he said.

Of the dozen arrested last week, three men from Anaheim were released without being charged. They were: Mark Beavers, 52, David Bermeo, 33 and Jeremy Gaither, 28.

The men accused of being Set Free Soldiers face charges ranging from possession of a deadly weapon with gang enhancements to street terrorism are: Phillip Aguilar, 60, the reported leader and pastor of the group; his son, Matthew Aguilar, 29; Michael Timanus, 29; Jose Quinones, 42, accused of stabbing the Hells Angels and Glenn Schoeman, 56, accused as an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping Quinones hide, authorities said.

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Police seized more than 20 handguns, eight to 10 shotguns, several rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition and several knives from Hells Angels members’ homes, police said.

Set Free Soldiers’ homes were equally stocked, with the addition of several Tasers, police said. Newport Beach police are concerned that the Set Free Soldiers may be looking to expand into Newport-Mesa, Sailor said. At least one of the group’s jackets seized during last week’s raid had Costa Mesa and Newport Beach emblazoned on the back. Those charged will be arraigned later this month or in mid-September.


JOSEPH SERNA may be reached at (714) 966-4619 or at joseph.serna@latimes.com.

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