History[ edit ] During World War II , many military service men rode motorcycles and grew attached to them, and could not leave them after the war. The motorcycle enthusiasts formed clubs around the time hot rods were in style.
They shared the streets with another motorcycle club named the Psychos Redlands. In , a feud occurred among a few of the Psychos members; they left the group and created their own club, which is now known as Vagos MC.
Their colors pay homage to their founders' Mexican heritage. The club expanded to the Riverside, California and the California high desert areas, and later to Mexico and Europe. Vago is Spanish for vagabond or wanderer.
Their denim jackets sport their top rockers with their club name integrated into the middle patch,  and bottom rockers with their chapter's region or state, such as "SO. CAL",  "California", or "Arizona". An MF patch meaning motorcycle family , is received by a member after a probationary period is over and the member is validated as a member of the Vagos family on the front. The Vagos have Chapters all throughout Southern California.
Vagos MC criminal allegations and incidents[ edit ] Hemet traps[ edit ] On March 17, , amid allegations that Vagos members had fabricated home-made booby traps to maim and kill police detectives in Hemet, California ,  police arrested at least 30 Vagos members in a multi-state raid of Utah , Nevada , Arizona , and California, involving police officers from 60 law enforcement agencies.
The police raided 73 locations in Southern California, seizing weapons and drugs, and discovered a meth lab. On December 31, , the unmarked headquarters of the Hemet Gang Task Force was filled with natural gas, which had been routed into the building through a hole drilled in the roof. Two task force members had detected the gas and backed away without triggering the explosion. The day before that attack, a Vagos funeral was held at a church next to the office.
On February 23, , a task force member opened a security gate outside the building, causing a homemade zip gun attached to the gate to fire, nearly hitting his head. On March 5, a task force member who had parked an unmarked police car in front of a convenience store in Hemet found a homemade pipe bomb hidden underneath the vehicle. Meanwhile, they had arrested two men that had no ties to the club. The club's attorney, Joseph Yanny, stated he was pleased with the result: What was important was that the club clear its name and take this shadow off them.
The next day, a Vagos member was wounded at a rally by a drive-by shooter. On March 9, , law enforcement conducted "Operation 22 Green", which involved personnel from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local police and sheriff's departments. The operation resulted in the arrest of 25 Vagos members and associates for violating firearms and drugs policies.
It was "one of the largest coordinated law enforcement probes ever conducted in Southern California ". In December , police arrested six Vagos members for "charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, coercion and second-degree kidnapping" that occurred in August The victim had announced he was leaving the club, but suffered a beating at the Custom Motorcycle auto shop in Grants Pass, Oregon , and was then taken to his home where they attempted to rob him they failed. The local center received about 20 calls, which reported that approximately 20 men were fighting, and that shots had been fired.