Belmont coffee beaning linked to biker gang rivalry 

A stunning crowbar attack in front of a bustling Peet’s coffee shop in Belmont earlier this month stemmed from a jailhouse spat between rival bikers, prosecutors said Monday.

Orlando Rodriguez, 40, who prosecutors said is a member of the so-called Wanted motorcycle club, faces multiple charges in connection with the March 6 brawl that broke out while the El Camino coffee shop was buzzing with customers about 11:35 a.m.

Rodriguez pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday. His bail was set at $250,000 and he remains in custody, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Rodriguez and the victim, a 33-year-old alleged member of the Hells Angels, had argued while doing time in County Jail early this month, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. After they were both released, prosecutors said, Rodriguez spotted the victim having a coffee at Peet’s, which led to the fight.



Rodriguez allegedly swung a crowbar at the victim’s head. The victim blocked the blow with his left arm and suffered a severe fracture, Wagstaffe said.

After the attack, Rodriguez allegedly said, “Are you still claiming Hells Angels?” before driving off in his car.

Rodriguez’s biker gang is currently embroiled in a violent feud with the Hells Angels, Wagstaffe said.

The case is set for a preliminary hearing April 2.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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