Explosives placed in driveway of San Jose motorcycle club member

Explosions heard early this morning in San Jose occurred in the driveway of a Mongols motorcycle club member's home, a San Jose police spokesman said this afternoon.

The explosions were reported in the 700 block of Melannie Court, near Melbourne Boulevard, shortly after 3:30 a.m. Police received multiple calls from residents reporting loud blasts.

Police spokesman Jermaine Thomas said devices that had been placed in the motorcycle club member's driveway exploded, damaging two parked cars. No one was injured, nor was the house damaged.

Thomas did not give details on the devices.

The incident comes three days after about 1,000 bikers attended a memorial service in Daly City for Mark Guardado, the slain president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club.

Guardado, 46, was shot dead around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 outside a bar in San Francisco's Mission District, allegedly by a member of the Mongols, who are rivals of the Hells Angels.

The suspect in the killing, 35-year-old Christopher Ablett of Modesto, is still at large.

Thomas said it is not clear whether this morning's explosions were retaliation for Guardado's killing.

Police “don't know if it was retaliation, or if it even has something to do with the previous incident. We are investigating all aspects of it,” Thomas said.

Police searched Ablett's home Sept. 11 and seized a motorcycle and other potential evidence.

Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The most dangerous behaviors by drivers include failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, unsafe speeding and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. <ins>(Courtesy SFPUC)</ins>
Changes in leadership at SFPUC spark concern, hope for future water policy

Will agency’s new commissioner continue to support Big Ag?

Supervisor Shamann Walton joined with community members to speak out against rising homicides, which have taken a heavy toll in the Bayview-Hunters Point in 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F Examiner)
SF homicides surpass 2019 total with month left in year

Police attribute rise to COVID-19, shootings and deadly gang violence

A screenshot from SFPD body worn camera
New videos show police shooting man armed with knife, frying pan

Police say Antonio Estrada set fire to apartment building before shooting

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the Department of Public Health, said he expected San Francisco to enter the purple tier within days.
Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner
SF still in the red but expects move into purple tier ‘some time soon’

Four more counties moved into highest COVID-19 risk category by state

Most Read