Suspect ID'd in killing of Hells Angels leader

Police are hunting for a rank-and-file member of a rival bike club in connection with the slaying of a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club leader in San Francisco.

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Christopher Ablett, 35, of Modesto, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle club.  Albert is sought in connection with the fatal Sept. 2 shooting in the Mission neighborhood of 46-year old Mark Guardado, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels, according to Homicide Inspector Karen Lynch.

The U.S. Marshalls and other police agencies are searching for Ablett, who is considered dangerous but not believed to be a gang leader, according to Lynch.

“We are looking for him everywhere – we really don't know where he is,” Lynch said.

Police executed a search warrant and seized a Harley Davidson and other evidence Thursday from Ablett's Modesto home, according to police.

The six-foot tall, 210-pound gang member is wanted for murder and for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

The seized bike's license plate number matched the license plate number linked to the shooter on the night of the shooting by police.

However, the department needed to gather a substantial amount of additional evidence before they could secure an arrest warrant, according to Lynch.

Guardado died from wounds inflicted by a handgun at about 10:30 p.m. at the corner of 24th and Treat streets, but a motive for the killing hasn't been determined by police, according to Lynch.

The pair was involved in a fight immediately prior to the shooting, according to Lynch.

“It was verbal at first and then there was wrestling and then it escalated to a shooting. ? We believe there was a dispute of some sort between Christopher and Mark Guardado but we don't really know what caused the dispute,” Lynch said.

Guardado was killed within a five-minute ride of the headquarters of the so-called Frisco chapter of the Hells Angels – one of the oldest chapters in the country.

The Mongols and the Hells Angels have a history of bloody warfare. Three gang-members died, ten others were hospitalized and 14 were charged with crimes as a result of a 2002 brawl between the gangs' members at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas during the Laughlin River Run, a motorcycle event.

A wake for Guardado is scheduled for Sunday and a funeral service Monday at Duggan's Serra Mortuary in Daly City.

Police expect Hells Angels gang members to descend on the area for the services.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

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