Manteca- Two Hells Angels Bikers have been arrested for the 2011 murder of 26-year-old Daniel Martinez and the attempted murder of Isaac Martinez, 30. After working closely with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office to obtain murder warrants, County Sheriff’s detectives were able to arrest David John Splan, 42, and Brandon James Gann, 31, on January 2nd.
On August 15th 2011, Daniel Martinez was outside with his brother Isaac in the parking lot of Isaac’s auto shop. Daniel and Isaac were near two motorcycles when two white males drove towards them in a white compact SUV. Witnesses told deputies that the SUV sped through the parking lot and eventually collided with one of the motorcycles. The two men then exited the SUV and began beating both victims.
During the fight, the passenger of the SUV went back to the vehicle to retrieve a handgun and began firing at the victims. After both victims fell to the ground, the two suspects returned to their vehicle and fled the scene at a high speed.
Deputies received a call at 6:30 p.m., reporting that shots had been fired in the 17000 block of Ideal Parkway off East Highway 120. Once they arrived at the scene, deputies found Daniel unresponsive and bleeding from a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Isaac was later found a short distance away, suffering from a gunshot wound and having difficulty breathing. He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and survived his injuries.
Investigators say the incident was an act of retaliation, as Martinez was a member of Modesto’s Most Envied Motorcycle Club.
Both Splan and Gann are being held in the San Joaquin County Jail and are being held with bail of $5,000,000. Their charges include being armed with a firearm during a felony, intentional and personal discharge of a firearm, deliberate premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder.
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