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March 15, 2013

Two gang suspects still at large

Police seek more men for Red Devils beating in Byfield

BYFIELD — Two additional suspects, charged with kidnapping, mayhem and extortion related to the brutal beating of a disgraced Red Devils Motorcycle Club member in October, remain at large, almost 48 hours after four other bikers were arrested on the same charges.

A state police official yesterday said the agency was not releasing the names of the suspects and that no further information on the two men was available.

Lynn residents Sean R. Burr, 48, of 19 Fayette St., and Marc T. Eliason, 35, of 74 Robinson St., together with Brian T. Weymouth, 40, of 20 Jacobs Ave., Danvers; and Nicholas Avelis, 54, of 44 Grapevine Road, Gloucester, were indicted yesterday at Salem Superior Court on kidnapping, mayhem and extortion by threat of injury charges following their arraignment at Newburyport District Court.

Evidence indicates that Barr and Eliason are members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club while Avelis and Weymouth are affiliated with the Red Devils. State police called the relationship between the two gangs “friendly.”

Police believe the four suspects were directly involved with the maiming of a Revere man at the Red Devils club in Byfield in mid-October. According to police, Barr smashed the victim’s hand with a ball peen hammer, a heavy metalworking hammer used by gang members to inflict serious injury. The victim was attacked after word began circulating that he had begun talking with members of the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club with the intention of joining them.

The victim had once been a member of the Red Devils but had been “put out bad” by other members for allegedly not roughing up a disgraced Hells Angels member who attended a Red Devils party back in September. Per gang protocol, members are required to beat up those “put out bad” or kicked out by their clubs should they attend club parties or events.

Among the locations raided yesterday morning were a Hells Angels clubhouse in Lynn and a Red Devils clubhouse in Byfield. Evidence by state police crime scene services was collected at certain locations.

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