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March 21, 2013

Bikers held in assault case

SALEM — Five men said to be members of the Hells Angels biker gang and their Byfield-based Red Devils “farm team” crowded into a Salem Superior Court dock yesterday, less than a week after an Essex County grand jury indicted them on kidnapping, mayhem and extortion charges.

A sixth reputed member made a quick appearance on Monday to answer to similar charges that he also took part in kidnapping, beating and then stealing the motorcycle of a former member.

Sean Barr, 48, of Lynn, said to be a member of the Hells Angels Lynn chapter; Brian Weymouth, 41, and Marc Eliason, 35, both of 20 Jacobs Ave., Danvers; and Nikolas Avelis, 54, of 44 Grapevine Road, Gloucester, who were all arrested last Wednesday; and George Brown, 49, of 31-33 Salem St., Salem, all pleaded not guilty yesterday to the charges. Robert Defronzo, 45, of Saugus pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Now, they’re being held without bail, charged in a plot straight out of a B movie, right down to the witness who wore a wire to ensnare his former associates.

They’re due back in court today for a dangerousness hearing, where prosecutor A.J. Camelio is asking a Salem Superior Court judge to hold them without bail pending trial.

Camelio told Judge Robert Cornetta that the problems for the victim started back in September, when he was attending a party in Revere, where a former member of the Red Devils showed up.

That man had been “put out” of the club, Camelio said, and under the rules of the Red Devils organization, members were under a standing order to beat up such former members.

But the victim, a Revere man, did not.

That got him into hot water with Barr, who as a Hells Angel, Camelio said, had some authority over Red Devils members. The victim was ordered to quit his job as a contractor, a job he’d obtained with the assistance of the organization, and was told that he was under suspension from the Red Devils for a year as a result of his nonfeasance, the prosecutor said.

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