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March 21, 2013

Bikers held in assault case


The following month, Camelio said, the victim was summoned to a meeting with Brown, a Hells Angel, and Avelis, at a Saugus Dunkin’ Donuts, where he was confronted with a rumor that he had been in contact with a rival biker gang, the “Outlaws.”

They ordered him to a meeting at the Red Devils “clubhouse” in Byfield, located in a strip mall near Interstate 95, the prosecutor said.

Present for that meeting was Defronzo, along with Barr, Brown, Eliason, Weymouth and Avelis, Camelio said.

Camelio said Eliason grabbed the victim by the throat until he was unconscious and threw him to the floor.

Two of the men, Weymouth and Eliason, took the victim’s keys and drove to Revere, planning to take his motorcycle, the prosecutor said. Meanwhile, in Byfield, the victim came to and was put in a chair, Camelio told the judge.

He was asked “hand or knee?” the prosecutor said. The victim held out his hand, flinching a couple of times before Barr landed two blows with a heavy ball-peen hammer, Camelio said.

They then waited for Weymouth and Eliason to return, according to the prosecutor.

The victim later sought treatment for his damaged hand, telling a doctor that an engine block had fallen on it.

During the next couple of months, the gang repeatedly threatened the victim, the prosecutor said, demanding the title to his motorcycle.

Last week, Eliason went to the victim’s home, threatening to burn down his house and rape his girlfriend in front of him unless he got the title, Camelio said. He said he would be back the following day.

The following day, as promised, Eliason returned.

But state police were also listening to their conversation, during which Eliason confirmed much of what had happened.

Camelio said he intends to use those recordings, both audio and video, during today’s hearing.

Lawyers for several of the men urged Cornetta to schedule immediate hearings, something the judge agreed to do.

Weymouth’s lawyer, Robert Wheeler, said his client had recently undergone “major back surgery” and had not been receiving his pain medication while in custody at Middleton Jail.

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