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June 7, 2014

Fugitive Nabbed in Groveland

Actor wanted in Canada after violent nightclub beating

GROVELAND — A North Andover man U.S. Marshals arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a 2009 beating and stabbing outside a Quebec night club was ordered sent back to Canada to face assault charges.

Ziad Akl, 40, 40 Royal Crest Drive, North Andover, was arrested on Salem Street in Groveland by the U.S. Marshals Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force with assistance by Groveland Police.

Akl, a heavily-tattooed man who was an extra in the films “Shutter Island” and “The Fighter,” was wanted on a warrant out of Quebec for aggravated assault and assault, according to federal court documents. He is accused of participating in an attack on several bouncers at the Red Lite nightclub in Laval, a town near Montreal.

Groveland Police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz said four of his officers assisted, but the Marshals conducted the arrest and took Akl into their custody.

Akl also has lived in Methuen and Dracut. He was arrested in Londonderry in March for driving under the influence.

He appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston yesterday for an extradition hearing. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, said Akl waived extradition yesterday before Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal and was ordered removed to Canada.

According to the complaint filed against Akl in federal court, Akl, his brother Elias Akl and more than a dozen other men attacked a bouncer between 3 and 4 a.m. on Dec. 26, 2009, who earlier had prevented one of their gang from entering the Red Lite without paying the cover.

The man said he was a member of the “Ti-Bob” gang and would come back with others to cause trouble, according to the complaint. The Akl brothers and others arrived in six cars with brass knuckles, knives, a bat and a pistol, according to the complaint.

Elias Akl hit the bouncer in the chest and several men, including Ziad Akl, drew knives. Another bouncer came to help, but was stabbed three times and beaten and stomped until he was unconscious, according to the complaint.

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