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March 14, 2013

attack lands bikers in jail

Members charged with kidnapping and assault with a hammer

BYFIELD — Four alleged members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Red Devils Motorcycle Club were arrested yesterday by the state police gang unit, charged with kidnapping and smashing a disgraced Red Devils member’s hand with a hammer during a ritualistic ceremony last October inside the Red Devils club’s Byfield “church” at Pearson’s Plaza.

Sean R. Burr, 48, 19 Fayette St., Lynn; Marc T. Eliason, 35, of 74 Robinson St., Lynn; Brian T. Weymouth, 40, of 20 Jacobs Ave., Danvers; and Nicholas Avelis, 54, of 44 Grapevine Road, Gloucester; were arraigned yesterday in Newburyport District Court on kidnapping, mayhem and extortion by threat of injury charges.

Judge Allen Swan ordered all four held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday. A dangerousness hearing is ordered to determine whether granting a defendant bail may pose a risk to the victim or society in general.

The arrests took place a day after police issued warrants for their arrests based on statements made by the Revere victim and his family regarding incidents that began back on Sept. 22, 2012, and culminated Monday when the men allegedly threatened to kill the victim, rape his girlfriend and harm her children, according to state police.

A state police report, included in court documents, show a culture of gang violence and retribution that began innocently enough back in September when the victim, a former member of the Red Devils, attended a Sweet 16 birthday party for his girlfriend’s daughter at the Revere Lodge of Elks in Revere. At that party, attended by several Red Devils members, a former Hells Angels member who had been “put out bad” by the notorious group, was spotted by the victim. Per Red Devils Motorcycle Club rules, every member who attended the party was supposed to beat up the disgraced Hells Angel member on sight.

When the victim let the Hell’s Angel member leave the party without being roughed up, it caught the attention of other Red Devil members and the Hells Angels. Both groups accused the victim and other Red Devils members of violating club rules. One of the suspects, Barr, a reported member of the Hells Angels, then told the victim that he and the other members of the gang who had attended the party had a week to find the man and beat him up for attending the party.

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