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March 14, 2013

Bikers charged in hammer attack on 'disgraced' gang member


After the alleged assault, the victim was ordered to remain at the club for another 15 minutes to allow club members to leave. Afterwards, the victim drove himself to the Square One Mall in Saugus where his girlfriend was waiting to drive him to a nearby hospital. At the hospital, the victim told doctors he had dropped an engine block on his hand.

In the months that followed the alleged attack, Barr repeatedly called the victim’s girlfriend or showed up at her home looking for the title to the victim’s motorcycle. The girlfriend was ordered to hand over the title, with a threat that things would get much worse for the victim if she didn’t comply, according to the report.

On Monday, Eliason visited the victim and threatened to break both of his legs, rape his girlfriend in front of him, harm his girlfriend’s children and then “finish him off,” if he didn’t hand over the title to the motorcycle.

A day later, arrest warrants were issued for the four suspects.

The Red Devils Motorcycle Club has been members of the Byfield community for at least two years, having opened up their club inside the Byfield strip mall located near Interstate 95 around fall 2010. The plaza, at 2 Fruit St., is home to the Parker River Pub and Grill, the Byfield Water District, a general store, Pearson’s Family Hardware and other small businesses. It is owned by Ronald and Edna Pearson.

The Red Devils are well represented regionally with chapters in Essex County/Cape Ann and Middlesex County, according to a Red Devils website. According to several websites, the Red Devils are known as a feeder or support group to the Hells Angels, arguably the most well-known outlaw motorcycle club in the country.

Newbury police Chief Michael Reilly yesterday said since the club opened, there have been no police calls to that address. Reilly added it was not within his power to shut down the club, saying it was up to the landlords to decide whether the Red Devils were good tenants.

“They still have a right to assemble,” Reilly said.

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