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March 14, 2013

Bikers charged in hammer attack on 'disgraced' gang member

By DAVE ROGERS

Staff Writer

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 punishment 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.

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