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June 7, 2014

Fugitive wanted in beating caught

Heavily tattooed local actor nabbed in Groveland

GROVELAND — A North Andover man who has appeared in well-known movies was arrested in Groveland by U.S. Marshals in connection with a 2009 beating and stabbing outside a Quebec night club.

Ziad Akl, 40, 40 Royal Crest Drive, North Andover, was arrested Wednesday on Salem Street by the U.S. Marshals Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force with help from 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.

Akl was ordered sent back to Canada to face assault charges.

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

Akl has also lived in Methuen and Dracut. He was arrested in Londonderry in March and charged with drunken driving.

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 before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal and was ordered taken 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. The bouncer had earlier prevented one member of their group from entering the Red Lite without paying the cover charge, the complaint said.

The man who was stopped from entering the club 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 later arrived in six cars with brass knuckles, knives, a bat and a pistol, the complaint said.

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