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March 14, 2013

Bikers held on bail in attack

Danvers man among four arrested on kidnapping, extortion charges

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On Thursday, Sept. 27, a Red Devils meeting was convened at the club’s “church” to discuss the breech of club rules and to administer punishment, according to the report. Club members allegedly stripped the victim of his gang credentials for a year and ordered him to surrender his gang patch, his belt buckle and his keys to the club. A day later, the victim was again approached by Barr, who worked with him at a Revere construction company, and ordered him to quit his job, which he did, according to police.

In mid-October, a rumor began circulating that the victim was talking to members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, a sworn enemy of both the Red Devils and Hells Angels, with the intention of joining them, according to police. Word filtered back to Red Devils leaders, who ordered the victim to return to the “church,” where he was to wait for Hells Angels members to speak to him, according to the report.

At that meeting, attended by the suspects, the victim was ordered to hand over the keys to his motorcycle, according to police. Fearful for his safety, the victim said he complied and was ordered not to reveal the theft to anyone. If he reported the theft, he would be harmed, according to the report.

Moments later, Eliason allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat and threw him to the ground. The victim said he lost consciousness. When he awoke, he was sitting in a chair against a wall and was allegedly asked by Barr, “hand or knee?” Barr, according to the report, had a ball-peen hammer in his hand, a heavy metalworking hammer used by gang members to inflict serious injury. Fearing for his life, the victim said he put out his right hand and placed it on a stool next to the chair. Barr then allegedly struck the victim’s hand twice with the hammer, causing extensive damage.

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