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March 14, 2013

Bikers held on bail in attack

Danvers man among four arrested on kidnapping, extortion charges


After the alleged assault, the victim was ordered to remain at the club for another 15 minutes to allow club members to leave, according to police. Afterward, the victim said he 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 said he told doctors that 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, according to police. 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, according to police.

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

The Red Devils have been part of the Byfield community for at least two years, having opened their club inside the strip mall at 2 Fruit St., near Interstate 95, around fall 2010.

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 that 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 are good tenants.

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

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