November 30, 2016

Hells Angels member arrested in Santa Rosa sex assault

When a 49-year-old Santa Rosa woman learned her husband was about to be stripped of his membership in the notorious Hells Angels (link is external) Motorcycle Club, police say she met with a member over the weekend to get answers.
Instead of receiving an explanation, officials say she was sexually assaulted by the former president of the outlaw biker group’s Sonoma County chapter and forced to comply for the sake of her husband’s safety.
Her attacker, 53-year-old Rohnert Park resident Raymond Michael Foakes (link is external), was arrested Monday night on suspicion of sexual assault, victim intimidation, stalking and gang participation.
The meeting was set up Saturday night, when the victim received a phone call about 11 p.m. to meet Foakes at the Hells Angels Clubhouse off of Frazier Avenue in Santa Rosa, according to Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
She drove to the location, met Foakes and he allegedly ordered her into the passenger seat while he drove them to a secluded area off of Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa, police said.
He parked the car and sexually assaulted her against her will, threatening to hurt her husband if she didn’t submit, sheriff’s officials said.
“He has a history of violent crimes and a long history of involvement in the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” said Sgt. Spencer Crum (link is external), a sheriff’s office spokesman,
Foakes drove back to the Hells Angels Clubhouse after the assault, left the car and the victim went home. She called the sheriff’s office to report the encounter the next day, Crum said.
Detectives with the domestic violence sexual assault unit obtained a search warrant from a Sonoma County judge as they investigated the incident.
A sheriff’s SWAT team was called in light of Foakes’ violent crime history to serve the warrant at his Rohnert Park home about 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 7500 block of Monet Place.
Foakes wasn’t home but was found and arrested by deputies at a meeting he was attending off Airway Drive in Santa Rosa. Detectives would not disclose what evidence they found at Foakes’ home or the nature of the meeting he was at when he was arrested.
He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail, where he was being held on $1 million bail.
Foakes was a past president of the Sonoma County Hells Angels. He had formerly served prison sentences for a variety of offenses ranging from a 2002 brawl with a rival motorcycle gang at a casino in southern Nevada in which three people died, to fraud and money laundering. Federal agents had previously raided the Santa Rosa Hells Angels headquarters in 2006 to search for him during a Bay Area-wide FBI manhunt before he turned himself in to face methamphetamine possession and distribution charges.

Queensland reworks anti-bikie laws into 'toughest crime laws in Australia'

THUMPERRRR on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 6:22pm
The Palaszczuk Government has passed one of its key legislative priorities, overhauling the state's organised crime laws and scrapping many of the former government's controversial bikie measures.

Key points of bill:

  • New offences for people who administer child exploitation websites, encourage use of child exploitation websites, or advise on avoiding detection
  • Lifts maximum penalty for child exploitation from 14 to 20 years
  • Empowers police to seek warrant to gain passwords/information to access electronic information
  • Increases maximum sentences for drug trafficking from 20 to 25 years
  • Following a police warning, people can be banned from consorting with two other people convicted of serious indictable offences
  • New serious organised crime circumstance of aggravation punishable by mandatory imprisonment
  • New summary offence prohibiting outlaw motorcycle gang colours in public, expanding beyond current licensed venue ban

State Parliament passed the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill last night with the help of Katter's Australian Party (KAP) MPs.
The new laws still target outlaw motorcycle gang activity but aim to take tougher approach to organised crime across the board.
The bill extends the banning of outlaw motorcycle club members wearing their club colours to all public places, not to just licenced premises, as was dictated under the LNP laws.
They replace existing anti-association provisions with a new consorting offence, making it illegal for a person to consort with two or more convicted offenders after being warned by police not to do so.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new laws would give Queensland the toughest organised crime laws in the country.
"My government is proud to have delivered a package of organised crime laws that will tackle everything from child exploitation rings to financial fraudster groups and outlaw motorcycle gangs," she said.
Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said there had not been one conviction under the previous Newman government's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws.
"The taskforce report on organised crime legislation found the LNP's laws were unable to secure convictions and remained vulnerable to legal challenge," Mrs D'Ath said.
"Importantly, these laws are subject to judicial oversight and proper processes to ensure its legal standing and sustainability."
The Opposition was critical of the changes, saying the LNP's anti-bikie laws had worked and the changes were a concession to bikies.

'Crims have nothing to fear from this Government'

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said crime fell in 2014 after the LNP introduced the VLAD laws.
He said winding them back would lead to a resurgence of problems.
"The crims know they have nothing to fear from this Government. They know for all their talk and all their rhetoric, when it comes down to it, they will go to jelly — they don't have the intestinal fortitude to drive the criminal gangs out of Queensland to protect Queenslanders."
The VLAD laws were introduced after a bikie brawl outside a restaurant at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in September 2013.

Member for Surfers Paradise John-Paul Langbroek said residents were concerned about a bikie resurgence.
"This bill is nothing but a kick in the guts for Gold Coast locals, " he said.
"It will mean bikie club houses can reopen, bikies will be able to carry weapons and they'll be free to run licensed premises."
The LNP's Tracy Davis argued the consequences of changing the laws would hurt ordinary Queenslanders.
"Police were able to catch more drug offenders and get the drugs off our streets and, Deputy Speaker, as a mother of a daughter who got caught up in substance abuse, methylamphetamine, I will do everything that goes towards getting drugs off our streets," she said.
Passage of the new laws looked in doubt when independent MP Rob Pyne said he would abstain and KAP MPs said they would use their vote to gain concessions from the ALP on other issues.
But KAP's Rob Katter and Shane Knuth eventually sided with the minority government.
Mr Katter would not reveal if a deal had been done to secure sweeteners for their electorates.
"It's always important to both the Opposition and the Government that they know what is high on our agenda because we work with both sides in trying to work through this Parliament, for instance, with the rural bank," he said.
"That's a very important issue for us and if there's no buy-in for that then we could be very important people to deal with."
Mr Katter said they felt the new crime laws would help people living in south-east Queensland.
"You can't be completely ignorant to what are priorities down here so we've got a conscience and we've still got our principles.
"We can't walk away from legislation if it seems like it does a job and does a good job."

Polis vådasköts – nu döms Bandidosmedlem

I samband med en polisinsats vid Bandidos lokaler blev en polis vådaskjuten i handen. I efterhand visade det sig att revolvern tillhörde en tidigare högt uppsatt Bandidosledare. Nu döms han till ett års fängelse.

Det var i slutet av oktober som den tidigare Bandidosledaren stoppades av polisen utanför MC-klubbens lokal i Halmstad. Detta i samband med att han skulle lämna platsen i en lånad bil. Något som GP skrivit om tidigare.

LÄS MER: Massivt polispådrag utanför Bandidos lokaler

I samband med insatsen blev en polis skadad.
– I fordonet hittades ett skarpladdat vapen och den polis som utförde husrannsakan i bilen vådasköts i handen. Han togs till sjukhus där han opererats, sade Peter Adlersson, polisens presstalesman i Region Väst då till GP.

LÄS MER: Polis skottskadad i insats mot Bandidos.

Mannen erkänner

Det framkom i efterhand att pistolen tillhörde en tidigare ledare i Bandidos övre hierarki, enligt Hallandsposten. Något som mannen medgav.
– Han erkänner de faktiska omständigheterna, säger advokaten Stellan Elmgren, till tidningen.

Var här på affärsresa

Mannen har varit verksam i Sverige under många år, men är sedan några år tillbaka skriven i ett annat EU-land. Han uppger i förhör med polisen att han var i Sverige på affärsresa, men att han behövde vapnet som skydd på grund av allvarliga hot.
– Han vill att rätten ska ta hänsyn till det, sa Stellan Elmgren till Kvällsposten.
Men åklagaren ansåg inte att omständigheterna som kom fram i rätten var tillräckliga för att mannen ska kunna åberopa sådan nöd som krävs för att undvika att straffas, enligt Hallandsposten.
– Den sortens nöd handlar om mer akuta situationer. Han skulle ha kunnat gå till polisen i stället. Nu åkte han omkring med passagerare och hade vapnet i bilen, konstaterar Klas Lundgren för tidningen.

Döms till fängelse

I dag dömdes mannen till ett års fängelse för grovt vapenbrott och ringa narkotikabrott.

På en gård i Västsverige ska en ledarfigur för en av Bandidos supportergrupperingar ha hållit en man frihetsberövad.

Offret fick en pistol riktad mot huvudet – och skenavrättades.
– De hotar med att klippa av mig fingrarna och skicka till er, förklarar han i ett panikartat samtal med sin mamma.

Nu åtalas ledaren tillsammans med en annan man och en kvinna för kidnappningen som slutade med att de kom över 63 000 kronor.

En tisdag i september knackade det plötsligt på dörren till bostaden i västra Sverige där mannen i 25-årsåldern befann sig. På andra sidan stod flera män som ska ha sagt sig ha en skuld på 100 000 kronor att inkassera.

Offret förklarar i förhör att han fick några dagar på sig att skaffa fram summan. "Sen kom fredagen", som mannens flickvän konstaterar i förhör.

Den eftermiddagen blev offret upplockat i en bil i centrum, men pengar hade han inte. Därför ska han ha behövt genomlida timmar av skräck i gårdshuset några mil därifrån.

Offret ska ha frihetsberövats och placerats vid köksbordet. De misstänkta förövarna är en man i 20-årsåldern samt en man och en kvinna i 45-årsåldern.

Mannen beskrivs av polisen som högt uppsatt i en västsvensk supportergruppering till Bandidos.


Låg pistol på kylskåpet

Offret säger i förhör att kumpanen började hugga i köksbordet med en kniv innan kvinnan – som samtidigt stod och lagade spagetti och köttfärssås – höll fram en elpistol bara några meter framför honom.

Därefter ska han ha blivit skenavrättad av kumpanen med en pistol som legat på kylskåpet. I villan ska det ha funnits barn och även andra personer.
"I situationen som den (pistolen) riktades mot honom trodde han att han skulle bli skjuten", står det i förundersökningen.


Blev skenavrättad

Offret säger att kumpanen tryckte på avtryckaren, men ingenting hände. Först efteråt förstod han att det var en kolsyrepistol han hotats med.

Offret ska ha blivit tvingad att ringa olika personer för att få tillgång till de pengar som gärningsmännen menade att han var skyldig. Ett av samtalen gick till hans mamma.

– De hotar med att klippa av mig fingrarna och skicka till er, vittnar mamman om att sonen sagt i panik till henne.

Man ska ha gjort upp en plan för hur offret skulle betala av den påstådda skulden – och innan de släppte honom tog ledarfiguren och kumpanen med honom hem till hans vän för att plocka med sig bland annat en tv och en dator.

Sent på kvällen ska offret ha blivit dumpad i närheten av sin flickväns bostad. Åklagaren skriver i stämningsansökan att han då blivit av med mobil samt konto- och id-kort. Kontakterna mellan honom och de misstänkta kidnapparna gick därefter via vad polisen kallar för en "utpressartelefon".


Flydde till hemlig ort

Under de nästkommande dagarna ska offret med hjälp av familjemedlemmar skaffat fram och överlämnat 63 000 kronor innan han flydde till hemlig ort.

Ledarfiguren i Bandidos supportergrupp och hans kumpan misstänks för bland annat människorov, utpressning och rån. Misstankarna mot kvinnan gäller medhjälp till olaga frihetsberövande och olaga hot. Hon ska ha varit hemma hos offrets anhöriga och hotat dem i deras bostad.

– Det är allvarlig brott, säger kriminalkommissarien Lars Johansson, som utrett fallet.

Ska gemene man vara orolig för att bli utsatt för sådana här saker?
– Nej, men det gäller att hålla ordning på sina skulder och betala dem. Tyvärr har det blivit väldigt vanligt att någon säger sig inte ha fått betalt av någon och att man då åtar sig att driva in de här skulderna. Så bötar man folk. Den typen av ärenden ökar.
Samtliga åtalade nekar till brott.

"De menar på att målsägaren köpt en halskedja i guld av XX (kumpanen) för 60 000-65 000 kronor, vilken han inte betalat. De har endast uppmanat honom att betala det han är skyldig", står det i åtalet.
– Nej, nej, svarar kumpanen på polisens fråga om han hotat offret med pistolen.


"En fucking leksak"

Kumpanen beskriver ett sådant vapen som en "fucking leksakspistol".
Ledarfiguren och kumpanen åtalas också för en utpressning mot en annan familj i Västsverige. En man har anmält för polisen att han behövde betala 50 000 kronor, annars skulle hans gård bli nedbränd.

"En målsägare anmäler att han blivit utpressad av ett antal personer som presenterat sig komma från NN (undergrupperingen till Bandidos)", står det i åtalet.

Ledarfigurens advokat Inger Rönnbäck är fåordig.

– Jag uttalar mig inte, säger hon.
Offret i kidnappningshärvan sitter i sin tur häktad för misshandel, olaga hot och ofredande i ett annat mål.

Tre svenske domstoler har talt: det danske Hells Angels-medlemmet som er siktet for Semou-overfallet kommer til Hamar for å framstilles for varetekt.

Mannen i 40-årene har nå gått gjennom hele det svenske rettssystemet og tatt nederlag etter nederlag i sin kamp mot utleveringsbegjæringen fra politiet i Hamar.

Les også: To menn pågrepet for angrepet på Semou

 Tirsdag morgen fikk HA tilgang på den siste kjennelsen i saken.
Högsta domstolen, Sveriges Høyesterett, avgjorde mandag ettermiddag at den ikke vil overprøve beslutningen fra Hovrätten över Skåne og Blekinge.

Les kommentar: Motivet må fram av hensyn til Semou

 Sistnevnte domstol kom 16. november fram til at dansken kan utleveres til Norge og framstilles for varetektsfengsling i Hamar.



I rettsdokumentene går det fram at Hells Angels-medlemmet, som tidligere er dømt til en lengre fengselsstraff for drapsforsøk i Danmark, har argumentert med hensyn til sin egen familie i kampen mot å bli utlevert.
«Det är inte förenligt med hans familieliv att överlëmnas til Norge. Det är ett sådant intrång och men i hans och hans barns liv att det inte är proportionerligt att överlämna honom til Norge» heter det i en uttalelse fra hans svenske advokat Christine Koch i rettsdokumentene.
Tre svenske domstoler har altså valgt å ikke lytte på dette argumentet.



Politiet i Hamar ønsker av sikkerhetsmessige årsaker at det ikke blir kjent nøyaktig når det danske Hells Angels-medlemmet transporteres til Norge.
Men etter det HA er kjent med, er det nå snakk om kun kort tid før mannen er på tur til Hamar.



Den andre pågrepne i saken, en dansk mann i 20-årene, sitter i varetekt i København.
Også han har gått gjennom hele rettssystemet i kamp mot å bli utlevert.
Ifølge politiadvokat Magnus Schartum Hansen i Innlandet politidistrikt er en avgjørelse også for denne mannen like rundt hjørnet.
Etter det HA forstår, får de to som er siktet i Semou-saken oppnevnt norske advokater når de er på plass i Norge.

Hells Angels medlemmer stilte på debatt om MC-vester

MC-folk deltar i Dagsnytt 18
Også medlemmer i Hells Angels stilte opp på studenthuset Driv.

Et av temaene i sendingen var saken om et medlem av en motorsykkelklubb som ble kastet ut av et utested i Tromsø for noen uker siden. Begrunnelsen var at han hadde på seg vest med klubbmerke på. Ingen fra utestedet deltok på debatten, med blant annet politiet og en representant fra MC-miljøet.
Om lag 40 personer med MC-vester stilte som publikum på studenthuset Driv torsdag ettermiddag. Noen av dem hadde vester som viste at de er medlemmer av Hells Angels.

Støtter adgangsnekt

Dagsnytt 18 fra Tromsø
Det var stor interesse for direktesendingen til Dagsnytt 18 i Tromsø.
– Politiet i Tromsø og Tromsø kommune ønsker å vise en kald skulder til 1 prosentklubber. Det er miljø der det foregår kriminalitet, og det begås alvorlig kriminalitet. Vi har et slikt miljø i Tromsø, og det betyr at noen utesteder har tatt standpunkt om å nekte folk med MC-vester, sier Einar Sparboe Lysnes, fungerende politimester i Troms politidistrikt til Dagsnytt 18.

Han sier politiet ikke pålegger utesteder å nekte folk med MC-vester, men støtter de som tar den avgjørelsen.
– Man ønsker ikke å forby MC-folk å gå på byen, men man ønsker ikke uniformering inn på utesteder fordi det skaper frykt, redsel og det kan provosere.

– MC er en livsstil

Siv Anita Sole, leder for MC-rådet i Tromsø
Siv Anita Sole, leder for MC-rådet i Tromsø.
Foto: NRK
Motdebattant under Dagsnytt 18 var Siv Anita Sole, leder for MC-rådet i Tromsø. Hun stilte som representant for alle motorsykkelklubbene i Tromsø.

– Vi har jo like mye rett til å vise vår tilhørighet. Jeg forstår ikke at det at vi har klasket et merke på en skinnvest fører til at vi ikke skal være velkommen på en uteplass, sier Sole og viser merket på sin egen vest der det står Safir MC. Det er en motorsykkelklubb, kun for jenter.
– For oss er ikke motorsykler en hobby, det er en livsstil.
Sole mener at utelivsbransjen generelt vil si at det lite bråk på utesteder der det vanker motorsykkelfolk. Sole liker ikke at politiet håndterer saken på en måte som gjør at alle som kjører motorsykkel blir koblet mot Hells Angels.
– Det er klart vi kunne tatt av oss vesten, men det kan man jo spørre dem som går med AUF-skjorter, eller dem som går med T-skjorte der det står Tromsø svingklubb om å gjøre også? Hvorfor skal vi som kjører motorsykkel skjæres over en kam, sier Siv Anita Sole.

Kritisk til holdningene

Også Egon Holstad, journalist og kommentator i avisa iTromsø deltok i debatten. Han har tidligere uttalt seg kritisk til både politiet og utestedet som nektet en person med skinnvest med en motorsykkelklubbs emblem adgang.
– Politiet vil ikke pålegge noen utesteder å gjøre dette, men samtidig roser de utestedene som gjør det. Da legitimerer de en holdning hvor utelivsbransjen definerer folk ut fra hva de har på seg, og det er jeg prinsipielt imot, sier Holstad.
De andre temaene under Dagsnytt 18 var konsekvensutredning av Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja, og om Nord-Norge bør bli ett fylke.
Sendingen ble sendt direkte på P2 og NRK 2.

November 29, 2016

Rebels bikie and gangland shooting suspect arrested over Pasquale Barbaro death

A senior Rebels gang member arrested over the murder of a Sydney underworld figure had also been on the police radar as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a fellow bikie. 

In a series of co-ordinated raids on Tuesday, homicide and gangs squad detectives arrested up to five people, including Abuzar Sultani at Sydney's Olympic Park.

Police carry out raids across Sydney

NSW Police are conducting a number of raids in relation to a series of recent underworld shootings. Vision: Nine News

Mr Sultani was spotted wearing handcuffs with blood on his face, surrounded by police at lunchtime on Australia Avenue.

He was arrested in connection to the murder of crime figure Pasquale Barbaro, 35, who was killed while getting into his Mercedes in Earlwood two weeks ago.
It is understood Mr Sultani was already in the sights of detectives for his possible involvement in the shooting of  Rebels bikie gang heavy hitter, Mark Easter, in 2015.

Mr Sultani was expected to be charged on Tuesday night in connection Mr Barbaro's death and also questioned over Mr Easter's demise.

Mr Barbaro had been at his friend George Alex's house for dinner before he was gunned down on November 14.

In a surprising twist, the man now in custody over Mr Barbaro's murder was a close associate of Mr Alex, carrying out union deals on behalf of the construction industry identity in the past.

Police take evidence from an upmarket apartment at Sydney's Olympic Park on Tuesday.
Police take evidence from an upmarket apartment at Sydney's Olympic Park on Tuesday. Photo: Wolter Peeters

In 2012, Mr Sultani signed a union deal with the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union's Victorian branch after the agreement was arranged by Melbourne underworld boss Mick Gatto.
Mr Sultani's role as a "gofer" allowed Mr Alex to win work on major Melbourne building sites.

In a police operation on Australia Avenue in Olympic Park, several vehicles were towed away and bags of evidence were ...
In a police operation on Australia Avenue in Olympic Park, several vehicles were towed away and bags of evidence were collected.  Photo: Wolter Peeters

Fairfax Media reported in 2014 on business ties between Mr Sultani and Mr Alex, (link is external) including the shifting of contracts and assets between companies.

Detectives stressed again after Tuesday's arrests that they did not believe Mr Alex played any role in Mr Barbaro's murder outside his Larkhall Avenue home.

Pasquale Barbaro was shot dead at Earlwood.
Pasquale Barbaro was shot dead at Earlwood. Photo: Fairfax Media
Fairfax Media has been told Mr Barbaro, a man with countless enemies in the criminal underworld, and Mr Sultani had a long tension-prone history.

While Mr Sultani was known to act as an alleged "heavyweight for hire" he had been suspected of carrying out his own violence for his own reasons in the past, police say.

He is believed to be the alleged ringleader in the slaying of Mr Barbaro.
It is unclear what roles the other people arrested played as police were keeping a tight lid on any details about the operation on Tuesday.

Following a string of gangland shootings in Sydney, police established Strike Force Osprey to oversee several of the homicide investigations.

Among them are eight cases, including Mr Easter's, the sergeant-at-arms of the Rebel's Sydney City chapter, who was last seen leaving his Little Bay home in June 2015.

His bullet-ridden body was found dumped in bushland off the Pacific Highway at Cowan, north of Sydney, days later.

Police believed Mr Easter's death was an "inside job" orchestrated and carried out by someone within the bikie ranks.

Detectives spent several hours at an upmarket Olympic Park apartment block on Tuesday, towing cars away for examination and carrying bags of evidence from the building.

Mr Barbaro was killed after fellow crime figure Hamad Assaad, 29, was shot dead outside his Georges Hall home on October 25.

Mr Assaad had been a suspect in the non-fatal shooting of Mr Barbaro at Leichardt in 2015.
He was also suspected of shooting at Michael Ibrahim, the brother of nightclub boss John Ibrahim, outside a CBD apartment block, in 2015.

Most recently, he was pinned as the suspect in the brazen and public execution of Walid "Wally" Ahmad at Bankstown Shopping Centre in April.

Underworld sources say Mr Assaad had remained tight-lipped initially about his role in standover man Wally's demise but began boasting after realising the heat was off him.

Mr Assaad's brother, Tarek, was charged last week after police raided his home and allegedly found a Glock and up to 30 rounds of ammunition.

Guns N´Prison

En Bandidos-medlem döms till ett års fängelse för att ha haft en skarpladdad revolver i sin bil när han greps i Halmstad.

Mannen har tidigare varit ledare för mc-klubben Bandidos.
Han stoppades av polisen som misstänkte att han körde runt drogpåverkad. Det skedde i samband med en fest i Bandidos klubblokal utanför Halmstad i oktober.
Läs mer: Polis skottskadad vid Bandidosinsats
Den skarpladdade pistolen låg i fickan bakom passagerarsätet. När polisen skulle säkra vapnet gick en skott av. Kulan träffade polismannen i handen och sedan gick den vidare genom förarsätet.

Mannen förklarade under rättegången att han kände sig hotad till livet och att han hade vapnet för att kunna försvara sig.

När det här hände var han ute och åkte bil med sin son för att handla. En nödsituation ska ju vara en akut situation för att man ska kunna gå fri. Och det här är ju inte en sådan situation - inte ens utifrån det han själv berättar.

Tingsrätten dömer honom för grovt vapenbrott samt ringa narkotikabrott.
Den polisman som vid händelsen vådasköt sig själv i handen när han skulle säkra revolvern, är sjukskriven och själva händelsen utreds just nu av Polisens Internutredningar, IU.

Köparna betalade stora pengar för varor på Blocket – varor de aldrig fick.

Köparna betalade stora pengar för varor på Blocket – varor de aldrig fick.
När en köpare valde att polisanmäla säljaren inledde han en utpressning – och hotade med att Hells Angels supporterklubb skulle söka upp köparen .
"Jag ska personligen se till att du ligger fem meter under jord"
Det menar åklagaren som nu åtalat mannen.
Blocket-bedrägerierna ska ha ägt rum i somras. Fem privatpersoner lade ut köpes-annonser på Blocket. De önskade köpa bildelar, en hundbur, polisutstyrsel och kakelplattor.
En Varbergsbo i 35-årsåldern svarade på annonserna och förmådde köparna att via appen Swish betala tusentals kronor. Men några varor fick de aldrig.

Åtalas för utpressning

Det menar kammaråklagare Jörgen Bengtsson som nu åtalat mannen vid Varbergs tingsrätt för fem fall av bedrägeri.
Mannen åtalas också för två fall av utpressning och ett fall av olaga hot.

LÄS MER: Hells Angels taktik för att skrämma polisen

När en av köparna förstod att han inte skulle få några varor  och ville dra sig ut affären ska den tilltalade mannen i stället ha börjat utpressa köparen på 30 000 kronor.
"Värdesätter du ditt företag? Ditt liv? Gör då det som är bäst för dig." ska den åtalade ha skrivit i sms till köparen.
Den misstänkte står också åtalad för övergrepp i rättssak efter att han ska hotat köparen när denne vände sig till polisen.
"Fick just veta att du pratat med farbror blå. Kostar dig ett par extra nollor." går det att läsa i ett sms som ingår i förundersökningen.

Hotade med Hells Angels-gruppering

En annan köpare ska ha blivit hotad i ett telefonsamtal. Då ska den misstänkte ha hotat med att Hells Angels supporterklubb Red and White Crew skulle söka upp köparen.
Köparen uppger i förhör att han direkt betalade pengarna av rädsla för vad som skulle kunna hända honom.
Den misstänkte mannen förnekar brott.
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Tre personer med tilknytning til Hells Angels varetægtsfænglset efter våbenfund

Fyns Politi har fredag aften anholdt et fuldgyldigt medlem af rockergruppen Hells Angels og to medlemmer af støttegruppen AK81. 

Fyns politi har i samarbejde med Task Force Vest foretaget ransagning af en adresse på Munkebjergvej i Odense. Her blev der fundet to skydevåben og en stjålet bil.

- Det er anden gang i denne måned, at Task Force Vest og Fyns Politi beslaglægger skydevåben i stjålne biler i miljøet omkring Hells Angels. Det er vores vurdering, at såvel bilen og våbnene i denne sag skulle anvendes til et skyderi tilsvarende dem, vi har haft den seneste tid i Odense, hvor der er skudt fra stjålne biler, som efterfølgende er brændt af eller forsøgt brændt af.

- Vi er derfor yderst tilfredse med dagens fængslinger og beslaglæggelserne i sagen og er overbeviste om, at vi har forhindret endnu et skyderi på åben gade, siger vicepolitiinspektør Jens Langdal.
De tre mænd der blev anholdt fredag aften, har alle tilknytning til rockergruppen Hells Angels. Den ene er fuldgyldigt medlem, men de to andre er medlemmer af AK81

Grundlovsforhøret blev holdt bag lukkede døre af hensyn til den videre efterforskning. Af samme årsag har politiet ikke yderligere kommentarer.

Fyns politiet oplyser samtidigt, at de forlænger lukningen af Hells Angels og Black Army's klubhuse i Odense frem til den 30. november. Det gør de, da situationen i bandemiljøet stadigt er meget anspændt.

Der har siden den 9. september været oprettet visitationszone i hele den centrale del af Odense som følge af konflikten.

Kvinde skudt foran sit fire-årige barn: Derfor har pistoler erstattet knytnæver

Den 30-årige kvinde, der tirsdag aften blev skudt i brystet ved Magasin i Lyngby, var et helt tilfældigt offer. Foto: Mathias Øgendal / Scanpix Denmark

Der er sket en markant stigning i skudepisoder. To eksperter giver deres bud på, hvorfor banderne i stigende grad vælger at gribe til våben.
Ukendte gerningsmænd skød og sårede tirsdag i sidste uge to personer foran restaurant Sticks’n’Sushi i Lyngby - den ene en tilfældig forbipasserende kvinde, som havde sin fireårige datter i hånden - den anden en ung mand med relation til rockergruppen Satudarah.
Endnu et af mange bandeskyderier, der det seneste års tid har hærget især København og omegn. Rigspolitiet bekræftede i sidste uge over for TV 2, at der er sket en markant stigning i antallet af skyderier i 2016.
Aydin Soei er journalist, sociolog og forfatter. Han har skrevet flere bøger om kriminelle unge. Han mener, at årsagen til det stigende antal bandeskyderier kan forklares ved, at gadebanderne er blevet langt mere organiserede end tidligere.

- Tidligere blev en konflikt løst ved nævekamp, men efter bandekonfliktens udbrud i 2008 eksploderede antallet af skydevåben. Samtidig er flere gadebander blevet overtaget af udenlandske grupperinger som Satudarah og Gremium, mens de mindre bander har kopieret etablerede grupper som Hells Angels, og derfor bliver mere og mere professionelle og organiserede. Det betyder, at de har lettere ved at anskaffe sig skydevåben, forklarer bandekenderen.

Banderne er inspireret af Hells Angels

Han mener, at optrapningen i konflikterne mellem banderne er selvforstærkende. Når en bande bliver organiseret, føler modparten også, at den må organisere sig for at kunne forsvare sig. Derfor tegner der sig nu et helt nyt billede i bandekonflikten.
- Tidligere var bydelsnationalismen afgørende i gadebanderne – som det var tilfældet med f.eks. Blågårds Plads-gruppen. Sådan er det ikke længere. Banderne er gået fra at være baseret omkring lokalområder til i højere grad at blive professionelle enheder med forskellige lokalafdelinger inspireret af eksempelvis HA og Bandidos, fortæller Aydin Soei.
Præcis hvad det er for nogle konflikter, der får banderne til at skyde på hinanden, er mere uklart, forklarer bandekenderen. Men ære og hævn er motiver, der går igen.
- Det ligger dybt forankret i de her mennesker, at man er 100 procent loyal over for gruppen og ens brødre. Sådan har det altid været, men forskellen er, at nu trækker man et skydevåben i stedet for at ryge i slåskamp. Der er ikke noget, der hedder at vende den anden kind til i de her miljøer – det ville være en falliterklæring. Det er øje for øje, fortæller Aydin Soei.

- Politikkerne bærer en stor del af skylden

Han mener, at mange af de unge tager gamle konflikter med ind i banderne – og så er det pludselig hele bandens konflikt.
- Man skal huske på, at skyderier faktisk er økonomisk irrationelle for banderne. De mange skyderier betyder, at banderne bliver trængt af politiet og politikernes bandepakker. Jeg tror mere, at det handler om at en del af medlemmerne har konflikter kørende på kryds og tværs. Når de så bliver del af en etableret bande og får adgang til skydevåben, så går det galt, lyder forklaringen fra den københavnske journalist og sociolog.
Et eksempel på dette er sagen om det skyderi, der 16. juni kostede en 23-årig livet på Frederiksberg. Den 23-årige blev skudt i hovedet i det, der ifølge politiets formodning var et gammelt opgør mellem grupperne Gremium og Black Jackets.
Aydin Soei mener, at politikerne bærer en stor del af skylden for, at de etablerede bander har fået så solidt et fodfæste i Danmark:
- Regeringen har gang på gang nægtet at forbyde rockergrupper som Hells Angels og Bandidos på grund af en tolkning af forenings- og ytringsfriheden og et argument om, at man kun kan bevise, at der er enkeltmedlemmer, der er kriminelle i banderne - og at man ikke kan bevise, at det er kriminelle organisationer.
Men det er en fejlslutning, mener Aydin Soei, og uddyber:
- Når det drejer sig om Danmarks største bande HA, så har den afdelinger i mere end 40 forskellige lande og minder om global franchise, hvor alle værdier og kendetegn er givet fra hovedorganisationen i Californien og her behøver man blot læse bøger skrevet af den amerikanske ledelse for at kunne se, at vi har at gøre med en stærkt kriminel organisation, hvor vold og opskruede machoidealer anses som bærende ideologi. Danmark er nærmest blevet et fristed for organiserede bander. Når de er forfulgt i andre lande, tager de bare til Danmark og slår sig ned – og så hverver de medlemmer i kriminelle grupperinger i vores udsatte boligområder.

Fest med sprut, stoffer og damer

Et godt eksempel er den hollandske rockergruppe Satudarah, der oprettede sit første klubhus i november 2013 i Danmark i Bagsværd.
- De holdt en stor indflytningsfest, hvor de inviterede den lokale Bagsværd-bande kaldet Værebros Hårde Kerne. Det flød med sprut, stoffer og damer – og så var de unge fra Værebro solgt. De unge forstår ikke, at regningen kommer senere, når de organiserede bander udnytter dem som kanonføde. De opdager først for sent, at de er blevet en del af noget så stort, at de ikke kan slippe ud igen, lyder det fra Aydin Soei.

Forråelse i bandemiljøet

Michael Green, der er talsmand for foreningen af tidligere bandemedlemmer, TBM Scandinavia, mener, at den eskalerende bandekonflikt er et tegn på en forråelse i bandemiljøet.
- Tingene har forandret sig de senere år. Tidligere handlede det om, hvem der var stærkest. Nu handler det om, hvor langt man er villig til at gå. Før fik du en på kajen, hvis du havde lavet ballade – nu risikerer du, at der kører en bil op på siden af dig og bang, så er du død. Det er gået for vidt, lyder det fra det tidligere bandemedlem.
Ifølge Michael Green er det tydeligt for enhver, at der er kommet flere våben i omløb i de kriminelle miljøer:
- Hvis man skal være hård, kan man sige, at de heldigvis ikke er så gode til at ramme. Der er en del skyderier, hvor ingen bliver ramt eller slipper med småskader. Det kan også være, at de rammer ved siden af med vilje. Så kan de tage tilbage og sige til bandelederne, at de forsøgte. Man skal huske på, at det som regel er helt unge mennesker, som trods alt måske er bange for konsekvenserne. Skyderier i Danmark i 2016

November 28, 2016

Builder tells of life inside the notorious Finks Ringwood chapter headquarters

A MAN who made the mistake of hanging out with an outlaw motorcycle gang has given a terrifying account into life inside the Finks clubhouse.

Builder Robert Bolsdon claims he got mixed up with the Finks after he agreed to do some work for a mate at a warehouse that just happened to be the club’s Ringwood chapter headquarters.

He appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week via videolink where four of his former chums are accused of a conspiracy to bash him, among other offences.

Mr Bolsdon claimed he built a stage, bar and installed a stripper pole but never got around to finishing the toilet and shower.

Inside, club supporters would pay $100 a month for the privilege of drinking with the bikies — paying $5 a drink no matter what they ordered.

The “nominees” would run the bar, open the club gates for fully patched members and generally behave as servants, Mr Bolsdon said. It could take years before a nominee earned their full patch.
Full members would fork out $250 a month to wear the patch, and fees were to be paid no matter what.

Mr Bolsdon said chapter president John Napolitano would control the blokes “like a cult” and allegedly order club members to bash members or nominees.
Violent outbursts and random beatings were common on Friday nights, where up to 50 people would gather to get drunk, Mr Bolsdon said.

Police remove Motor Cycle from Finks HQ in Ringwood. Picture: Rob Leeson.

The victims were usually blow-ins, who foolishly thought it might be fun to drink with the Finks.
“They always waited until these people were drunk then laid into them,” Mr Bolsdon said. “I don’t know why they did it.”

Former member Caleb Hardwick said one member would bash people he simply did not like the look of. Friday was also the night where club members would hold their “church” meetings.

Mr Hardwick alleged everything from member fees to planning crimes would be discussed there. Like Mr Bolsdon, the Finks had plans to bash him, too, after he quit the club without paying his $10,000 exit fee or handing over his patch and motorbike.

Mr Bolsdon, who went on club rides dressed as a fully patched member, said things went bad for him after he made the mistake of asking to be paid for the renovations he’d made to the clubhouse.
He was assaulted and alleged members blew up his car.

Mr Hardwick stopped attending church meetings. In October last year, he said he wanted out, then left without paying. Instead, he ratted on his former mates to police and now lives a life of fear.
Finks members will appear in court throughout next week as a part of Victoria Police’s Operation Irrevocable.

Ex-Outlaws biker boss speaks out, sees trouble with Hells Angels

Peter "Big Pete" James, former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle club leader in the Chicago area. | Provided photo
Peter "Big Pete" James, former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle club leader in the Chicago area. | Provided Photo

“God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t.”
That’s the menacing motto of the Outlaws motorcycle club, formed in the Chicago area in 1935, now with chapters and thousands of members around the world.

But in an exclusive interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, a former Outlaws leader says the group isn’t nearly as fearsome or dominant as it used to be in Illinois.
“The times have changed,” says Peter “Big Pete” James, 62, who lives in the west suburbs. “Somehow, there’s no testosterone out there.”

James hung up his Outlaws vest — black leather with a skull and crossed pistons patch — last year amid an internal dispute with other local leaders and his own ongoing fight with cancer.
Contrary to the biker rumor mill, James isn’t returning to the fray, he told the Sun-Times. His wide-ranging interview was unusual because so-called “1-percenter” bikers generally are loath to talk publicly about their business.

Watching from the sidelines, James says that maybe the biggest indication his old club is slipping involves the rise of the rival Hells Angels motorcycle club, which he believes is poised to overtake the Outlaws as the big-dog biker group in the Chicago area — an unthinkable development not long ago.

He predicts — but insists he isn’t advocating — renewed conflict between the two groups resulting from the shifting dynamic.

An attorney for the Outlaws responds only, “There wouldn’t be any comment at this time.” The Hells Angels didn’t respond to inquiries.

Back in the 1990s, the Outlaws and Hells Angels — both which have weathered intense federal prosecutions and allegations they’re nothing more than gangs on wheels involved in drug dealing and mayhem — were locked in “war” in Chicago, as the Hells Angels made a foray into the region, the Outlaws’ long-established turf.

After a series of bombings, shootings and stabbings, the rival clubs formed a fragile truce. The Hells Angels, formed in 1948 in California, gave up their attempt to put a clubhouse within the Chicago city limits and, instead, planted a flag in Harvey, remaining there today.

Peter "Big Pete" James, former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle club leader in Chicago area. | Provided photo
“Big” Pete James. | Provided Photo

Since then, the Outlaws have maintained a stronghold in Chicago, with a South Side clubhouse at 25th and Rockwell and a North Side clubhouse on Division Street. It also has several other chapters in northern Illinois.

As regional vice president, James had domain over all of them and also was president of the North Siders. In all, he says there were maybe 100 hard-core members in northern Illinois.

But James says smart moves by the Hells Angels — plus waves of prosecutions, poor leadership by some current Outlaws and changing times and attitudes — have changed Things.

For one, James says local Outlaws are less willing to take orders from the top.
“It used to be the boss’ word was law,” he says. “He says, ‘Ride off the cliff,’ and guys would ride off a cliff. The quality of the members has gone down.”

Fear of prison has also had an impact on some local club leaders, according to James, who’s critical of his old group for not being “entrepreneurial.”

Unlike the Outlaws, Hells Angels members are Internet-savvy, with the group’s local Facebook page accumulating more than 29,000 “likes” and the club selling T-shirts and other merchandise on its website.

The Hells Angels also have made money by holding parties at its Harvey clubhouse and at bars in the Chicago area, according to James, who says the club welcomes “civilians” and members of smaller biker clubs to their parties.
“The Outlaws are losing out on the party money,” he says, along with the chance to market themselves and gain supporters.

Chicago-area law enforcement officials periodically have cracked down on both clubs. They say they’ve been preoccupied with other groups in recent years — especially the African-American gang factions behind Chicago’s staggering 50 percent rise in murders this year.

It was more than a decade ago when federal authorities charged Melvin Chancey, the former president of the Chicago-area Hells Angels, with racketeering and drug trafficking.

Melvin Chancey, then 29 and president of the Chicago chapter of the Hells Angels in 1998 in Harvey. | Sun-Times files
Melvin Chancey, then 29 and president of the Chicago chapter of the Hells Angels in 1998 in Harvey. | Sun-Times files

The last major Chicago law-enforcement crackdown of the Outlaws was more than five years ago. Chicago Outlaws member Mark Polchan was convicted of orchestrating a 2003 bombing outside C & S Coin Operated Amusements, a video-poker business in Berwyn that reputed mob boss Michael “The Large Guy” Sarno wanted to destroy to protect his own gambling interests. The pipe bomb blew out windows and damaged the building.

Polchan, who also was accused of fencing stolen jewelry for the mob at his Cicero pawnshop, was sentenced in 2011 to 60 years in federal prison.

James describes Polchan as his one-time “confidant” and says, “I love him.”
He says he has continued to receive occasional visits from federal agents looking for information on the biker world that he says he’s unwilling to give. “I try to be polite, to a point,” he says.

He figures his former club isn’t engaged in criminal activity at the same level as in the old days. Drug dealing, he says, worries graying members who don’t want to face a prison stretch lasting decades.
Even if things seem more low-key, though, “It doesn’t mean there’s not violence,” James says. “It’s just not as flagrant.”

But there have been reports of Outlaws roughing up members of weaker Hispanic biker clubs in the Chicago area since James left. The apparent aim: to force them to ally more closely with the Outlaws, which has long enjoyed a “support system” from other clubs.

James says there’s nothing wrong with building alliances, but it’s stupid to enlist “Neanderthal” methods, adding, “They’re not thinking it through.”

James says that when he was in charge, he created a confederation of dozens of biker clubs, part of an effort “to change the stereotype.”
He says the TV show “Sons of Anarchy,” which aired on FX from 2008 to 2014, popularized but also caused headaches for “1-percenter” biker clubs — so-called for representing the 1 percent of bikers supposedly involved in crime.
“I watched the show,” he says, laughing. “It was like an Outfit guy watching ‘The Sopranos.’ Kind of a joke.”

Fans of the show about a criminal biker group in California formed their own clubs and made pilgrimages to the Outlaws clubhouse on Division Street to ask James to “sanction” them. James says he refused to avoid giving the feds a reason to charge him with racketeering.

He says those newbies might dress the part and ride around on Harleys but don’t share 1-percenters’ “toughness.”

Jay Dobyns got a firsthand look at the 1-percenter lifestyle when he infiltrated the Hells Angels in Arizona as an undercover ATF agent in the early 2000s.
“These guys are not book smart but have their Ph.Ds in violence and intimidation,” says Dobyns, now retired and living in Arizona. “I think the term ‘brotherhood’ is very easily thrown around in today’s society. We hear it and use it a lot. They take it to a life-and-death level. When I was with the club, there were guys who would have stepped in front of a bullet for me. Now, they want to put a bullet in me.”

Dobyns says he crossed paths with Chancey — “one of the true believers that the elimination of the enemy was a critical part of the mission, the survival of their own club. In that area, the enemy was the Outlaws.”

The continued animosity between the Hells Angels and Outlaws makes James’ recent friendship with George Christie an unlikely one. Christie is a former high-ranking Hells Angels leader who left the group in 2011 and was “excommunicated.”

Christie and James both have appeared on CNN to offer their expertise on biker life and both wrote books on the subject — James’ memoir is expected to be released next year.

James says the main reason he wrote the book was to show how far things have slipped in what he regards as a once-noble brotherhood and to spur change in leadership and attitudes among the Outlaws in Illinois.
“It used to be guys banded together who believed in something, and they had fun,” James says. “There’s no brotherhood left in the Outlaws any more.”

Peter "Big Pete" James, former high-ranking Outlaws leader in Chicago area. | Provided photo
Peter “Big Pete” James. | Provided Photo

He says the Outlaws in Chicago have a choice to make as their rival grows and encroaches.
“The choice is fight or flight,” he says. “They know the Angels will push them out of town. Who’s going to light the match?”

James says he won’t be on the front lines if that happens. Last year, he had his “God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t” tattoo covered up with a new design.
“I’m borderline ashamed already to say I was once one,” he says.

"Big" Pete James' motorcycle. | Provided photo
“Big” Pete James’ motorcycle. | Provided photo

November 25, 2016

He’s an Outlaw. He’s a firefighter. And now he’s a wanted man

A Hillsborough County firefighter who belongs to the Outlaws motorcycle club is wanted by Key West police who say he took part in a barroom brawl in September during the annual Bike Week.

Key West police on Wednesday said they issued an arrest warrant for Clinton Neal Walker, 33, after he was captured on security video at Rumor Lounge, 430 Greene St., repeatedly punching a man in the face on Sept. 27.

According to the initial police report, at about 3:20 a.m., about 15 men wearing the colors of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — one of the world’s largest biker clubs — began attacking bar employees following an argument between one Outlaw and the bar owner.

The bar’s owner and an employee each suffered a swollen eye and bloody lip, after police said one Outlaw ordered the owner to eject a woman from the bar “before there was a problem.”

Videos recorded during the Key West incident showed several people whose clothes sported an Outlaws biker club insignia punching several people including security staff and bartenders. All suspects fled the scene just as police arrived, reports stated.

Detectives were later able to identify Walker through the surveillance video and witness identification, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said Wednesday.

“Detectives contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and confirmed Walker’s identity,” Crean said in a statement. “A warrant for Walker's arrest has been issued for the charge of battery.”

Along with the Hell’s Angels and the Sons of Silence, the Outlaws are on the U.S. Department of Justice’s shortlist of so-called “outlaw motorcycle gangs,” whose members engage in criminal activity. The bikers call their outfits clubs.

In a May 2016 interview with WFTS television news in Tampa Bay, Walker said he is proud of his Outlaws membership and disagrees with the federal government labeling them criminals.

Walker, of Bradenton, has been in the news after he was arrested May 7 on suspicion of felony battery on a law enforcement officer, and in video of the incident, he can be seen falling to the floor from being stunned with a Taser by police, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

After hitting the ground, Walker is seen on tape being kicked in the groin by an officer. Walker is now suing the St. Petersburg Police Department over the incident.