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March 21, 2013

Five plead not guilty to kidnapping, mayhem

Dangerousness hearing for all today

SALEM — Five men, including one from Gloucester, said to be members of the Hell’s Angels biker gang and their Red Devils “farm team” crowded into a Salem Superior Court dock yesterday, less than a week after an Essex County grand jury indicted them on kidnapping, mayhem and extortion charges.

And a sixth reputed member made a quick appearance Monday to answer to similar charges that he also took part in kidnapping, beating and then stealing the motorcycle of a former member.

Nikolas Avelis, 54, of 44 Grapevine Road, Gloucester; Sean Barr, 48, of Lynn, said to be a member of the Hell’s Angels Lynn chapter; and Brian Weymouth, 41, and Marc Eliason, 35, both of 20 Jacobs Ave., Danvers, were all arrested last Wednesday; and George Brown, 49, of 31-33 Salem St., Salem, all pleaded not guilty yesterday to the charges. Robert Defronzo, 45, of Saugus, pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Now they’re being held without bail, charged in a plot straight out of a B movie, right down to the witness who wore a wire to ensnare his former associates.

They’re due back in court today for a dangerousness hearing, where prosecutor A.J. Camelio is asking a Salem Superior Court judge to hold them without bail pending trial.

Camelio told Judge Robert Cornetta that the problems for the victim started in September, when he attended a party in Revere and a former member of the Red Devils showed up.

That man had been “put out” of the club, said Camelio, and under the rules of the Red Devils organization, members were under a standing order to beat up such former members.

But the victim, a Revere man, did not.

That got him into hot water with Barr, who as a Hell’s Angel, Camelio said, had some authority over Red Devils members. The victim was ordered to quit his job as a contractor, a job he’d obtained with the assistance of the organization, and was told that he was under suspension from the Red Devils for a year as a result of his nonfeasance.

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