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Hells Angels inquiry nets 12 arrests, condemned Rockford club

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BY: Chris Green

Illinois - ROCKFORD - Predawn raids by federal, county, local and Chicago law enforcement officials resulted in the arrest Friday of a dozen suspected Hells Angels.

They were charged with multiple felonies, including aggravated battery, armed robbery and kidnapping.

City officials also condemned the motorcycle gang's clubhouse, 1109 Rock St., for building-code violations.

The arrests come nine days before the Hells Angels' 2013 USA Run, a motorcycle rally that is expected to bring 500 to 1,000 bikers to Rockford from July 28 to Aug. 3.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said the individuals are "alleged" members of the local chapter whose arrests stemmed from a matter within the club.

"It's isolated. It's internal, and I do not see this involving any outside citizens," he said. "I also do not see it as being related to the upcoming rally."

USA Run attendees will camp at Lyran Park, a secluded Kishwaukee riverfront campsite south of Chicago Rockford International Airport. Others have booked rooms at several hotels near East State Street and Interstate 90.

Rockford police began a criminal investigation in June regarding allegations of aggravated battery, armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred at the Hells Angels Clubhouse.

The victims also are alleged to be Hells Angels. Detectives reviewed the allegations with Bruscato's office and charges were authorized against 14 men.

As early as 4:30 a.m., officers from the Rockford and Chicago police departments, Winnebago County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police; and agents with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Winnebago County state's attorney's office executed 14 simultaneous arrest warrants at residences in Rockford, Loves Park, Rockton, Pecatonica, Belvidere, Freeport, Chicago, Countryside and the Winnebago County Fairgrounds.

Rockford police also executed a search warrant at the Hells Angels Clubhouse.

The Hells Angels have been classified by the Justice Department as an outlaw gang long entrenched in a culture of drugs and weapons trafficking, extortion, money laundering, theft and violent crime. The local chapter has a history of violence dating to the early 1990s.

Lamont "Monte" Mathias, 47, a leader of a Rockford club called the Hells Henchmen, was shot and bludgeoned to death in June 1994 at his motorcycle repair shop in the 700 block of Broadway.

The homicide was linked to a bombing, arson, robbery and drug trafficking that authorities described as a bloody turf war between the Hells Angels and another motorcycle club, the Outlaws.

Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers said law enforcement agencies have been meeting for weeks and planning for this month's rally. Police will be out in force.

"The best plan allows you to deviate from it if something that you didn't anticipate occurs."


Neal Resendez, 64, of Belvidere Richard Todd, 54; Robert Bell, 49; Curt Lambert, 38; and Aloysius J. Balice, 34, of Rockford John R. Savalick, 47, of Pecatonica Dariusz Achramowicz, 50, and Tomasz Lech, 37, of Chicago Bradley K. Wilhelms, 32, of Freeport Dennis R. Juno, 40, and Earl Murray, 45, of Rockton Donald J. Hess, 40, of Loves Park

At large

Jose Velma, 48, of Countryside Christopher Lawson, 39, of Rockford


Four counts of armed robbery. Conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Aggravated kidnapping of a child younger than 13 (police said the juvenile was not hurt). Unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. Aggravated battery by use of Taser. Aggravated battery by use of a knife. Aggravated battery by use of an axe handle. Two counts of mob action.

Bond $1 million for each of the 14.




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