HOLLISTER, Calif. -Two Hells Angels bikers are wanted for attacking a 23-year-old man in a popular and historic bar during the 2013 Hollister Motorcycle Rally.
The Hollister Motorcycle Rally happened for the first time in five years last weekend. On the first day of the rally, a group of Hells Angels members entered Johnny's Bar at 526 San Benito Street. One biker in the group walked up to a man who was hanging out with friends and punched him in the face, police Captain Carlos Reynoso said.
"The victim fell to the ground from the unexpected punch. Then another man also wearing a Hells Angel jacket approached the victim and kicked the man in the head," Reynoso said.
"The two suspects pushed their way through security guards and fled out the back gate of the bar," Reynoso said. The victim and witnesses said they had no idea what motivated the attack.
On Wednesday, Hollister police asked for the public's help identifying the brawling bikers. Police are also analyzing video surveillance that was provided by the owner of Johnny's Bar, Charisse Tyson.
Johnny's Bar is included in history books about American motorcycles because it was around when the Hollister riot of 1947 happened and inspired the movie "The Wild One," starring Marlon Brando. Some historians believe that the American biker image was born when a group of rowdy bikers went wild with partying and spontaneous motorcycle races in Hollister on the July 4 weekend of 1947.
Despite the bar's rowdy history, Tyson said she is committed to making her patrons feel safe and welcome. Police said she has been working closely with them to find the victim's attackers.
Anyone with information on Saturday's attack can bla, bla, bla...The first suspect was described as 5 foot 8 inches tall, heavy set, has a gray mustache, and was wearing a Hells Angels Patch. The second suspect was described as a white man, 6 foot 2 inches tall, weighs 250 pounds, has many tattoos, and was also wearing a Hells Angels jacket.
During the two-day rally, Hollister police arrested 12 drivers for DUI, arrested 30, and issued citations to 32. Most of the arrests were for public intoxication. There was also a hit-and-run collision on Saturday that damaged five motorcycles.