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Hell’s Angels and Red Devils Massachusetts members facing kidnap, mayhem charges

Several members of the Hell’s Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs in Massachusetts were arrested Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, mayhem, and extortion for crimes allegedly committed against one man, State Police said.

David Procopio, a State ­Police spokesman, did not provide details about the victim or the ­alleged crimes Wednesday.

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In a statement, he identified the suspects as Hell’s Angels members Sean Barr, 47, of Lynn and Marc Eliason, 35, of Lynn and Danvers, as well as Red Devils members Nikolis Avelis, 54, of Gloucester and Brian Weymouth, 40, also of Danvers.

All four men pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Newburyport District Court and were ­ordered held without bail. It was not immediately clear who represented them.

Two suspects are at large.

Authorities raided a Hell’s Angels clubhouse in Lynn and a Red Devils spot in Byfield Wednesday, using a heavily ­armored unit trained in high-risk operations, Procopio said.

Separately, on Tuesday, ­another Hell’s Angels member from Lynn received a federal prison sentence in a Boston courtroom of just under 22 years for a firearm conviction.

Eric Franco, 38, had a lengthy criminal record before his conviction in the gun case, said the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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