The men – standing before the judge one at a time, and being led into the courtroom in small groups – included Jack “Milwaukee Jack” Rosga – whom federal officials in indictments described as the group’s national president and two local men Charles “Chuck” Barlow, 43, and Dennis “Chew Chew” Haldermann, 45 both from Chesterfield.
Barlow and Haldermann were listed in the indictments as alleged members of the allied Pagans Motorcycle Club. According to a federal indictment, the biker gxxx operated in Petersburg.
Halderman n was charged in count three of the indictment – violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity. The indictment charges nine others with this offense, which involves an alleged assault against the Desparados Motorcycle Gxxx on or about March 14, 2009. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison.
Haldermann was one of two that appeared in court yesterday in civilian clothes instead of a prison jumpsuit because he is free on bond.
According to the indictments, Outlaws and Pagans members set a trap and assaulted rival Hell’s Angels and Desperados Motorcycle Club members at “Cockade Bar” – later confirmed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia to be Cockade City Grill.
On March 14, 2009, three members went into the bar in “colors” – a vest signifying membership in the club. One man stood outside the bar in colors as a lure, while three other Outlaws members were waiting inside without the vests. Several others waited outside to trap rival bikers inside the bar, where they were assaulted.
The fight spilled into the parking lot, where guns were drawn. Local police arrived and ended the standoff, the indictment says. They seized a knife and brass knuckles from one Outlaws member.
Federal District Judge Henry Hudson warned Haldermann that he must abide by the release agreement and meet the next court date.
Barlow was also one of the 10 charged with violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity for his alleged role in the assault against the Desperados Motorcycle Gxxx in March 2009.
Petersburg appears to be at the center of much of the activity of the Outlaws outlined in the indictment.
The indictment says that in July of last year, Rosga ordered a crowd of Outlaws at the Petersburg Clubhouse to shoot Hell’s Angels and other rivals.
In October, members meeting at the Petersburg Clubhouse discussed assaulting Hell’s Angels over a recent attack in Florida that sent two Outlaws to the hospital. Following a shooting attack of a Hell’s Angel in Maine, a member asked about staying at the Petersburg Clubhouse to avoid attention up north.
As recently as February of this year, the Petersburg Clubhouse – the location of which was not revealed in court documents – allegedly took delivery of illegal gambling machines from North Carolina. In March, 0 of gambling proceeds were transported from Petersburg.
The indictment also says drugs flowed through the Petersburg Clubhouse. A member allegedly sold 66 Oxycodone pills and six muscle relaxers in October 2009. On the same day, an undercover agent purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine, which was then taken by Outlaws. In March 2010, an undercover agent purchased 2.85 pounds of marijuana at the cost of ,680 from a fellow Outlaw. That Outlaw was later stopped attempting to transport another five pounds of marijuana from Montana to Virginia.
The Outlaws moved into Virginia in 2006 after coming to an accord with the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Members must be men over age 21 who own a domestic motorcycle. They attempted to expand their profile with a “show of force” of national members, along with Pagans, at a Cycle Expo in Richmond. However, law enforcement refused entry to many Outlaws and diffused the threat. In 2007 and 2008, Outlaws threatened members of the Virginia Raiders, Black Pistons and Merciless Souls Motorcycle Club, affiliates of the Hell’s Angels.
The Outlaws website lists chapters in Petersburg and Northern Virginia. The indictment reads that property in White Post, Va., near Winchester, was seized, along with dozens of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The Outlaws, formed in Chicago in the 1930s, are longtime rivals of the Hell’s Angels, adopting the slogan “Angels Die in Outlaw States – Adios.” The Hell’s Angels, Pagans, Outlaws, and Bandidos are considered the biggest motorcycle gxxxs by the FBI.
Much of the information that led to the indictments was told to an undercover Outlaws member in the Petersburg Clubhouse.
All 25 of the men that appeared in court yesterday pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and requested a jury trial.
They will all appear in court on Oct. 20 for the start of what prosecutors are estimating will be a two-week trial.
The 12-count indictment – which was returned on June 10 – charges that the men participated in a criminal enterprise that engaged in a wide range of crimes, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling and weapons violations.