A fight between members of the Hells Angels and Set Free Soldiers biker gangs in a Newport Beach bar last month may have started because Set Free Solders members were claiming to be associated with the Hells Angels, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.
An affidavit made public Monday alleges that John Phillip Loyd, 41, a high-ranking member of the Orange County chapter of the Hells Angels, confronted Set Free Soldiers leader Phillip Aguilar, 60, in the Newport Beach bar Blackie’s By The Sea on July 27 about Aguilar’s and his “brothers’” claiming association with the Hells Angels. The bar is only blocks away from the tattoo parlor where Loyd works.
When Loyd walked in with four Hells Angels behind him, Aguilar and four other Set Free Soldiers were inside waiting, police reported. Nine more Set Free Soldiers followed the Hells Angels members and surrounded them, leading police to believe it was an ambush on the five Hells Angels, according to the affidavit filed with the search warrant request.