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August 14, 2008
The arraignment for the latest man prosecutors have charged with being involved in a late July bar fight in Newport Beach has been rescheduled for September. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, of Westminster, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 8 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on felony charges of assault and battery and street terrorism. Police say Requejo was one of at least three Hells Angels who were involved in a fight with members of a rival biker gang, the Set Free Soldiers, inside the Newport Beach bar Blackie’s By The Sea. In the fight two Hells Angels were stabbed and one Set Free Soldier’s head was struck with a billiard ball, authorities said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 18, 2008
A Rancho Santa Margarita man accused of being involved in a biker brawl in a Newport Beach bar in July pleaded not guilty Thursday, and a second defendant also linked to the case postponed his arraignment until next month. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, pleaded not guilty Thursday and has a pretrial hearing scheduled for November on felony charges of assault and battery and street terrorism for his alleged involvement with the Hells Angels biker gang during a July 27 brawl inside Blackie’s by the Sea in Newport Beach.
NEWS
October 1, 2008
A Costa Mesa man police say was stabbed twice in a biker brawl in Newport Beach more than two months ago pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday to felony drug charges stemming from a search of his home more than a week later. Brian Heslington, who turns 36 today, pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony drug charges, a weapons charge and a felony count of street terrorism, related to prosecutors’ assertion he is a member of the Hells Angels biker gang. On July 27, police say Heslington was one of about five Hells Angels members who met members of a rival biker group, the Set Free Soldiers, inside the Blackie’s By The Sea bar in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 13, 2008
A seventh man is scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with a fight inside a Newport Beach bar last month, prosecutors said Wednesday. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, of Westminster, is charged with felony counts of gang-related assault and battery and one count of street terrorism for joining at least two other men in a fight inside Blackie’s By The Sea, a bar off the Newport Pier frequented by old-school surfers. Requejo, along with John Lloyd, 41, and Brian Heslington, 35, both of Costa Mesa, is accused of being part of the Hells Angels biker gang and fighting with members of the Set Free Soldiers, a rival group of bikers that claims to be a Christian ministry.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 6, 2008
Authorities countywide were working with Newport Beach police Thursday to find men who avoided arrest during Wednesday morning raids in three cities as SWAT teams tried to round up bikers involved in a Newport bar melee last month. At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Anaheim and Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT teams raided several homes in three cities and arrested 10 men for allegedly taking part in a brawl at Blackie’s By The Sea, a Newport Beach bar, on July 27. Two biker groups were involved: the Hells Angels and the Set Free Soldiers, a Christian biker group, police said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 21, 2008
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.
NEWS
September 8, 2008
The arraignment for an accused Hells Angel member suspected of participating in a late July brawl in a Newport Beach bar was rescheduled for next week, at the same time and in the same courthouse as another suspected Hells Angel member who is expected to enter his plea for the same fight as well. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, of Rancho Santa Margarita, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 18 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on charges of felony assault and battery and street terrorism for allegedly taking part in a July 27 fight at Blackie’s By the Sea bar in Newport Beach.
NEWS
September 28, 2009
A Norco man who tried to hide a biker buddy’s knife after a Newport Beach brawl last year can avoid four months of jail if he doesn’t violate probation in the next three years. Glenn Arthur Schoeman, 57, was sentenced to three years’ formal probation and had a 120-day jail sentence stayed after pleading guilty Friday to helping members of the Set Free Soldiers after a brawl with the Hells Angels last summer in Newport Beach. Schoeman pleaded guilty to helping Jose Enrique Quinones, 43, hide a bloody knife in Schoeman’s car after Quinones stabbed two Hells Angels members with it July 27, 2008, inside of Blackie’s By The Sea bar. On Sept.
NEWS
November 16, 2010
Prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed misdemeanor weapons charges against the son of a leader of a biker gang that claims it is a church group and was involved in a brawl with the Hells Angels in Newport Beach in 2008. Six months after pleading guilty to possessing brass knuckles, prosecutors dropped the charges against Matthew Aguilar of Anaheim as part of a plea agreement for staying out of trouble with the law. Aguilar was one of several men arrested in 2008 in a multiple-city raid days after a barroom brawl at Blackie's by the Beach between the Set Free Soldiers and Hells Angels left one man stabbed and another with a head wound.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 25, 2008
The pastor of the Anaheim-based motorcycle club the Set Free Soldiers pleaded not guilty Thursday in Orange County Superior Court to weapon and gang charges stemming from a bar brawl with Hells Angels in Newport Beach in July. Phillip Russel Aguilar, 61, of Anaheim is charged with felony counts of street terrorism, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a deadly weapon. The pastor’s son, Matthew John Aguilar, 29, and Set Free member Michael Alan Timanus also pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony weapon and gang charges.
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NEWS
November 16, 2010
Prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed misdemeanor weapons charges against the son of a leader of a biker gang that claims it is a church group and was involved in a brawl with the Hells Angels in Newport Beach in 2008. Six months after pleading guilty to possessing brass knuckles, prosecutors dropped the charges against Matthew Aguilar of Anaheim as part of a plea agreement for staying out of trouble with the law. Aguilar was one of several men arrested in 2008 in a multiple-city raid days after a barroom brawl at Blackie's by the Beach between the Set Free Soldiers and Hells Angels left one man stabbed and another with a head wound.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 5, 2010
A Superior Court judge on Friday dropped felony charges against a Costa Mesa man implicated in a 2008 biker brawl, bringing a tentative close to the cases stemming from the barroom incident. John Phillip Lloyd, 42, was accused of being a Hells Angel gang member with a loaded gun, carrying a concealed weapon, robbery and street terrorism. The charges were dismissed after prosecutors refused to give the defense a portion of their search warrant that identified a police informant.
LOCAL
January 8, 2010
Here’s a look ahead to local criminal court proceedings that relate to some notable cases: A Newport Beach woman’s preliminary hearing for allegedly ripping off a local salon out of nearly $250,000 has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. Bethany Brady, 43, is accused of using her role as the accountant for Newport Beach hair salon, Hampton Salon, to rip off $245,000 from the business. She’s accused of using it for pay personal bills and various other personal expenses.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 2, 2009
An accused friend of the Hells Angels biker gang could escape drug charges if a judge determines that a Newport Beach detective lied in court papers used to search the man’s home. Newport Beach police said they found cocaine and methamphetamine when they searched 39-year-old Brian David Heslington’s Costa Mesa home in July 2008. The search was part of a multi-city raid on members of the Hells Angels and Set Free Soldiers biker gangs, who had brawled a week earlier. During a Friday hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Heslington’s lawyer, Scott B. Well, pointed to the documents that the Orange County district attorney’s office had submitted to obtain a search warrant.
NEWS
September 28, 2009
A Norco man who tried to hide a biker buddy’s knife after a Newport Beach brawl last year can avoid four months of jail if he doesn’t violate probation in the next three years. Glenn Arthur Schoeman, 57, was sentenced to three years’ formal probation and had a 120-day jail sentence stayed after pleading guilty Friday to helping members of the Set Free Soldiers after a brawl with the Hells Angels last summer in Newport Beach. Schoeman pleaded guilty to helping Jose Enrique Quinones, 43, hide a bloody knife in Schoeman’s car after Quinones stabbed two Hells Angels members with it July 27, 2008, inside of Blackie’s By The Sea bar. On Sept.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 12, 2009
With the second of eight defendants sentenced to prison this week, prosecutors are turning their focus to the remaining six men charged in relation to last summer’s biker brawl by the sea in Newport Beach that left one man stabbed. Six men, including a father and son from Anaheim and two men from Costa Mesa, all have scheduled court appearances in the coming months related to the infamous fracas between the Set Free Soldiers and Hells Angels inside Blackie’s By the Sea bar near the Newport Pier in July.
NEWS
October 1, 2008
A Costa Mesa man police say was stabbed twice in a biker brawl in Newport Beach more than two months ago pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday to felony drug charges stemming from a search of his home more than a week later. Brian Heslington, who turns 36 today, pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony drug charges, a weapons charge and a felony count of street terrorism, related to prosecutors’ assertion he is a member of the Hells Angels biker gang. On July 27, police say Heslington was one of about five Hells Angels members who met members of a rival biker group, the Set Free Soldiers, inside the Blackie’s By The Sea bar in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 25, 2008
The pastor of the Anaheim-based motorcycle club the Set Free Soldiers pleaded not guilty Thursday in Orange County Superior Court to weapon and gang charges stemming from a bar brawl with Hells Angels in Newport Beach in July. Phillip Russel Aguilar, 61, of Anaheim is charged with felony counts of street terrorism, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a deadly weapon. The pastor’s son, Matthew John Aguilar, 29, and Set Free member Michael Alan Timanus also pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony weapon and gang charges.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 18, 2008
A Rancho Santa Margarita man accused of being involved in a biker brawl in a Newport Beach bar in July pleaded not guilty Thursday, and a second defendant also linked to the case postponed his arraignment until next month. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, pleaded not guilty Thursday and has a pretrial hearing scheduled for November on felony charges of assault and battery and street terrorism for his alleged involvement with the Hells Angels biker gang during a July 27 brawl inside Blackie’s by the Sea in Newport Beach.
NEWS
September 8, 2008
The arraignment for an accused Hells Angel member suspected of participating in a late July brawl in a Newport Beach bar was rescheduled for next week, at the same time and in the same courthouse as another suspected Hells Angel member who is expected to enter his plea for the same fight as well. Rodrigo Requejo, 34, of Rancho Santa Margarita, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 18 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on charges of felony assault and battery and street terrorism for allegedly taking part in a July 27 fight at Blackie’s By the Sea bar in Newport Beach.
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