Hells Angels rally called "uneventful" as of Friday“Uneventful” was the word used by law enforcement officials at Friday’s media briefing to describe the first three days of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathering in Carlton County.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
“Uneventful” was the word used by law enforcement officials at Friday’s media briefing to describe the first three days of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathering in Carlton County.
Assaults, drug crimes and fights with rival motorcycle groups have marred past Hells Angels’ USA Runs, and law enforcement agencies beefed up their presence in Northeastern Minnesota in an attempt to head off similar trouble.
Cloquet Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill confirmed that about 20 Hells Angels crossed Friday morning into Superior, where members of the rival motorcycle group the Outlaws have gathered. As of midafternoon, he said, there had been no reported confrontation between the two groups.
“We’re monitoring all of their movements and, if necessary, we will follow them,” Hill said. “We’re tasked with keeping [Hells Angels] and everyone else safe as well.”
Hundreds of traffic stops have been made since the event officially started Wednesday, but of 175 citations, fewer than 30 were issued to members of the Hells Angels.
“With all the law enforcement in the area, we’re going to have more stops,” Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said. “Officers are doing their jobs.”
A Hells Angels member arrested early Thursday for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and released on bail was re-arrested Thursday at 6:30 p.m. after it was discovered that he allegedly was driving a stolen motorcycle.
Jeffrey Paul Amato, 42, appeared in Carlton County District Court Friday afternoon on felony charges of receiving stolen property and controlled substance crime in the fifth degree. Additionally, the New York resident was charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test, a gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor driving while under the influence.
Though Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler requested bond be set at $50,000 because of Amato’s lengthy criminal history, which includes at least eight felony convictions, Amato gave his word that he would return for all court appearances if released. Carlton County District Court Judge Robert Macaulay set bond at $20,000 or $2,000 cash bail.
Four members of the Hells Angels attended the court hearing, one of them JR Hyten, vice president of the Minnesota chapter of the Hells Angels, Pertler said. Upon hearing the bail amount, they said yes and nodded in agreement that they would pay to have Amato released from Carlton County Jail. Amato’s next appearance was set for 9 a.m. Monday.