Local leader of Hells Angels charged in assault, robbery at Hooters last week

The president of the Fayetteville Hells Angels chapter was charged Friday in an assault and robbery on two members of another motorcycle club at Hooters on Thursday, an arrest warrant said.

Daniel Silcose III, 58, of the 6300 block of Mabe Road, was charged with conspiracy, larceny of a firearm, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon, the warrant said.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Hells Angels is a motorcycle club. Witnesses told police the two men attacked wore symbols associated with the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

The warrant added that Silcose is a retired Army Special Forces noncommissioned officer.

Just before 7 p.m. Thursday, Fayetteville police were dispatched to Hooters in reference to a brawl. Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that a large group of bikers were fighting inside of the restaurant, the warrant said.

The restaurant is in the 500 block of North McPherson Church Road near Sycamore Dairy Road.

Police were called and six men left, one on a motorcycle and the other five on foot, the warrant said.

Interviews with witnesses and surveillance footage at the restaurant showed that three men with clothing on that had Hells Angels symbols entered the restaurant from the front. Three others with similar clothing entered the restaurant from a side door.

The six men immediately surrounded two men in the restaurant. An incident report identified the two men as Matthew Ryan Brinkley, 31, of the 6500 block of Bailey Lake Road, and Pedro Galvan, 55, of the 16000 block of South San Lewis Drive in Gustine, California.

The warrant said Silcose struck the victims multiple times on the head with a beer bottle and kicked Brinkley' s head. Brinkley then opened his jacket to show Silcose that he had a handgun in a hostler on him.

Silcose then took out a knife and cut the holster off Brinkley. Silcose and the five men then ran out of Hooters with Brinkley's gun, the warrant said.

Brinkley and Galvan refused medical care after the incident, Fayetteville police Lt. S. Doss said.

Silcose was arrested at 11:52 p.m. Friday night in the 2000 block of Shedd Avenue off Camden Road in the Lakedale neighborhood, an arrest report said.

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