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Bar brawl suspect denies Pagans initiated fight with undercover cops

Bruce Thomas claims he was beaten and arrested for trying to help a friend at Kopy's on South Side

PITTSBURGH —

Four members of the Pagans motorcycle club are facing charges after brawling with undercover police officers in a South Side bar last weekend.

Video of the brawl at Kopy's quickly surfaced and spread on social media.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the Pagans came into the bar on South 12th Street, and one of the club members realized who the police were and blew their cover.

One of the club members became hostile and detectives tried to control the situation, the complaint said.

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13
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Undercover Pittsburgh detectives brawl with reputed Pagans in South Side bar

Undercover Pittsburgh narcotics detectives and uniformed officers brawled early Friday morning inside a South Side bar with what police say were armed reputed members of the Pagans motorcycle club.

Pagans and police threw punches, the two sides grappled and shoved one another and a sergeant deployed pepper spray in the close confines of Kopy’s Bar on South 12th Street, according to criminal complaints.

A customer at the bar recorded several videos of the altercation, in which both uniformed and plainclothes detectives can be seen fighting with men in leather vests, some officers with Tasers in hand.

One man in plainclothes shouts, “I’m a [expletive] cop,” as he shoves a vested man to the ground and then stands over him, shouting, “You’re a [expletive] [expletive]...why don’t you [expletive] grab on to me again!”

The man on the ground says, “I didn’t!”

Wed
10
Oct
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Did prosecutor hide evidence in Pagans' murder case? 3 staffers say he may have

Three long-time staff members in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have come forward to accuse their boss, Prosecutor Damon Tyner, of possibly hiding evidence in a high-profile murder case. 

The employees -- one current and two former staffers -- claim in an explosive letter that Tyner failed to disclose information that potentially could have helped the suspect's defense "so as not to damage the prosecution of the case."

Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello, the Cape May County chapter president of the Pagans, was found guilty last week of conspiring to murder well-known radio host April Kauffman in 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5. 

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02
Oct
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Jury convicts Pagan biker of plotting radio host's murder-for-hire, running pill ring

A former chapter president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club was found guilty Tuesday of plotting a woman's murder and attempting to have her husband killed in jail to cover up a drug ring the woman was threatening to expose.

A jury found Ferdinand Augello guilty in Superior Court in Mays Landing, after a trial that lasted just more than two weeks, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced. The attorneys in the case had made closing statements Tuesday morning.

After hearing the verdict, Augello faced the media sitting on the opposite of the courtroom. He denied his role in the crimes and said "I'll be back."

One of his attorneys, Mary Linehan, later told Breaking AC that they would appeal the decision.

Wed
26
Sep
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Hitman revealed in 2012 he killed April Kauffman, nephew says

MAYS LANDING —  During a fishing trip in the summer of 2012, Francis Mulholland pointed to a picture of April Kauffman and told his nephew that he'd killed the radio host and veterans advocate for money, jurors in the murder trial of Ferdinand Augello were told Wednesday.

But Timothy Sarzynski never told authorities until this year after charges were announced.

“We stopped at a Wawa, he brought out a magazine cover and pointed to a picture on it and said he did that,” Sarzynski told the jury during the eighth day of the trial.

Sarzynski identified the person on the cover as April Kauffman. He said he didn't report it because he didn’t believe his uncle, who he said often made up stories.

“He told me he walked into her bedroom, shot her twice in the back of the head and was paid $50,000 to do so,” Sarzynski said. 

Wed
19
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Augello tapes weave tale of Mexican cartel, plot to kill Kauffman

MAYS LANDING — At the state’s behest, Andrew Glick told his friend and fellow Pagans motorcycle club member Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello that a Mexican drug cartel was willing to take out James Kauffman in jail to avoid losing one of their best clients.

Glick took the stand again during the third day of the April Kauffman murder trial Wednesday.

In several secretly recorded conversations with Augello — the only man left alive charged in the May 10, 2012, murder of April Kauffman — Glick tells Augello he has someone who will poison the doctor’s commissary and the two discuss when and how it would happen.

“I brought it up that I had been approached by the people that I had been in business with ... that they had offered their assistance,” Glick told Atlantic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy.

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17
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Former Pagan testifies in April Kauffman murder trial

MAYS LANDING — Opening statements for the April Kauffman murder trial are taking place Monday in Atlantic County Superior Court.

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11
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Defense questions payments to Pagan-turned-informant in Kauffman case

A key witness in the case against Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello has been paid about $2,000 a month by the state, according to information released in court Monday.
Augello is going on trial for murder and racketeering the 2012 killing of radio host April Kauffman and for an opioid ring he allegedly led with her now-dead husband, Dr. James Kauffman.
Dr. Kauffman allegedly partnered with alleged Pagans Motorcycle Club leader Augello in a scheme that had a group selling Oxycontin the doctor wrote scripts for.
What helped finally break the case was cooperation by Andrew Glick, a former Pagan who used what he allegedly knew about the Kauffman-Pagan partnership to get himself out of trouble after he was arrested last November on weapons and drug charges.

Tue
04
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Former Pagan 'Egyptian' charged with witness tampering in Kauffman trial

An Egg Harbor Township man and former Pagans motorcycle gang leader is in jail following charges of witness tampering and invasion of privacy in the upcoming April Kauffman murder trial, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday.

John “Egyptian” Kachbalian, 55, of the Bargaintown section, was arrested Thursday by Egg Harbor Township police and the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at his home. In addition to witness tampering and invasion of privacy, Kachbalian was charged with cyber harassment, Tyner said in a press release.

According to the complaint against Kachbalian, the charges are related to several recent Facebook posts.

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Witnesses named ahead of April Kauffman murder case

MAYS LANDING — Next week, Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello will stand trial for the murder of Linwood’s April Kauffman, a veterans advocate and radio host found dead in her home in 2012.

Augello, 62, of Upper Township was charged in January along with April’s husband, James Kauffman, in the six-year-old murder case that captivated the region and was featured on national news. His alleged co-conspirator, James Kauffman, died in an apparent jailhouse suicide two weeks after the charges were announced.

Prosecutors have accused Augello, a retired Pagans motorcycle gang leader, local musician and sign maker, of hiring Francis Mulholland to kill April Kauffman at the request of James Kauffman. Mulholland died in 2013.

In addition to murder, the state alleges James Kauffman and Augello ran an illegal opioid drug ring out of James Kauffman’s office, and that Augello conspired to have James Kauffman killed after April’s death.

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