Thu
19
Jan
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Did Bruce pay Informant Ignasiak $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few Case?

Last week we wrote about an apparent miscarriage of justice perpetrated by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce as he prosecuted 20 innocent men who were members of a Depew, NY motorcycle club called the Chosen Few.

Bruce saw his case fall apart as his informant David Ignasiak was revealed to be a serial liar, a drug addict, a criminal ready to prompt men to potentially injure, even murder each other, and was possibly coached to lie.

After last week’s Chosen Few story, people started calling to tell what they knew.

The story will need to be told in installments over weeks.

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Anthony M. Bruce. His victims actually call him ‘Brucifer’.

This week we will preview some of what we learned.

Tue
20
Dec
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Cops arrest shooter in Hells Angels parking spot brawl

Authorities have made an arrest in last week’s shooting outside of the Hells Angels biker club in the East Village, police sources said.

Anthony Iovenitti, 52, was busted on Tuesday, exactly one week after cops say he shot 25-year-old David Martinez, following a dispute.

Martinez was with friends just before 1:30 a.m. when he attempted to move an orange traffic cone outside the club headquarters on E. 3rd street, so that their car could pass a taxi.

That prompted angry bikers to come out and confront the men.

Iovenitti threw the first punch and was shoved the ground by Martinez. He then whipped out a gun and shot the younger man in the stomach, sources said.

Martinez is recovering in the hospital, in stable condition.

Mon
12
Dec
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Hells Angels refusing to help cops with shooting investigation

The Hells Angels are refusing to help cops solve a shooting over a parking spot outside their Manhattan headquarters — lowering a cone of silence around the attack, NYPD sources said Monday.

“They’re not cooperative. They never are. They’re d–kheads. They have a bad track record with us,” one police source said of the motorcycle club.

Another high-ranking cop added, “They’re not going to turn in one of their guys.”

After the shooting — in which a biker shot a man in the gut for removing an orange parking cone Sunday — the Angels holed up in their East Village clubhouse and refused to talk to cops, a police source said.

On Monday morning, they defiantly set up an illegal orange traffic cone — again — to save spots for several of their Harley Davidson motorcycles on East Third Street near First Avenue, sparking a bizarre new confrontation with cops.

Sun
11
Dec
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Man shot in stomach in brawl outside Hells Angels’ East Village headquarters

A man who tried to claim a parking spot outside the Hells Angels’ East Village headquarters sparked a brawl that ended with him being shot in the stomach early Sunday, police sources said.

David Martinez, 25, moved an orange traffic cone placed outside the notorious biker group’s E. 3rd St. clubhouse near First Ave. at about 1:20 a.m., police sources said. Someone came out to challenge him, and the argument turned into an “all-out brawl,” police sources said. Someone then shot Martinez in the stomach.

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Hells Angels members. 

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His buddies loaded him into their Mercedes-Benz and drove him to Bellevue Hospital, where he’s expected to survive, cops sources said.

Sun
30
Oct
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Pagans, Hells Angels Brawl at Pennysaver Amphitheater Parking Lot in Farmingdale: Suffolk County Police

Engines got revved up quickly at a car show after a melee between two biker gangs broke out in Long Island on Sunday, Suffolk County police said.

A fight broke out between Pagans and Hells Angels members in the parking lot of the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville at around noon, police said. Officers were able to break up the brawl and disperse the groups.

Two people were injured, however, neither of them filed complaints to press charges. Authorities said both individuals were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Between 60 and 70 bikers were involved in the incident, police said.

There were no arrests.

Wed
07
Sep
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A second Kingsmen pleads guilty in racketeering case

Less than a month after the first member of the Kingsmen admitted his guilt, a second gang member is taking a plea deal.

Thomas Koszuta, 53, one of 16 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members charged with running a criminal enterprise, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering and weapons charges.

Koszuta will face a recommended sentence of up to 147 months in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford.

The charges against the former New York State regional president stem from a federal indictment that accuses the gang of running a criminal organization that sold drugs and guns to make money and used murder, robbery and kidnapping to protect its operations.

The indictment also charges Andre “Little Bear” Jenkins, the gang member found guilty of killing fellow Kingsmen Daniel “DJ” Szymanski, 31, of Getzville, and Paul Maue, 38, of Buffalo, and alleges that Kingsmen President David Pirk told him to murder the two men.

Mon
08
Aug
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Breaking from his gang, Kingsmen member agrees to cooperate with feds

There are few things more cherished, more valued, in the Kingsmen motorcycle gang than loyalty, allegiance and brotherhood.

The first crack in that armor appeared Monday when a former Kingsmen leader admitted his guilt and became the first gang member to cooperate with federal prosecutors looking into a double murder.

Wed
27
Jul
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EXCLUSIVE: Hell's Angel arrested for waving gun, chasing man away from group's East Village clubhouse with baseball bat

Hell hath no fury like a Hell's Angel armed with a gun and a baseball bat.

A member of the notorious biker club was arrested for allegedly waving around a gun and chasing a man away from the group’s East Village clubhouse with a baseball bat, officials said Wednesday.

Jose Brito, 28, was accused of pulling a gun on a 30-year-old man on E. 3rd St. near First Ave. around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

He then grabbed a baseball bat and chased the victim up the street, officials said.

Responding officers recovered the bat but not the gun, which the victim said Brito pulled from his waistband.

Police charged the Staten Island resident with criminal possession of a firearm and menacing, officials said. His arraignment was pending Wednesday.

The Hell’s Angels New York City chapter was founded in the East Village in 1969.

Mon
18
Jul
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Staten Island motorcycle club member shot in neck by gunman

A 47-year-old member of the 69ers Motorcycle Club was critically wounded by a gunman on Staten Island on Sunday, police said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was shot in the neck near the group’s clubhouse on Hardy St. near Roff St. in Stapleton about 10:30 a.m., cops said.

An argument preceded the gunplay, but the details of the dispute were not immediately clear, cops said. It was not known if the man’s membership in the motorcycle club, which traces its roots to 1960s Brooklyn and has charters along the East Coast, was related to the attack.

“Motorcycles came up then I heard a boom,” said a woman who lives on the block and declined to give her name. “If this is a gang rival thing, now I’m worried about the kids being outside. Who knows what can happen?”

The victim was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in critical but stable condition, cops said.

Tue
28
Jun
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Hempstead Village biker brawl averted, Nassau police say

As many as 100 bikers surrounded the Hells Angels clubhouse in Hempstead Village on Sunday, ready for a clash, but left after police showed up in force, authorities said Monday about an incident that remains under investigation.

A group called the Unknown Bikers motorcycle club came “in force to retrieve vests” — clothing with colors or emblems that represent the group — after they were taken.

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