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Aberdeen police investigate bar fight with motorcycle gang

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by Aaron Gibson, April 20, 2016

Aberdeen Police are investigating a weekend bar fight including several members of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang, police said on Monday, April 18.

According to police, a host working security at Jethro’s Place, located in the Beverly Hills Inn hotel in Aberdeen, was transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center with injuries he said were from an assault by members of the motorcycle gang shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

The host was treated and released, police said.

Police said a member of the Iron Horsemen was also treated and released at Meadowview Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the incident.

Up to 15 members of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang were questioned on scene, but no arrests were immediately made. Charges could be pending while investigators interview witnesses and examine video surveillance footage from the bar, police said.

The Iron Horsemen is an outlaw motorcycle club founded in Cincinnati in the mid-1960s.

Police allege the group is involved in large-scale drug trafficking in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States, using Atlanta, Ga. as a hub for interstate travel. The Iron Horsemen, however, deny being a criminal organization.

Since their founding, the gang has been involved in a number of violent incidents in the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Between 2010 and 2014, the Iron Horsemen were involved in a turf war with the rival group Detroit Highwaymen, which resulted in several shootings, stabbings and firebombings between the two gangs.

In Sept. 2010, a national enforcer from the Iron Horsemen opened fire and was killed by police during a meeting at the gang’s clubhouse in Cincinnati. Two undercover officers were injured. The enforcer reportedly believed the police were members of the Detroit Highwaymen when he started the gunfight.

Then, in March 2014, tensions flared up between the two gangs again and members of the Detroit Highwaymen attempted to firebomb an Iron Horsemen clubhouse in Covington, Ky., leading to more retaliatory acts of violence between the two groups.

The turf war eventually ended with the Detroit Highwaymen’s clubhouse being shut down by both Cincinnati police and the president of the national chapter.

The president of the Detroit Highwaymen cited the negative attention from law enforcement and the public as a leading reason for disbanding the gang’s Cincinnati chapter.

Brown County Crime Reporter, April 20, 2016 11:20 AM EST

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