7th biker is called to court

Hells Angels member faces felony charges related to bar fracas in Newport, prosecutors say.

Daily Pilot, Newport Beach/August 13, 2008

A seventh man is scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with a fight inside a Newport Beach bar last month, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Rodrigo Requejo, 34, of Westminster, is charged with felony counts of gang-related assault and battery and one count of street terrorism for joining at least two other men in a fight inside Blackie’s By The Sea, a bar off the Newport Pier frequented by old-school surfers.

Requejo, along with John Lloyd, 41, and Brian Heslington, 35, both of Costa Mesa, is accused of being part of the Hells Angels biker gang and fighting with members of the Set Free Soldiers, a rival group of bikers that claims to be a Christian ministry.

Heslington is accused of possessing cocaine, Ecstasy pills and a loaded gun.

At about 1 p.m. July 27, several members of the Set Free Soldiers, including leader Phillip Aguilar, walked into Blackie’s displaying their "gang colors" and waited near the back, prosecutors said. Requejo, Lloyd and Heslington came soon after and the two rival groups began arguing, then punches were thrown and two people were stabbed, police said. Five Set Free Soldiers and two Hells Angels have been charged so far.

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