BIKIE gang members have
been arrested over an emerging war
between the Hells Angels and Comancheros
that police fear could end in innocent
victims being killed in the crossfire.
A Victoria Police
statement issued late Tuesday night said
that Echo Taskforce detectives had seized
weapons and arrested several outlaw
motorcycle gang (OMCG) members after
simultaneous warrants were executed across
"Police have so far seized
seven firearms, explosives and detonators,
cash and drugs as part of ongoing
investigations into illegal debt collecting,
drug activity and firearms incidents
involving bikies," it said.
"Six men, all affiliated
with the Comancheros and Hells Angels OMCGs,
have been arrested at this stage and are
assisting detectives with their
Police said that searches
were also conducted at the Hells Angels
clubhouse on Patrick Court in Seaford and at
the Comancheros clubhouse in Melverton Drive
Those arrested include:
arrested bikie members in
relation to the recent rival
attacks Picture: AAP/Julian
33-year-old man with links to the Hells
Angels OMCG was arrested at a McClelland
Drive residential address in Frankston.
Seven firearms were seized from this
- A 26-year-old man with
links to the Hells Angels OMCG was arrested
at a Sylvander Street residential address in
- A 26-year-old Cranbourne
man, 27-year-old Mt Martha man, 26-year-old
Glenroy man and a 30-year-old Dandenong
North man, all with links to the Comancheros
OMCG, were arrested.
Police also executed
warrants in Roxburgh Park, Cranbourne and
The raids were conducted
by a large number of police, including local
detectives, members of the Special
Operations Group, Operations Response Group,
Public Order Response Team and the Critical
Incident Response Team.
Yesterday, police, led by
Echo Taskforce investigators, made several
arrests involving both clubs following the
Angels' attacks on Comanchero state
president Mick Murray's Nitro gym in Hallam
and Nitro Ink tattoo parlour in Dandenong.
Charges are yet to be
laid, but guns have been seized during
yesterday's raids, although an AK47 used in
the Hells Angels attack is yet to be found.
An out of sessions hearing
was expected last night.
Nitro Gym in
Hallam was peppered with
Herald Sun can reveal the Hells
Angels (Seaford) unleashed its
military-style arsenal and attempted to
firebomb the gym on Monday morning in
retaliation over beatings dealt out to their
It is believed several
Seaford Angels were "badly bashed'' by the
Comancheros at the weekend. The motivation
for the bashings remains unclear.
Several bikie figures are
being questioned at the St Kilda Road Police
Complex while raids are ongoing.
After the attack on
Murray's businesses, a retaliation was
ordered on the Seaford chapter with 17
rounds blasted into the Patrick Crt
Police have made
arrests amid fears bikie
tensions could escalate.
Murray, who took over the Comanchero state
president role from Jay Malkoun in July, isconsidered
a smart but fearless bikie who is
well connected in Melbourne's underworld. It
also believed the Comancheros have rejected
peace talks with the Angels following the
latest spate of tit-for-tat attacks.
The escalating war,
however, is not thought to be linked to the
shooting of Comanchero Williamstown chapter
president Faafatia Faaloia on the Mornington
Peninsula. Police believe Mr Faaloia was
shot in the back over an unrelated dispute,
possibly connected to debt collection.
Mr Faaloia walked into the
Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday afternoon
but has refused to co-operate with police.
The force, however, is
worried a bikie member will be killed and a
bystander or police officer could also die
in the crossfire.