Five days ago, on March 6, the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania Police Department released surveillance video of a six minute brawl between members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club and the War Dogs Motorcycle Club. It was sensational video that was quickly broadcast throughout the northeast. According to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by police sergeant Thomas Lococo, “two people were shot and one was stabbed and several were assaulted.”
The video shows seven War Dogs fighting nine Rebels. An unedited version of the footage shows that one War Dog was seriously injured and had to be assisted from the scene.
The fight was hardly breaking news. It had happened January 31. The question was why the police started to publicize the incident when they did..
The answer was that local police were trying to build a criminal case against a War Dog named Chester L. Dobbins.
Lococo “was able to obtain video of the incident from security cameras on nearby businesses. The defendant (Dobbins) was viewed in the video approaching the victim and punching him. The defendant and the victim then fall to the ground and were on the ground when the defendant is viewed striking the victim in the head and face.”
So how did Lococo identify Dobbins? “This officer did interview the victim and showed him the video of the incident. The victim did identify the defendant in the video as the person striking him. The victim’s account closely matching the video. “
Lococo declines to name the Rebel who is “the victim.”
“This officer also showed the video to an informant and this informant identified the defendant also.”
Since the only witnesses to the fight were members of the two clubs, “the informant” was either a Rebel or a War Dog. No Rebels are charged for participating in this fight – or for the increasingly popular charge in motorcycle club cases of “invitation to an affray.” Three War Dogs have been arrested. One Rebel was arrested and charged with violating parole.
The Rebels are quickly developing a reputation for provoking fights and then cooperating with police. According to a War Dog with knowledge of the incident, “That group of Rebels on the video walked down within about 20 yards of the bar we were in and yelled at our ladies and a couple of our prospects to send us out because they wanted to kill us.”
This isn’t the first time Rebels have identified themselves to police as victims after engaging in what would seem to be mutual conduct with members of another club. After a fight with members of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club in Rochester, Pennsylvania on October 13, 2014, Rebels named Dwayne “Hobo” Bogolea, Scott Hartley and J.D. Lambert told police they had been assaulted by a disabled Marine veteran named Cory Robert Howard.