March has been a cruel month for bikers in Pennsylvania. It got crueler last night when a civilian was killed at a roadhouse called the Longview Lounge on a road called Greensburg Pike a few miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Previously this month in biker Pennsylvania, members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Warlocks Motorcycle Club brawled at the Philly Tattoo Arts Convention in the Sheraton Hotel in center city Philadelphia on March 1st.
Four days later the Commonwealth’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control served sealed search warrants on a reported “half a dozen” properties associated with the Wilkes Barre Chapter of the Outlaws. Allegedly, some members of that club enjoy the recreational use of methamphetamine.
Wilkes Barre is one six Outlaws chapters in Pennsylvania. Traditionally, Pennsylvania has been home to one major motorcycle club, the Pagans. For many years, the Warlocks Motorcycle Club has co-existed with the Pagans in greater Philadelphia and the Breed Motorcycle Club has also had chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Recently, published reports have indicated that some members of the Warlocks and the Breed have been patching over to the Outlaws.
Everybody feel free to read between the lines.
That very evening, March 5th, members of the Road Runners Motorcycle Club reportedly got into a bloody brawl with members of the Tenth and Oregon Avenues Benevolent Association. And, there is a certain history between the Tenth and O and some bikers in Philadelphia which may lend some hypothetical, dramatic context to this isolated, March 5th event.
Nine and a half years ago, an alleged associate of the Tenth and O was reported to have shot Steven “Gorilla” Mondevergine, a Pagans chapter President nine times. Mondevergine, as his road name suggests, is a robust man and he survived. And, a wild story subsequently circulated that a couple of years later Mondevergine shot down a Tenth and O associate in broad daylight on a South Philly street corner.
Then last night, a man named Albert Kolano seems to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong state in the wrong month. Kolano of Pittsburgh, 33 and the father of two, seems to have had nothing to do with motorcycle club politics.
Kolano reportedly went to the Longview Lounge with two friends to hear some music and have some drinks. According to multiple published reports he got into an altercation with “15 to 20″ men wearing Pagans Motorcycle Club patches inside the bar.
Kolano called his brother and asked him to come to his aide. Someone at the bar also called the police. Reportedly, after his brother arrived, with no police in sight, “four to six Pagans” followed Kolano out of the bar when he tried to leave at about 1:30 am.
According to a report by Michael Hasch in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kolano was confronted by 35-year-old Bryan Perun. Perun is alleged to be a member of the Pagans. He is also a former Pittsburgh police officer.
Perun was one of three Pittsburgh cops who killed a motorist in October 2001. The shooting was later ruled to be a justifiable homicide. Perun quit the police force in 2004.
Both Kolano and his brother made it out of the bar and got into their vehicles. According to the Tribune-Review, when Kolano’s brother tried to drive away Perun pulled a knife, stabbed a tire and said “You ain’t going nowhere.” Perun then pulled a gun and fired one shot into the ground and another shot at Kolano’s brother. Kolano’s brother was not hit.
As Kolano drove out of the parking lot he passed a Sport Utility Vehicle occupied by John Miller, 56; Nathaniel Robinson, 34, and Kevin Doolin, 43. All three are also reported to be members of the Pagans. Allegedly, Doolin fired two shots at Kolano.
Kolano drove a short distance before drifting off the road and crashing into a tree. When police approached the vehicle they discovered that Kolano had been shot in the chest. He was taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and pronounced dead at 3:11 am.
Doolin, Miller, Robinson and Perun are all charged with conspiracy to commit homicide. Perun is also charged with aggravated assault.