Brad “Dice” Dyess, a member of the Warbird/Phoenix Warlocks mother chapter in Orlando was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, shooting within a dwelling and false imprisonment last Thursday after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Dyess, 41, is a resident of Cocoa Beach and a Lieutenant in the Daytona Beach Fire Department. He is also a survivor of a gunfight last September with members of another Warlocks Motorcycle Club founded in Southwest Philadelphia in 1967.
The Warlocks with a mother chapter in Orlando wear a Phoenix/Warbird patch. Two quarrelling factions of the Philadelphia club both wear a Harpy patch. The Harpy Warlocks involved in the gun battle last September call themselves the “Red and White Warlocks” or the “True and Original Warlocks Motorcycle Club.” Members of the True and Original Warlocks are led by men who belonged to the Chester, Pennsylvania chapter of the Warlocks in the 1970s.
The Warbird Warlocks state they were founded aboard the United States aircraft carrier Shangri-La during a deployment in the Mediterranean in 1967. Members of the True and Original Warlocks believe the founders of the Orlando based club stole their name when the Shangri-La was docked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard before the Mediterranean deployment. The same men have also stated that Dyess was the Orlando Warlock who started the gunfight last year. Red and White Warlocks state that Dyess instigated the tragedy when he pulled a gun after riding into a charity poker run at a Winter Springs, Florida VFW post.
Four members of the True and Original Warlocks, David “Tin Man” Maloney, Robert William “Willy” Eckert, Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro and Paul Wayne Smith are accused of second degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting deaths of Warbird Warlocks Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle, Peter “Hormone” Schlette and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela and the wounding of Ronnie “Whiteboy” Mitchell and Dyess.
Members of the defense in the murder case will seize on Dyess latest legal woes to substantiate their claim that Dyess is a dangerous and unpredictable man and that Maloney, Eckert, Amaro and Smith acted in self defense.
According to police, Dyess and his girlfriend, Cheryle Lomeo, got into a physical altercation a week ago at their home. Allegedly, Dyess grabbed Lomeo by the throat and threw her onto a couch. Police say Dyess then pointed a loaded .28 caliber evolver at her and threatened to kill her. Lomeo says he then hit her in the head with the pistol and fired a round.
Dyess arrest has spurred a debate in Daytona Beach about whether a patch holder in a motorcycle club should be allowed to work for the fire department. He is currently free on a $17,500 bond.