EUREKA SPRINGS, AR - Four members of a rival motorcycle gang of the Hells Angels were stabbed as the motorcycle gang's days-long meeting in Eureka Springs was breaking up yesterday.
A spokesman for the Arkansas State Police says an altercation between members of the Hells Angels and the rival Bandidos gang broke out on hotel property on Highway 62. Four members of the Bandidos were stabbed. Two of them suffered critical injuries and were taken to a Washington County hospital. The other two were taken to hospitals in Springdale and Eureka Springs. All of the victims were from Texas. Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt says six suspects were taken into custody. The names of those involved were not immediately available.
Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt identified the victims as: 49-year-old Isidro Savala Zerrata Junior of Lubbock, Texas;38-year-old David Thomas Wood of Amarillo, Texas; 60-year-old Keith Allen Miller of Lubbock, Texas; and Thomas Goodnight of Lubbock. The Hell's Angels arrested on battery charges were identified by Hyatt as: 36-year-old Jason David Gallo of Peabody, Massachusetts; 32-year-old Eric Claudio Franco of Lynn, Massachusetts; 37-year-old Christopher Michael Sweeney of Lynn, Massachusetts; 37-year-old Robert Thomas Reynolds of Sandown, New Hampshire; 33-year-old Manny R. Monteiro of Danvers, Massachusetts; and 21-year-old Derek Jeffery Roy of Lisbon Falls, Maine. Hyatt said police don't know yet what led to the attack.
Almost 60 additional troopers had been assigned to Eureka Springs and Carroll County in anticipation of some trouble with the arrival of Hells Angels members last week. The troopers were returning to their normally assigned stations yesterday and today.