Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Trevor Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
One man is dead after a shootout Tuesday with federal agents who raided his home to arrest him in connection with a near-fatal shooting of a rival motorcycle gang member in Canaan last year.
Thomas "Tomcat" Mayne, a member of the American Outlaw Association, otherwise known as the Outlaws, was allegedly one of two shooters in an October 2009 attack near the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club's meeting place in Canaan.
At 6 a.m., when federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives arrived to conduct a search of Mayne's home in Old Orchard Beach, they were fired upon, said special agent Glen Anderson, head of the Boston field office for the bureau. They fired back, killing Mayne.
The Office of the Maine Attorney General is conducting an investigation into the shooting.
The other shooter in the 2009 attack in Canaan was Michael "Madman" Pedini, of Madison, also an Outlaws member, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Pedini is currently in Somerset County Jail on cocaine-trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that involved patrons and an employee of Waterville's Bob-In. Seven people were arrested in that case in November.
Mayne and Pedini were two of 27 people across the United States indicted on charges relating to racketeering conspiracy, which encompasses organized crime.
The surviving suspects also face charges that include conspiracy to commit violence, illegal possession of firearms, civil rights violations, witness tampering and drug dealing.
The Outlaws is "a criminal organization" involved in "murder, attempted murders, robberies, assaults, extortion, arson, witness intimidation, narcotics violations, illegal gambling and weapons violations," according to the federal indictment, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
As part of the nationwide roundup of motorcycle gang leaders Tuesday morning, agents also arrested Thomas Benvie of Springvale, in southern Maine. Another Maine man, Joseph Allman of Hollis, was arrested where he was working in Mississippi.
Also in southern Maine, agents conducted a search of 490 Hollis Road in Dayton, which reportedly is an Outlaws' clubhouse, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney's Office in Richmond, Va.
The federal indictment says that in September, Hells Angels members assaulted two Outlaws members at a gas station in New Haven, Conn. As a sign of disrespect, the Hells Angels took the patches worn by the Outlaws, which they earn to show their loyalty.
In October, the national Outlaws president asked Pedini, who held the rank of enforcer in the Maine Outlaws, to personally take revenge on the Hells Angels, according to the indictment.
On the evening of Oct. 8, Hells Angel Gary Watson of Madison, then 63, was shot in his pickup truck at the entrance to the Hells Angels' clubhouse on Route 23 in Canaan.
Pedini and Mayne had allegedly staked out the Hells Angels' Canaan clubhouse and then confronted and shot Watson. He was hospitalized for numerous gunshot wounds. A few days later, he was reported in critical but stable condition.
A woman who lives near the Hells Angels' clubhouse -- known as the Slaughterhouse because it was once a butcher's shop -- later estimated she heard about six gunshots that evening. When she looked out her window, she saw Watson's pickup truck go in reverse from the clubhouse's driveway and into the middle of the road, perpendicular to the flow of traffic.
When she went to Watson, there were bullet holes in his back window and side mirror, she said. One bullet appeared to have passed through his seat and entered his neck.
She asked not to be identified due to safety concerns.
Pedini, the alleged "enforcer" for the Outlaws, has been in jail since his November arrest on four counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and one count each of conspiracy to commit trafficking and criminal forfeiture. He now faces federal charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
He is being kept in isolation at the Somerset County jail after starting a fight with another inmate Friday, June 11, Jail Administrator Maj. David Allen said.
Until the fight, he had been "pretty decent-acting," Allen said.
Ezra Holt, who owns Ezzy's Redemption near the Hells Angels' clubhouse, said his father used to own the clubhouse's building when it was a butcher's shop. Before it was owned by Hells Angels, it was a clubhouse for the Saracens motorcycle club.
It's "just a place they can call their own if they want to meet," Holt said.
The clubhouse is located behind the trees, down a dirt driveway that is blocked off by a chain-link gate. Over the gate are two surveillance cameras.
Erin Rhoda -- 474-9534