Two people have been arrested after a brawl involving rival motorcycle clubs outside a bar in Worcester, Massachusetts, last month.
Jake Doherty, 32, of 84 Sears Island Dr., Worcester, and Michael Blair, 37, of 1039 Main St., Worcester, are each charged with one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (flashlight) and one count of aggravated assault and battery.
The charges stem from an incident on the evening of May 8 at Suney's Pub at 216 Chandler St. Worcester Police were called to the bar at 7:20 p.m. for a reported assault, and upon their arrival they found two men - ages 25 and 54 - suffering from head injuries. They were treated by EMTs and taken to a local hospital.
The younger victim said he was standing outside Suney's Pub when he was accosted by several men, who began to punch him and strike him with a large flashlight. The older victim was inside the pub and went outside to help, at which point he was attacked by the same group of men. He told police he was also struck on the head with the flashlight and punched numerous times.
Witnesses told police there were approximately seven men attacking the two victims.
In addition to being assaulted, the victims said their jackets and a cell phone were stolen from them.
The victims were uncooperative when asked about the motive for the attack and the identities of the suspects. But investigators were able to obtain information that the two groups belong to rival motorcycle clubs. Both clubs had been having issues on social media and physical confrontations when they encounter each other.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, and they are attempting to identify the other suspects.
Anyone with information can call 508-799-8651 or send an anonymous text to 274637 (TIPWPD) or go to worcesterma.gov/police.