Head of Rhode Island Hells Angels charged with armed assault

June 13, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has been charged with armed assault and other offenses after police battered down the organization’s clubhouse door.

The Providence Journal reports that 28-year-old Joseph Lancia, of Smithfield, entered no plea to the felony charges and pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge Thursday. He was arrested Wednesday at the Providence clubhouse in connection to gunfire in the area earlier in the day.

The alleged victim said someone fired a single gunshot at his vehicle as he drove past the clubhouse. No one was injured.

Two other people in the clubhouse pleaded not guilty to obstructing police and resisting arrest.

A message was left at Lancia’s attorney’s office.

Lancia’s bail was set for $100,000, which he planned to post.

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