Summers has case heard Tuesday; Potter opts to wait until Thursday
Bradley John Summers (left) and Allan Winfield Potter are brought into provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday.— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Two St. John’s men suspected of having ties to violent biker gang activity were dressed alike when they appeared in provincial court Tuesday.
Both wore jeans and dark, long-sleeved shirts with identical logos on the front and back. Sources outside court told The Telegram the logos signified support for the Hells Angels — a notorious motorcycle gang considered to be an organized crime group.
But Allan Winfield Potter, 50, and Bradley John Summers, 32, had different ideas about when they wanted their bail hearing.
Potter, who was represented by St. John’s lawyer John Kelly, opted to go back to jail and wait to have his bail hearing Thursday.
Summers, with lawyer Tim O’Brien, wanted his bail hearing right away.
It got underway Tuesday afternoon, with Judge Colin Flynn hearing the case.
It’s scheduled to continue Thursday.
Potter and Summers each face four counts of assault — two of them joint charges — while Summers faces four counts of uttering threats and Potter one for the same charge. The latter charge for uttering threats is also a joint one. The charges relate to multiple victims, some of whom are listed on court documents as “unknown,” while other complainants are listed by initials.
The men were arrested Friday afternoon at the corner of Duckworth Street and Bates Hill in the city’s downtown.
In a news release issued later that day, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, working jointly with the RCMP, said the charges relate to incidents in the George Street area between March and May.
RNC Const. Talia Murphy told reporters the police would not name “any particular outlaw motorcycle gang that these individuals may be associated (with) at this time.”
However, there are connections to other incidents which have been linked to the Angels.
Incidentally, the street address listed for Summers on a court document is 283 Hamilton Ave. — the same house that was targeted last May in what police have called a suspicious incident. The fire damaged two houses, a Mercedes-Benz, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Weeks later, RNC Chief Robert Johnston told reporters police suspected that incident and a recent drive-by shooting on Dauntless Street in the Kenmount Terrace subdivision were connected. The drive-by targeted the wrong house, according to police.
No one was injured in either incident.
Johnston said investigators have learned through interviews that both occurrences may be linked to the Angels.
He said there are indications there are efforts underway to establish an Angels chapter in St. John’s.
No arrests have been made in connection with either the incident on Hamilton Avenue or the one on Dauntless Street.