Winnipeg Hells Angel arrested after man, teen beaten
Rodney Sweeney facing multiple charges after man, 14-year-old boy beaten with weapon
Winnipeg police have arrested a known Hells Angels gang member after issuing an arrest warrant for him last week.
On Aug. 5, two relatives, a 27-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy, were riding bikes around 11 p.m. at Concordia Avenue and Molson Street.
The pair were confronted by a stranger driving a car who began to follow them. He then parked the car and attacked the pair with a blunt weapon, according to police.
The man and boy were able to flee and called police. Both had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
Days later, police identified Sweeney as a suspect and asked for the public’s help finding him.
On Tuesday, officers arrested Sweeney. He’s facing multiple charges including aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
Const. Eric Hofley said there was no connection between Sweeney and the victims.
"They were in the area for whatever reason. He took exception to that and proceeded to assault them, allegedly," said Hofley.
Sweeney is a known member of the Hells Angels, according to police. In 2001, he was shot six times during a biker gang war in Winnipeg.
His brother, Dale Sweeney, is president of the Manitoba Hells Angels and was arrested in 2012 during a series of raids.
Court documents dating back to 2011 showed Sweeney and his brother gave direct orders to the gang’s Redlined Support Crew.
Hofley said the incident is a reminder that gang violence isn’t confined to those who participate in gangs.
"Often people tend to look at outlaw motorcycle gangs and the crimes as involved, as not affecting the everyday people and unfortunately, in this case, the allegation is that it did in fact," said Hofley.
Sweeney remains in custody at the Provincial Remand Centre.