A man who served as the president of the local chapter of the Bacchus motorcycle gang has been charged with attempted murder after police allege he attacked a 50-year-old man with a hammer in Hants County on New Year's Eve.

RCMP said they were called to a home on Renfrew Road in Nine Mile River at 8:30 a.m. They said a woman tried to intervene and was also assaulted.

Paul Roderick Fowler, 44, has also been charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unsafe storage of a firearm.

RCMP said the victims and suspect are known to each other.

In a statement, RCMP said Fowler, of Nine Mile River, served as president of the Hants County chapter of the Bacchus gang since 2010, but his current status is unknown.

Police and an associate of Fowler's told CBC News he stepped away from the club to deal with personal issues after his wife left.

Criminal Intelligence Service Canada considers Bacchus an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The RCMP is warning the public, saying gang members "often use intimidation and violence" during criminal activity.

Fowler is scheduled to appear in Truro provincial court on Wednesday.