Police: 4 motorcycle club members arrested in Warwick

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Rhode Island State Police arrested four members of a motorcycle gang from Kentucky on I-95 in Warwick on Friday.

According to police, four members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club were pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic near Exit 10 on 95 North.

Troopers found two loaded guns, large knives and crystal meth during the traffic stop, state police said. Officials believe they were headed to Maine.

Last month, Target 12 Investigator Tim White sat down with Lt. Christopher Zarrella, the head of the State Police Intelligence Unit. Zarrella said state and local police are on high alert because clashes between two feuding outlaw biker gangs are on the rise.

“It’s definitely a concern,” Lt. Zarrella said. “We are doing our best to keep tabs on their activities – when they do engage in criminal activity, when they are seen on the road, violating the law in some way. Whether a traffic violation – troopers are out there reinforcing the law to the best of our ability.”

On the Iron Horsemen website, they identify themselves as “one-percenters.”

“Ninety-nine percent of those people who ride motorcycles are good guys,” Zarrella said. “They are the one percent that isn’t.”

Police say they have concerns for innocent people getting caught in the middle of a biker battle.

“Unquestionably, there is a threat to public safety,” he said.

Police say they will have more information on the arrests Saturday morning. The four men are scheduled to be arraigned Friday night.

**UPDATE**

Saturday morning, State Police identified the four men who were arrested:

  • 55 year-old Robert Frayer, of Princeton, Kentucky, was charged with two counts of carrying a pistol without a license: Troopers allege he was carrying a 9mm pistol and a .380 pistol. He was also charged with two counts of carrying a weapon other than a firearm – specifically, knives with blades longer than three inches, according to State Police.
  • 41 year-old Michael Matteson of Benton, Kentucky, was charged with possession of Clonazepam and with carrying a knife.
  • 58 year-old Jerry Palmer of Princeton, Kentucky, was charged with three counts of possession of weapons other than firearms.
  • 47 year-old Steven Overby of Hardin, Kentucky, was charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine.

All four were arraigned before a Justice of the Peace and released on $10,000 surety bail.

“I commend the Troopers for their attention to detail in seizing firearms and contraband,” Colonel Steven O’Donnell of the State Police said Saturday morning. “With the current climate and ongoing disputes between rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in our region, these arrests may have prevented some violence.”

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