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CT bar shut down after fight between rival motorcycle gangs

May 22, 2019

PLAINVILLE - State liquor control authorities indefinitely shut down a local bar after two rival biker gangs staged a brawl on the patio Thursday night, reports said.

The Diablos, a well-known biker gang dating back decades, quickly rolled up to the Central Cafe at 54 West Main St. Thursday night as the “Outlaws,” also a well-known motorcycle club, were on the patio of the bar, according to papers released by the state Department of Consumer Protection.

“A significant number of Diablos” quickly jumped the fence enclosed around the patio and began attacking the Outlaws, leading to an all out brawl that left one man with a head injury and a human “bite” mark and a second with a head laceration, reports said.

As police arrived, the bikers fled by driving over lawns and on the wrong side of the road and by illegally passing other traffic, reports said.

Many were wearing their gang gear clearly indicating they were either with the “Diablos” or the “Outlaws,” said police who called in officers from other towns in case the situation escalated.

The entire night shift of Plainville officers responded to the scene as some of the bikers took of their identifying gear to watch from across the street, reports said. Members of the “Outlaws” were shouting obscenities at police and more members of the biker gang arrived as officers were trying to get the situation under control, police said.

One of the men injured was identified as an associate of the “Outlaws” and refused to cooperate with police, documents said. The other man who received a head injury and was bitten said he was hanging out when he was “jumped” but refused to provide other details.

The manager of the bar admitted that he is friends with several members of the Outlaws and that the establishment was being operated as a “gang bar.”

Police Chief Matthew Catania told liquor control authorities that his officers responded to at least two other incidents of bike gang violence at the bar.

Catania called the situation “dangerous” and not likely to stop. “This type of activity presents a very real danger to the involved parties, the police, but even more so to the innocent people who happen to be walking/driving by when the mass exodus occurs” as the bikers quickly flee, Catania said.

The Director of the Liquor Control Division of the DCP announced Tuesday the indefinite suspension of the establishment’s liquor permit and the closure of the cafe until pending proceedings for revocation of the permit.

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