The president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s Rhode Island chapter and two others were indicted earlier this month on charges stemming from a shooting incident in June outside the Providence clubhouse. One of them had not been previously charged.
Joseph M. Lancia, 28, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and carrying a pistol without a permit, the state police said. The state police say Lancia is president of the Hells Angels in Rhode Island, and that he fired a gun at a man driving by the Messer Street clubhouse. The man was not hit by gunfire, but the roadway was shut down for hours as heavily armed police swarmed the area.
He pleaded not guilty in Providence Superior Court, his lawyer, William Dimitri, said. He originally was arrested and charged in a complaint that day, but on July 3, a state grand jury indicted him on the felony charges, representing the next step in the prosecution of a man who police say leads a violent motorcycle gang. Another man who police say was there after the shooting, but was not originally charged, was also indicted.
Another full-patch Hells Angels member, Lance R. Imor, 54, of West Warwick, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, compounding and concealing a felony, and misprision of a felony.
“We’re confident in the evidence that he was at the scene immediately after the shooting,” said Major Timothy G. Sanzi, detective commander of the Rhode Island State Police.
Lancia and Imor were released on bail.
A woman who was arrested at the clubhouse that day, Amber E. Gill, 25, of Providence, was also indicted on a charge of possession of tetrahydrocannabinol, the state police said.
Howard Pollitt, who was also arrested and charged that day, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstruction and resisting charges. He was not named in the indictments.