Hells Angels to Visit Rockford

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- All members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang, wanted for their involvement in a massive brawl have been taken into custody. The final two were arrested over the weekend. Rockford Police condemned their club house just days before hundreds roll into town for the group's convention and local authorities are prepared for their visit.

"I have my concerns, just for the safety," August Borchardt, who lives near Lyran Park, said.

Those concerns center on the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang. Their annual rally starts Saturday at Lyran Park, just down the road from August and Barb Borchardt's home. But this couple has different views on the Hells Angels.

"I think we should give them a chance. If they do things wrong at the park, we won't invite them back for a second time," Barb Borchardt, said.

"If they're going to be streaming up and down the roads in the middle of the night, yeah, that's a concern," August Borchardt, said.

Rockford Police say we shouldn't be worried.

"The only time there were issues were when law enforcement wasn't prepared. There wasn't a presence, a visible presence of law enforcement so things didn't get out of hand," Rockford Police Lt. Pat Hoey, said.

So officers are prepared. Rockford, Loves Park, and Belvidere Police will work with Winnebago, Boone and Ogle County Sheriff's Departments and the Illinois State Police.

"Just so everyone feels safe we have some extra officers on that will be patrolling where they're holding the events," Lt. Hoey said.

The Borchardt’s say knowing officers will be in the area gives them added piece of mind.

"I don't think we'll probably even know it’s there you know, unless they have accidents or hurt someone I think it will be okay," Barb Borchardt, said.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Police are gearing up for the Hells Angels USA Run. Hundreds of motorcyclists will start rolling into the area Friday, or sooner.

Police departments from all six local counties will be assisting to make sure the convention doesn’t turn violent.

“From the research we did and the other agencies we talked to that hosted this, they said the only time there were issues was when law enforcement was not prepared, there wasn’t a presence, a visible presence of law enforcement,” said Lt. Pat Hoey with Rockford Police.


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