Two motorcyclists arrested on weapons charges near a charity fundraiser in Lindenhurst could legally carry their handguns in Delaware, where they live, their lawyer said in court Monday.
"I wanted to distinguish for the judge that these men were not just running around with guns," attorney Jeffery L. Greco of Manhattan said after the men were arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip. "Neither one has a prior [criminal] record and could carry openly in Delaware."
Judge Pierce F. Cohalan set bail at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond each for Todd Hathaway, 40, and for Adam Sockriter, 28, both of Georgetown. Both were charged with illegal possession of a loaded 9-mm handgun and possession of methamphetamine.
Nine other men arrested in the same area near Duffy's Ale House around the same time Saturday night and Sunday morning were still awaiting arraignment late Monday.
A lawyer representing four of the men, Robert A. Macedonio of Central Islip, said he made an argument similar to Greco's when his clients were arraigned later in the day.
"All my clients are from North Carolina and all the weapons are legal there," Macedonio said. "None of these men have a criminal record, and three of them served honorably in the Marine Corps."
Hathaway and Sockriter were members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, police said.
The Pagans were holding a fundraiser there for a young man with cancer, restaurant owner Glen Arnold told Newsday on Friday.
Greco noted that all but one of the men lived outside New York State. "Isn't that convenient?" he said. "They [Pagans] have a local chapter that is very big. It think it's very peculiar that everyone who was stopped and arrested had out-of-state plates."
A Suffolk County police spokeswoman declined to comment on why no locals were arrested.
Police quoted Hathaway in court papers as saying: "That's my gun. I bought it in Delaware about a year ago."
They said Pagans members Michael John Parsnip, 42, and Jason Lucian Craft, 39, both residents of North Carolina, were charged with drug and weapons possession. Boudewijn Rob, 35, and Kenneth Reynolds, 34, also Pagans members from North Carolina, were charged with possession of loaded firearms.
Five others were arrested and charged with drug possession, police said: Julio Rosa, 43, of the Bronx and Manuel Tull, 50, of New Jersey, both members of the Dirty Ones Motorcycle Club; Edward Otto, 58, of Pennsylvania, a member of the Steel Wheels Motorcycle Club and Mark Harmon, 52, of New Jersey, of the Black Sheep Motorcycle Club.
Eneldo Rivera, 38, of New Jersey, of the Armored Saints Motorcycle Club, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after being found with a billy club, police said.