ARTHUR – Wellington OPP’s crime and biker units are appealing to the public for information to aid in an ongoing investigation into a nighttime biker brawl on Aug. 18.
According to an Aug. 25 press release, police responded to an undisclosed Arthur business after receiving an anonymous tip about a fight involving upwards of 30 people shortly after 11pm on Wednesday last week.
The brawlers left the scene prior to police arriving.
Details published in the OPP’s press release were thin, prompting the Advertiser to reach out for additional information.
So far, the OPP’s investigation has revealed links to outlaw biker gangs but police are unsure of what gangs are involved and what kicked off the feud. Not all those involved have been identified.
In an emailed response to questions submitted by the Advertiser, Wellington OPP media staffer Josh Cunningham said there are no known “outlaw motorcycle gang” club houses in the county and none in Arthur, specifically.
Evidence found at the scene pointed toward some of those involved having been injured, according to Cunningham.
Police would not disclose what evidence led investigators to believe there were injuries or what the nature of injuries were. Police don’t believe anyone sought medical attention at area hospitals.
What weapons were used during the fight is still being worked out but Cunningham said, as far as they know, there were no guns involved.
When asked why information was only publicly released a week after the incident, Cunningham’s email stated in response that “there was no public safety threat at the time” to justify releasing information.
“The investigation began soon after the incident and we are only now in a position to release the information,” Cunningham stated. “We are looking for the public’s assistance as we continue the investigation.”
Police say there remains no concern for public safety and it’s believed the incident is isolated but that “the presence of motorcycle gangs in any community should be a concern.”
Police recommend the public “minimize contact with gang members” and report their activity.
The OPP’s Biker Enforcement Unit, led by the organized crime bureau, is providing support to Wellington OPP in attempting to identify all those involved in the brawl with links to outlaw biker groups.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be submitted electronically at tipshelp.com.