Dramatic moment Rebels bikies detained in Sydney
A BUNCH of interstate bikies visiting Sydney for a secret outlaw motorcycle gang soiree have been hauled out of their hotels and sent packing after one of them allegedly threatened a police officer in a Western Sydney shopping centre.
Armed police from the NSW State Crime Command's Criminal Groups Squad hunted down more than 20 Rebels bikies from Western and South Australia, including three female associates following the incident at Westfield Parramatta last week.
"We don't tolerate any sort of ill behaviour from OMCG groups from NSW or anywhere else," unit boss Detective Superintendent Debbie Wallace said.
"The Sydney club members know if they act up, especially in a public place there will be consequences for their entire club. The same goes for anyone visiting here.''
Just after 10.30am last Friday, three NSW transport command officers were walking down George St in Parramatta when they saw a group of men scatter as they saw the police approaching.
The officers followed some into the nearby Westfield shopping centre, saw three heavily inked men - one with a "one per cent'' tattoo - and began to approach them. Police allege a 43-year-old man who was part of the group threatened the officers, one of whom was a superintendent. They then left the shopping centre.
But the incident was reported to Strike Force Raptor, an anti-bikie gang unit working in the Criminal Group Squad which specialises in disrupting the activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Supt Wallace said despite the men not wearing patches or even having their bikes in Sydney, police were able to track them down through other means.
That afternoon heavily armed officers stormed the Meriton apartments in Parramatta's George St and arrested 11 people. Eight Rebels bikies and three females associates were detained and searched.
Two men, aged 48 and 43, were both charged with affray and being part of a criminal group before being granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on September 26.
A third man is believed to have fled back to Western Australia where inquiries about his whereabouts have been taken up by local police.
The group were all evicted from the building and banned from returning.
Police then received intelligence that members of South Australian chapters were staying at a hotel in Liverpool on Hoxton Park Rd.
Just after 8pm Saturday, officers from Strike Force Raptor, South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, Liverpool City Police area command, and the Public Order and Riot Squad went to the hotel and searched 14 rooms which had been booked by the bikie club.
The entire group was evicted and told that management did not want them to return.