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BY: SERENA MARIA DANIELS California – ~Christian bikers plead not guilty to weapons, gang charges~ Charges stem from search after barroom brawl with Hells Angels in which 2 people were stabbed. By NEWPORT BEACH – Three members of the Set Free Soldiers motorcycle group pleaded not guilty today to felony weapons and street terrorism charges tied to a tussle with the Hells Angels. Pastor Phillip Aguilar, 60, founder of the Set Free church in Anaheim, appeared in a Harbor Justice Center courtroom in good spirits and wearing a black pinstriped suit and light-pink dress shirt and with newly dyed-blond hair. He, his son Matthew John Aguilar and Michael Timanus answered to charges stemming from a search and seizure last month, in which a handgun and brass knuckles were discovered in the Aguilar home on Archer Street in Anaheim. Each is charged with felony weapons and street terrorism. A gang enhancement on the weapons charges for the three was dropped. The District Attorney’s Office requested that the accused end all contact with other members of the Set Free Soldiers group. Commissioner Gregory W. Jones denied the request. The search stems from a barroom brawl with members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on July 27 at a Newport Beach restaurant, Blackie’s by the Sea. Two Hells Angels members were stabbed and Phillip Aguilar was charged with attempted murder. Immediately after the fight, 11 people, 10 of them Set Free members, were arrested, and seven were charged with attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were later dropped. In the search, more than 150 officers fanned out and confiscated hundreds of items, including clothing and expensive cars and motorcycles. Thirty years ago, Aguilar was addicted to heroin. Aguilar now preaches to recovering drug addicts in the back yard of one of his Archer Street properties. Phillip Aguilar’s attorney, Doug Myers, would not allow his client to speak about the allegations. But the lawyer said that so far he has not found any evidence of gang activity among the Set Free Soldiers. “In our view, it’s just not a criminal street gang,” Myers said. The three are scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 4

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