June 16, 2010

ATF raid leads to shootout,
Maine biker's death

Federal agents had planned to arrest the reputed Outlaws gang leader at his Old Orchard Beach home.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

OLD ORCHARD BEACH - The state medical examiner will do an autopsy today on the body of a reputed leader in the Outlaws motorcycle gang who died in a shootout with federal agents Tuesday morning.

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ATF special agent Glen Anderson, right, and Old Orchard Beach Police Chief Dana Kelley address the media in Scarborough after the ATF raid.

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An autopsy is planned today on Thomas Mayne.

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Thomas "Tomcat" Mayne, 58, was killed after a special response team with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives surrounded the house at 5 Sandy Circle to serve an arrest warrant.

Mayne was one of 27 members of the American Outlaw Association, also known as the Outlaws, who were indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Va., on charges including racketeering, attempted murder, kidnapping and drug dealing. The ATF made arrests in 10 states Tuesday.

The sweep picked up Jack "Milwaukee Jack" Rosga, 53, of Milwaukee, Wisc., the president of the Outlaws, who allegedly ordered members to retaliate against the Hells Angels in Maine for an assault on two Outlaws.

Prosecutors say Mayne and Michael "Madman" Pedini staked out the Hells Angels' clubhouse in Canaan last year and shot a member there repeatedly, although the victim did not die.

The ATF had arrest warrants for three Mainers: Mayne; Thomas "Taz" Benvie, 41, of Sanford, president of the Maine chapter of the Outlaws; and Joseph Allman of Hollis, former president and enforcer in the Maine chapter. Allman was arrested in Mississippi, where he has been working.

Another member of the Outlaws was charged Tuesday morning with resisting a search warrant during the encounter at Sandy Circle.

Kenneth Chretien, part-owner of the house, defied agents' commands, even after being hit with nonlethal baton rounds and receiving a five-second burst of electricity from a Taser, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Only when Chretien was threatened with another Taser shock did he submit to being handcuffed, the court papers say.

The affidavit contains some description of what happened Tuesday morning, but contains no details about how Mayne was killed.

John Kaufman, a member of one of five ATF teams that handle high-risk search warrants and arrests, wrote that uniformed agents gathered at the house before 6 a.m.

As they prepared to enter, they were shot at through a window from inside, the affidavit says. None of the agents was injured.

Agents returned fire. Kaufman wrote that it was unclear who fired at the agents or whether they were able to fire again.

Negotiators used bullhorns to order people out of the house. After 15 to 20 minutes, two women and Chretien left the building. Chretien was talking on a cell phone and refused orders to drop it, the affidavit says.

Chretien shouted obscenities at the agents, then rushed Kaufman, the affidavit says. Kaufman responded by firing three non-lethal baton rounds -- cylinders intended to incapacitate. He wrote that they had no noticeable effect on Chretien.

Benvie and Chretien made initial appearances Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Benvie is scheduled for a detention hearing Thursday. He faces as much as 20 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering.

ATF agents searched Mayne's house, Benvie's house and the Outlaws clubhouse at 490 Hollis Road in Dayton.

The assignment of a special response team for Mayne's arrest shows the concern that officials had about the potential for violence, Glen "Andy" Anderson, special agent in charge of the ATF field office in Boston, said at a press conference about a mile from the shooting scene.

Jeffrey Barrett, who has lived at 4 Sandy Circle for the past 22 years, said he and his wife were getting ready for work Tuesday morning when they heard the raid begin next door. They heard gunshots and people yelling that the house was surrounded.

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Members of the Scarborough Fire and Police Department block access to Ross Road off Pine Point Road in Scarborough after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided a home Tuesday on Sandy Circle in Old Orchard Beach.

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