Police say the arrest of the alleged sergeant at arms of the Bandidos bikie gang over a violent attack at a Brisbane nightclub will hit the club’s hierarchy.
The arrest of the national sergeant at arms of the Bandidos bikie gang will hit the club’s hierarchy, Queensland police say.
Christopher “Chubbs” Barrett, 39, was arrested early on Monday after allegedly spitting on a female employee at Tony’s Niteclub in Fortitude Valley and king-hitting a security guard and knocking him unconscious following a request to leave.
Barrett also allegedly threatened to return to the club with more Bandidos gang members if staff contacted police.
He will face court later on Monday charged with assault, making threats, and affray with a circumstance of aggravation in that he is a criminal gang participant.
A 39-year-old accomplice, whose links to the Bandidos are still being checked, has also been charged with affray and assault.
The notorious Bandidos criminal motorcycle gang prompted the Queensland government crackdown on gangs after a brawl outside a Gold Coast restaurant in September last year.
Detective Inspector Brian Smith said Barrett was also involved in that incident.
“To see him still out and about assaulting people in public spaces and nightclubs is obviously concerning for us,” Det Insp Smith told reporters.
He said the high-profile arrest would hit the club’s hierarchy.
“I would hope that it sends a clear message,” he said.
“It just shows that these people have no respect for the community and the laws the rest of us have to face.”
Det Insp Smith said the arrests demonstrated a change in public attitude, and members of the public were no longer afraid to report bikies to police.
Footage taken after Barrett’s arrest show him being led to a police van wearing only tight blue jeans and black boots.
His naked torso is heavily tattooed and his entire back is covered in the Bandidos logo, with the words Sargento de Armas emblazed in capital letters around his back.