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Former Hells Angel Villy Roy Lynnerup facing new charges

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A former Hells Angel who was once convicted of trying to take a loaded gun through airport security is wanted by police again.

New charges were laid July 5 against Villy Roy Lynnerup.

The 52-year-old is facing two assault charges, one count each of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief.

All offences are alleged to have occurred June 19 in Langley.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday. He is described as being 5-foot-9 and 260 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Lynnerup was a longtime member of the White Rock chapter of the notorious biker gang.

In April 2006, he was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport after security screeners noticed a semi-automatic pistol in his black carry-on bag when it was being X-rayed.

Police were called in and he was arrested and charged with possession of an unlicensed, unregistered firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police also found Hells Angels documents in his bag, including minutes of chapter meetings.

Lynnerup later testified at his trial that the gun was not his and that he had no idea how it ended up in his bag. He suggested that his roommates would have had access to his bag, which he packed the night before and left by the front door.

“However, he stated in cross-examination that he had never seen or known any of them to carry a gun. He never suggested any reason why anyone might place a fully loaded gun with one round in the chamber in his carry-on luggage,” Richmond Provincial Court Judge Patrick Chen said at the time.

“I find the evidence of the accused to be troubling. Defence counsel has argued that no one in their right mind would have brought a bag with a weapon to the airport knowing it would have to go through an X-Ray screening machine. However, there is simply no rational explanation of how or why anyone other than the accused placed the gun into the accused’s sports bag.”

Chen convicted Lynnerup on all three counts and sentenced him to 18 months in jail. He was also handed a lifetime firearms prohibition.

He was later charged in two separate incidents with break-and-enter, assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and mischief. But he was acquitted in both cases.

Lynnerup has since left the Hells Angels.

Writer: Kim Bolan
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