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Four people were arrested this Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the murder of Joseph Pontroué, a 52-year-old biker from Séméac, on September 18 at the Tarbes Expos park. This brings the number of people involved in this deadly brawl to nine. A tenth rider is still on the run.
Four men were arrested this Tuesday morning as part of the investigation into the murder of Joseph Pontroué, a 52-year-old biker, stabbed to death at the Parc des Expos on September 18 on the sidelines of the American Saloon, living room dedicated to American culture.
The police “housed” and arrested two people in the Hautes-Pyrénées and two people in the Toulouse region. The four men, who gravitate in the environment of the Hells Angels, are suspected of having helped them in the organization of their descent in Tarbes on September 18. They were also reportedly present at the scene of the fight. Some would have taken part in the fight without however being involved in the fatal blows. A testimony confirmed by viewing the videos implicates a biker from the Paris region who stabbed Bigourdans bikers while they were fighting with the Hells Angels.
The Hells Angels from the Paris region, Toulouse, the Landes met in a local Hells Angels in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques before converging on Tarbes where they attacked a local group of Rebels, other bikers considered to be of “competitors” by the Hells.
Around 3:30 p.m. that Saturday, the fight had been extremely violent. According to a witness, the Bigourdans had barely had time to get off their motorcycles before being assaulted. Joseph Pontroué, who was riding with the Rebels without being part of them, received five stab wounds. Unfortunately, he did not survive his injuries.
The Helles Angels had quickly fled in several directions. Filmed, they were identified. Five of them were arrested in the Landes, Toulouse and the Paris region. They were indicted for organized murder and attempted murder and held in various remand centers. They remained silent during the 96 hours in police custody.
The Hells Angels could have descended on Tarbes to “impose” their law on the Rebels, a group of bikers considered to be competing. Did they want to “teach a lesson” to the Bigourdans to expand their influence and their territory? The hearings of the four new suspects could perhaps provide new information to investigators from the Toulouse judicial police and the Tarbes police station. They would not have started the confrontation with the will to kill, but the action would have been well and truly prepared.
The Toulouse bikers involved in the brawl would not yet be considered Hells Angels but would aspire to be. Were they asked to prove themselves by taking part in this brawl?