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Two suspects arrested in rival bikers arson charges

CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- Two Cincinnati men, Emmert, aka "Andy" Earls and Ricky Fields face arson and wanton endangerment charges for trying to shoot up, blow up and burn down the Iron Horsemen's Covington Clubhouse in late February.

Earls and Fields were picked up Friday through a very solid cooperative effort between Covington Police, ATF agents and Cincinnati Police.  You can still see the scars of the attack on the Iron Horsemen's Covington Clubhouse.  Where there was once a window is now just the black soot from a firebomb.  And where there used to be smooth siding, three blasts from a shotgun.

Investigators say Emmert "Andy" Earls and Ricky Fields are behind both. 

Commonwealth's attorney Rob Sanders said, "The investigation lead to Detective John Mangus from the Covington Police Department securing a warrant for the arrest of the two individuals that were picked up in Hamilton County.  They each face one count of first degree arson which is a class one felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison and also several counts of wanton endangerment first degree, class d felonies punishable by one to 5 years in prison."

The two men belong to what used to be the Cincinnati chapter of the Detroit Highwaymen.  In fact Earls is the brother of club President, Joe Earls.  In mid February a violent retaliatory chain of events began when Highwaymen swarmed out of their clubhouse and attacked a couple of Iron Horsemen, stealing a motorcycle from one of them.  A short time later, investigators say surveillance cameras caught Horsemen returning and opening fire on the clubhouse.

About 48 hours later they now say Earls and Fields shot up and attempted to burn down the Horsemen's clubhouse.  Police have put together such a lock tight case against the pair, they've even confiscated the shotgun allegedly used in the attack.

Sanders tells Local 12 news, "The Iron Horsemen have been present, had their house in Covington for a number of years. This is the first case I've ever dealt with them, and they're victims.  They've never been defendants in a case that I'm aware of so we protect them like anybody else in our community.  Their property got firebombed while they had folks inside, they're victims just like anybody else."

Normally members of what's known as outlaw motorcycle gangs don't cooperate with police when it comes to things like this.  But Local 12's Rich Jaffe has been told the beauty of this case is the Covington detective and ATF agents did such a good job on it, that basically the Horsemen don't have to cooperate in order to convict Earls and Fields.

No word yet on when Fields and Earls will appear in a Kentucky courtroom.  Local 12 will update as more information is learned.


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