Four Pagens motorcycle club members charged with assaulting police

By Terri Hill | October 14, 2018

Four reputed members of the Pagen motorcycle club were arrested early Saturday morning after they fought with Pittsburgh detectives inside a Southside bar.

A police affidavit explains in detail the events leading up to the clash between undercover detectives and the four men, who police allege in the document, are members of the infamous Pagen’s gang.

Four detectives were seated inside Kopy’s bar located at 80 South 12th Street, investigating recent complaints that drugs were being sold inside the location.

At least six members of the Pagans motorcycle club entered the bar and proceeded to the rear seating area, near the pool table. Police said they were able to identify the men as Pagans because they wore “jean jacket vests w/ Pagan’s written across the back,” the affidavit said.

Just before the fight started, two of the six men left the bar. The four remaining men who police have charged are: Frank Deluca, 36, of Greenfield, Michael Zokaites, 38, of Shaler, Erik Hertzrater, 28, of Hampton and Bruce Thomas, 61, of Pittsburgh. All four face charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy and riot.

Problems started when a bar patron told the four men that police officers were seated in the bar. A detective approached the group and identified themselves as police.

The conversation was cordial,  but then Deluca “became angry and began screaming obscenities at one of the detectives.” Another detective, the complaint said, stood between the two in an unsuccessful attempt to deescalate the confrontation. It is at this point a fight started when Deluca pushed one of the detectives, the affidavit said.

Police used pepper spray on all four men and finally succeeded in taking them into custody.

Deluca was taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of facial wounds and after he was released he was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

All four men face a preliminary hearing on Oct. 23.

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