Baltimore County police officers from several precincts were called to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Saturday after the promoter of a weekend motorcycle show said he asked a gang to leave.
The Pagans, a rival of the Hells Angels, were asked to leave by the organizers of the Timonium Motorcycle Show about 1 p.m., police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email.
She said additional police support was requested because the department was concerned about a possible confrontation after the Hells Angels were displaying their colors, which motorcycle clubs were told not to do during the event.
"We wanted to make sure we were prepared for any confrontations," she said.
Armacost said crowd size was also a concern, and that county marshals controlled the entrances at the event during the busiest part of the day.
Police said there were no major incidents and made no arrests.
Isaiah Aviles, who identified himself as the president of the Pagans' local chapter, said his group was not ever asked to leave and that the Pagans members had not caused any disruptions during the show.
"We didn't instigate trouble with anyone," he said, adding that the group decided to leave around noon Saturday because of the "lack of beer and the bikini show was over."
Aviles said his group had purchased applications to display two bikes at two different locations at the show and enjoy the event.
"We just decided to have a good time like everyone else. Our motto is to drink, party and have fun. And ride our motorcycles," Aviles said.
The show's promoter said the group was asked to leave because they improperly had sublet a spot at the event without permission, but added that some clubs are considered to be problematic.
"There are some clubs, just as a matter of security, we don't want them at our shows. We don't want their competition there," said Rich Kohles, show promoter with American Recreational Promotions, which organized the show. "Basically, when you have a motorcycle show, there are a group called one percenters, the ones that represent motorcycle gangs."
Kohles said the group left without incident. He called the three-day show an "extremely family-oriented event."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun