Rodney Sweeney (45) is no stranger to the long arm of the law.
On Friday, August 9, 2013, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release indicating Sweeney was on their hit list after he allegedly assaulted a twenty-seven (27) year old man and a fourteen (14) year old boy in an incident that occurred in the area of Concordia Avenue and Molson Street.
The man and boy were reported to be riding their bicycles in the area when they were confronted by a male believed to be Sweeney. The victims were followed a short distance by the man and were subsequently attacked with a blunt weapon.
After the attack, the victims fled the area and were later treated at Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation resulted in Sweeney being identified as the attacker and an arrest warrant has been issued. Sweeney is described as Caucasian, 6’2″, 230 pounds, medium build, short brown hair, blues eyes and a goatee. Police advise Sweeney is known to carry weapons and should not be approached.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the WPS Organized Crime Unit (OCU) at 204-986-3916 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
The WPS press release excluded the fact that Sweeney is a full patch card-carrying member of the infamous Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, a piece of information vital to anyone who might consider following him or reporting his whereabouts to the Police.
He is also an aggressive, dangerous criminal whose been a central figure in many shootings, attempt murders and confrontations with Law Enforcement.
In June of 2000, Sweeney was party to a Club House baseball bat assault that left Winnipeg gangster Mario Adamo clinging to life. Sweeney was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with fellow Hells Angel gang member Shane Edward Kirton. Both men were convicted of the lesser offence of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and received eight (8) month sentences.
In June 2001, Sweeney was shot five (5) times by gangster Kevin Sylvester in an apparent revenge shooting related to the disappearance of Sylvester’s brother, Spartan gang leader Darwin Sylvester.
(Sylvester was subsequently sentenced to just two (2) years in jail for the shooting after striking a deal to provide evidence against Hells Angels gangsters regarding other retaliatory shootings.)
In July 2001, Sweeney’s brother, one time Hells Angel President Dale Sweeney, opened fire on Sylvester on Portage Ave sending dozens of motorists and bystanders ducking for cover. A total of nine (9) shots were fired in the shooting. Sweeney subsequently caught a six (6) year sentence for the reckless attempt at revenge.
In 2008, Members of the WPS Organized Crime Unit monitored the Hells Angels annual Halloween Party by conducting traffic stops outside the gates to the Club House at 2679 Scotia Avenue. During the evening, a defiant Sweeney rolled up and begrudgingly provided his driver’s licence and registration, an exercise he should have long become accustomed to. After providing the documentation, Sweeney proceeded to do a thirty-second burn out that filled the calm fall air with the sounds of squealing tires and a deafening Harley Davidson engine. As he disappeared into the dense smoke, his message of contempt for Law Enforcement was received loud and clear.
Unfortunately for him, his heroic brake stand contravened section 179 (2) of the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act, (making unnecessary noise), a tort for which he was immediately arrested and detained. I won’t soon forget the stunned look on his face as he was pulled from the clubhouse, placed in handcuffs and shoved into the back seat of a Police Cruiser Car. His lack of judgement on Hallows eve ended up costing him several days in the Provincial Remand Center.
MANITOBA HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT:
179(2) No person shall start, drive, turn or stop a motor vehicle, or accelerate the motor of a motor vehicle while it is stationary, in such a manner as to cause any loud and unnecessary noise in, or from, the engine, exhaust system or braking system, or from the contact of tires with the roadway.