A man identified by the FBI as a member of the Kingsmen motorcycle club is accused of threatening a rival biker in text messages.
Ronald M. Blair, 39, of Cotton Street, Lancaster, faces a federal felony charge of transmitting threats to injure another person, the U.S. attorney's office said.
According to court papers, Lancaster police arrested Blair on a gun possession charge Jan. 25 after he had argued with James D. Ignasiak in Pete's Hilltop Bar.
"Ignasiak's brother is a member of the Chosen Few motorcycle club, and the Chosen Few are at odds with the Kingsmen motorcycle club," FBI Special Agent Kenneth A. Jensen Jr. said.
Then, on Feb. 11, Blair sent a series of threatening text messages to a friend of Ignasiak, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce said.
Blair texted that he was "coming over with 2 club bros." and advised the friend to "Tell [Ignasiak] to call a doctor," FBI agents said.
While biker gang disputes have gone on for decades, authorities said Blair is believed to be the first local biker accused of using text messages to deliver threats.
But Thomas J. Eoannou, Blair's attorney, ridiculed the charges.
"The federal government should be ashamed of prosecuting a case like this," Eoannou said. "On any given day, you'll find worse threats than this being made by teenage girls in any high school in Western New York."