A Fairmont man wanted in connection with a bloody fight that left a New York man hospitalized in a medically-induced coma Aug. 3 is now in custody.
Jason “Jay Bird” Harris, 49, was arrested in Fairmont at around 10:45 p.m. Friday. Harris was wanted by the White Hall Police Department for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to a press release from the U.S. Marshal Service office in Clarksburg, Harris is alleged to have stabbed a man during a fight between the Pagan Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club that occurred on Aug. 3 at the BFS Foods convenience store in the Middletown Mall entryway.
Police said the stabbing victim, Kenneth Murphy of Hilton, New York, was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and later released.
The U.S. Marshals Service began assisting the White Hall Police Department in locating Harris soon after the incident occurred. Early Friday night, authorities received information that led investigators to an associate’s residence on Oregon Avenue in Fairmont.
Harris was taken into custody at the home without incident. The arrest occurred with assistance from the Fairmont Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.
Harris will be seen by a Magistrate in Marion County for his arraignment. He will be lodged at the North Central Regional Jail.
Along with Harris’ arrest, White Hall Police charged James Cody Biggie, 37, of 202 Skyline Dr., Rivesville, and Bruce Evan Davis, 53, of 135 Pine Ln., Fairmont, with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to the original criminal complaint, Biggie and Davis, along with Harris and a fourth man, carried out what police called “a pre-planned physical confrontation with several male individuals in the parking lot of the BFS Foods in White Hall.”
The incident has been described as a fight between the Hells Angels and Pagan motorcycle clubs. At 1:50 p.m. on Aug. 3., a Monongalia Emergency Centralized Communication Agency 911 report stated there was “a fight/stabbing in Fairmont between Hell's Angels club and Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, and that one of the Hells Angels members was being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital.”
Since their arrests, Davis and Biggie have appeared in court where their attorneys asked that their bail be reduced.
On Aug. 12 at his preliminary hearing, Davis’ bail was reduced from $750,00 to $450,000.
Then, on Aug. 13 at his preliminary hearing before Marion County Magistrate Todd Rundle, Biggie’s bail was reduced from $1,030,000 to $500,000. Biggie, who attended, waived the preliminary hearing and his case is now headed to Marion County Circuit Court.
Police are still searching for the fourth suspect in the case. That suspect’s name has not been released.