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    Multiple Phoenix police officers have been disciplined after an independent report found more than a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters were charged with gang-related activity despite a lack of "credible" evidence. In October 2020, 15 protesters were jailed for "assisting a criminal street gang" following a demonstration in the Arizona capital. Prosecutors and police argued they were part of a group called ACAB, short for "all cops are bastards," a common phrase used in protests after George Floyd's death. Months later, their felony charges were dropped. Attorneys for Maricopa County were accused of misleading a grand jury, and an investigation was commissioned by Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher. The inquiry, which was spearheaded by the Ballard Spahr law firm, concluded on Thursday that "no credible evidence" backed the claim the suspects were gang members and the charges were devoid of "merit." The investigation also found that police, who claimed the group was organized “for the intent to create violence” against the police, sought to “keep things quiet” as they sought to classify a new street gang. JUSTICE...
    Fifteen reputed members and associates of a violent gang that put 50,000 doses of lethal heroin and over two pounds of crack a week on the streets of Paterson were indicted by a state grand jury on Wednesday. The leaders, members and associates of the 42-50 subset of the Crips were slinging heroin connected to eight overdose deaths and 14 nonfatal ODs at open-air drug markets where shootings were common, state Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck said. The indictment returned Wednesday in Trenton names 15 defendants, including reputed ringleader Marvin Goodman, 30, who was wounded in a drive-by shooting last summer, and his second-in-command, Terike Gass, 41, Bruck said. Goodman and Gass are charged with first-degree promoting organized street crime. They and the others are charged with conspiring to sell narcotics, among other drug-related counts. Rival gangs often targeted the 42-50 set, whose name is taken from the address of an Auburn Street building at the corner of Godwin Avenue where they operated, the attorney general said. Gunfire between rival gangs was escalating last fall when city and state detectives...
    They sentenced the gang member to 20 years in prison. Photo: Oscar Rivera / Archive / . An alleged member of the MS-13 gang, Antonio Cullal, He was sentenced on Tuesday to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison to life in prison for his role in a murder that occurred in 2017. Cullal, 26, had pleaded guilty on June 15 to murder and conspiracy in the second degree for the murder with a machete – something common in this gang – committed against Julio César Espantzay Gonzáles, according to a statement from the Nassau County Prosecutor’s Office, on Long Island (New York). Espantzay Gonzáles was reported missing on January 31, 2017 and on March 23 of that year his body was found by a person walking his dog in Massapequa Park (Long Island). According to the prosecution, the victim was taken to the place under deception, with the promise of sex and drugs. Once there, Cullal and three others attacked Espantzay, killing him with machetes because they considered him an enemy of...
    Share this: A 20-count superseding indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Oluwagbenga Agoro, Lorenzo Bailey, Quincy Battice, Davon Brown, Hans Destine, Jean Fremont, Ricardo Hepburn, McKoy Lima, Triston Lawrence, Deryck Thompson and Michael Williams with violent crimes in-aid-of racketeering — including attempted murder and related firearms offenses. As alleged in the indictment, the defendants are members and associates of the Folk Nation Gangster Disciples, also known as “GD.” Bailey, Destine, Fremont, and Thompson are leaders of the No Love City (“NLC”) subset of GD, with Destine and Fremont serving on NLC’s five-member “Steering Committee” — its top leadership.
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Armed with search warrants, San Jose police arrested three alleged gang members responsible for a spree of violent crimes and recovered weapons, narcotics and stolen property — including a stolen bulldog and its puppy. The dogs — with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000 each — have happily been reunited with their owner. “These dogs were treated as members of the family, not just property,” said Lieutenant Sanchez of the Robbery Unit. “The fact that these criminals thought they could profit from a cherished pet speaks to their indifference to the victims and the criminal justice system.” The revelation came on Tuesday — a day after three alleged members of a violent San Jose street gang. Police said 22-year-old Omar Tabora, 19-year-old Christopher Rosales and 23-year-old Nelson Vargas have been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. “As an organized group of gang members, inflicting and doing a lot of harm in our city, we were very happy to get these three off the streets,” said Sgt. Christian Camarillo,” San Jose Police Department spokesperson....
    A woman who testified against a Brooklyn gang for shooting her and terrorizing her public housing apartment complex was killed by them after being branded a 'snitch,' a court heard.  Shatavia Walls, 33, was gunned by two men near a walking path at the Pink Houses in East New York on July 7, 2020, according to authorities. She died of her wounds at Brookdale Hospital on July 17.  In a grand jury indictment unsealed at a Brooklyn federal court on Monday, prosecutors allege that Walls' murder was carefully planned and carried out by members of the Ninedee Gang. She was shot by a Ninedee member in 2017, and appeared as a federal witness in a subsequent 2019 court case into that shooting. Walls was bullied and intimidated at the New York Housing Association block where she lived, with posters plastered over its walls condemning her for standing up for herself. Matters came to a head on July 4 2020, when Walls clashed with the gang again for setting off fireworks at the housing complex.     Shatavia Walls, 33, confronted local Ninedee...
    Share this: On Monday, a nine-count indictment was unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court charging four members of the Ninedee Gang, a violent street gang based at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, with racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, drug trafficking, firearms offenses and robbery.  The charges were announced against defendants Quintin Green, Chayanne Fernandez, Maliek Miller and Kevin Wint. Green and Wint were arrested Monday morning and were arraigned Monday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. Fernandez and Miller were already in federal custody as a result of prior charges and will be arraigned at a later date.  Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Jacqueline Maguire, acting assistant director-in-charge, FBI, New York Field Office; and Dermot F. Shea, commissioner, NYPD, announced the arrests and charges. 
    More On: east new york Man killed, multiple people injured in East New York shootings Two men killed, two others hurt in overnight NYC shootings Cop block: NYPD cracks down on prostitution market after Post exposé Can’t be rained in: Brooklyn sex market carries on despite storm, NYPD presence A woman who testified against a Brooklyn gang that terrorized the NYCHA complex where she lived was hunted down and killed after being branded a “snitch,” federal prosecutors said Monday in revealing chilling details of her execution-style murder. The victim, 33-year-old Shatavia Walls, was gunned down by two men near a walking path at the Pink Houses in East New York on July 7, 2020, authorities said. She died 10 days later at Brookdale Hospital. Her murder, federal prosecutors allege, was carefully planned and carried out by members of the Ninedee Gang, one of whom called her a “snitch” on July 4 of that year while they argued about setting off fireworks at the housing complex. In 2019, Walls had testified in a Brooklyn federal court case that...
    Fourteen alleged members of the "300 Bloodhound Brims" street gang in Westchester have been arrested and charged for their roles in a violent assault of a man that caused potentially life-threatening injuries to a 33-year-old man. Late on Thursday, June 17, officers responded to North Broadway following a gang assault where a man was hit in the head with a bottle and stomped on by a group of people that included known gang members, Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said. Original story - Multiple Arrests Made After Gang Assault In Westchester Witnessed By Dozens According to police, 11 adults and three teen offenders have been arrested and indicted on multiple charges for the attack, which left their victim with bleeding on the brain, several broken and missing teeth, and abrasions to his face, back, and arms. On June 17, police said that there was a large gathering of people near the intersection of North Broadway and Ashburton Avenue in Yonkers to memorialize a member of the community member who had died. At approximately 9 p.m. that night, police said...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Three alleged members of a violent San Jose street gang have been arrested in a wake of a series of crimes stemming back to February including carjackings, shootings, stealing vehicles and burglaries. San Jose police said 22-year-old Omar Tabora, 19-year-old Christopher Rosales and 23-year-old Nelson Vargas have been booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment On The Horizon? On August 3rd, in a coordinated operation, numerous search warrants and arrest warrants were executed throughout San José with the goal of locating and arresting the three suspects. READ MORE: Dixie Fire Update: Flames Advancing Toward Janesville; Search For Missing Greenville Residents; Blaze Grows To Near 500,000 Acres During the operation, officers located illegally possessed firearms, equipment used to manufacture and assemble firearms (often referred to as ghost guns), illegal high-capacity magazines, a ballistic vest, narcotics and stolen property. Anyone with additional information may contact the San José Police Department’s Robbery Unit Detectives Reyes #4429 or Santisteven #4376 at 408-277-4166. MORE NEWS: One Injured In Fiery...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says illegal immigration totals suggest MS-13 Gang members are increasingly successfully crossing into the United States via the southern border as a result of President Joe Biden’s policies. In a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Grassley said that while illegal immigration has skyrocketed under Biden’s administration, the total number of known MS-13 Gang members apprehended trying to illegally cross into the U.S. has decreased significantly. This, Grassley wrote, suggests more and more MS-13 Gang members are successfully crossing into the U.S. — sneaking past federal immigration officials in the process. “Consequently, MS-13 may actually be an even bigger threat now than ever before, given CBP’s apparent failure or inability to accurately identify and apprehend MS-13 members amid the record-high numbers of people entering the US through the southern border right now,” Grassley wrote: In the past four years, 2017-2020, Customs and Border Protection apprehended an average of 294 MS-13 gang-members a year. In those same years, 2017-2020, Customs and Border Protection found or arrested over 3 million illegal aliens, averaging about 750,000 people a...
    Border agents in Texas arrested two MS-13 gang members and a convicted child sex offender trying to sneak into the US amidst a 221 percent spike in arrests of criminal migrants.  The two MS-13 gang members are Honduran and Guatemalan nationals, and the sex offender is a Salvadoran national. All three were arrested in the city of McAllen at the southern tip of Texas in 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday.  The CBP didn't release the names of the MS-13 gangsters, but the sex offender was identified as Cristian Flamenco, who was convicted in Los Angeles for sexually assaulting a child under the age of 14 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.   Law enforcement also discovered the Guatemalan national had a prior conviction in Miami for making false statements in a passport application and he was sentenced to eight months in prison.   The arrests are a few of the latest cases in a 221 percent increase in arrests of illegal migrants with criminal records over the last year.  So far in fiscal year 2021, there have been 7,830 arrests of illegal migrants...
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas have apprehended two MS-13 gang members and a migrant convicted of a sex crime against a child -- the latest instance of criminals arrested at the border amid fears of criminals getting into the U.S. by exploiting the border crisis. Agents in McAllen apprehended a Honduran migrant on Wednesday who was discovered to have affiliations with MS-13, and then hours later apprehended a migrant from Guatemala who was determined to be an MS-13 gang member from a criminal records check, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a release. GRASSLEY QUIZZES DOJ ON MS-13 TASK FORCE AMID FEARS OF GANG MEMBERS SNEAKING ACROSS BORDER According to CBP, he was also discovered to have a prior arrest in Miami, Florida, for false statements when applying for a passport and was sentenced to eight months in jail. On Thursday, McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national who had a prior arrest in L.A. for forcible oral copulation with a minor under the age of 14, for which he had been convicted and...
    Illegal aliens are among a group of nine MS-13 Gang members who were indicted for racketeering and violent criminal conspiracy including murder, kidnapping, assault, and robbery in Tennessee. Late last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of nine MS-13 Gang members including 31-year-old Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 35-year-old Jason Sandoval, 29-year-old Jorge Flores, 28-year-old Kevin Tidwell, 22-year-old Jose Pineda-Caceres, 22-year-old Franklin Hernandez, 24-year-old Luis Colindres, 34-year-old Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, and Juan Melendez. Three of the MS-13 Gang members are illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras. Serrano-Ramirez, Hernandez, and Colindres are illegal aliens who are currently in U.S. Marshal Service custody, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency confirmed to Breitbart News. ICE agents first lodged a detainer in August 2017 on Serrano-Ramirez — who was ordered deported in June 2006 — after he was arrested on multiple felony charges including physical force to tamper with a witness, being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, illegally re-entering the U.S. after previously being deported, multiple counts of cocaine distribution, and multiple counts of other firearms violations. Serrano-Ramirez was convicted...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has written to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting answers about an MS-13 task force that he fears has been either scaled down or abolished entirely amid continued fears that members of the brutal gang are using the crisis at the southern border to sneak into the U.S. The Trump-era Justice Department (DOJ) created Joint Task Force Vulcan (JTFV) in 2019 to coordinate the government approach to dismantling gangs such as MS-13 and served up a number of indictments across the country. Grassley, writing to Garland this week, found that the last press release for the task force was from just days before President Biden was inaugurated – and there hasn't been any information since. BORDER PATROL NABS GANG MEMBERS, INCLUDING MS-13, ATTEMPTING TO ENTER US AS PART OF MIGRANT WAVE "As a result, the public and Congress are unsure what strategy or plan, if any, DOJ is employing to combat MS-13," he wrote in a letter Tuesday. MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, was set up in Los Angeles by Central American immigrants and has expanded across...
    QUEENS, New York City -- More than two dozen reputed gang members have been charged in a 141 count indictment in Queens, including two who were allegedly responsible for the stray bullet death of a 53-year-old school teacher walking his dog.George Rosa was walking near the Queensbridge Houses when he was shot after two alleged gang members from the Ravenswood Houses fired at and missed a rival on July 25, 2020. He died just over a month later.Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig on Thursday announced the arrests of 28 alleged members of warring gang factions within the Queensbridge and Ravenswood public housing developments, who are variously charged with murder, attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes.They are all charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of illegal firearms.RELATED | Queens group seeks to stop gun violence through human connectionsEMBED More News Videos They offer workshops for young people, teaching them about health and wellness, leadership, mindfulness, financial literacy and employment. "Gang warfare will not become the norm...
    In an 'unprecedented' move, five alleged Aryan Brotherhood members will not have to appear at certain court hearings in person as prosecutors fear they are too dangerous. In a stipulation filed on Tuesday, Ronald Yandell, Danny Troxell, Pat Brady, Jason Corbett and William Sylvester all agreed to appear by video to all hearings where their appearance wouldn't be required or valuable to the defense.  Prosecutors feared the men would escape as they said the men were found making ropes and fishing lines and asking about details about their transportation to court.  The men are among two dozen alleged Aryan Brotherhood members and associates charged in connection to five prison murders, four murder plots and a large-scale drug trafficking ring within the California state prisons.  U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller agreed that the decision was 'unprecedented,' and defense attorney's argued that the move infringes upon their clients' right to face criminal charges in person.  Accused: Daniel Troxell, left, and Ronald Yandell, right, are among 16 leaders and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood gang who are awaiting trial in California  ...
    Four alleged members of MS-13 have been charged with several counts of murder, kidnapping and burglary, in addition to drug trafficking in relation to a large-scale racketeering conspiracy, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The indictment, which is reportedly a superseding indictment, named four alleged members of transnational gang MS-13 who allegedly participated in a string of ten murders in the span of a year from March 2017 to March 2018, the DOJ announced Thursday. Members who were named in the indictment were charged with several counts, including Racketeering (RICO) conspiracy, as well as kidnapping and murder in aid of racketeering in addition to firearms charges, the DOJ stated. DOJ: “Four alleged members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) have been charged in a federal superseding indictment with a racketeering conspiracy involving multiple murders, kidnappings and burglaries, as well as drug trafficking.” pic.twitter.com/zOCSkVLOnb — Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 4, 2021 The four members were reportedly part of the Parkview clique, a subset of MS-13, that operated in Las Vegas, Nevada, the DOJ said in their statement. Five of the ten...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Four accused members of the violent El Salvador-based MS-13 gang have been indicted in Las Vegas on racketeering conspiracy charges in a series of murders and abductions in 2017 and 2018, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou issued a statement crediting the filing of multiple charges against Luis Reynaldo Reyes-Castillo, David Arturo Perez-Manchame, Joel Vargas-Escobar and Alexander De Jesus Figueroa-Torres with “significantly undermining” the ability of the gang to engage in violence in Las Vegas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite called the violence alleged in the case “truly shocking.” The statement attributed 10 murders and one non-fatal shooting between March 2017 and March 2018 to the defendants, and said five slain victims were also kidnapped. Victims were identified by initials in the Justice Department statement, The details and locations of the alleged crimes were not provided. Charging documents were not immediately available in the court record filing system. A spokeswoman for Chiou, Trisha Young, said the indictment was filed Wednesday to update a previous murder-racketeering and weapons case filed in April 2019 against the...
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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eight alleged New York City gang members are now facing charges. They’re accused of taking part in shootings, and what investigators describe as sophisticated financial crimes. Among their victims were Uber and Lyft drivers, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported. Aaron Heredia, 21, was escorted into a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday to answer multiple charges in what prosecutors say was a wave of gang-related financial and violent crimes. READ MORE: NYPD: 7 Gang Members Arrested In Bronx Car Dealership That Left Dad Injured As He Shielded His 3 Children The defendants are Heredia, Akeyle Baker, Daijon Crawford, Zykeith Fearon, Tahari Pritchard, Kelechi Ogidi, Delroy Salmon and Dorien Alexander. They were described as members of the 20-30 Crew or 30 Block, connected to crimes, including an infamous shootout. On Sept. 21, 2020, bullets were exchanged by members of rival gangs inside a Bronx car dealership. Three of the bullets struck a father who was not an intended target. He shielded his children with his body. READ MORE: Man Wounded In Bronx Car Dealership Shooting Relieved His Young Sons Were Not Injured: ‘I...
    More On: robberies Shocking video shows robbery, shooting of a man on NYC sidewalk Man busted for lurid attack on 11-year-old girl in Queens alley Elderly woman robbed of necklace at gunpoint in Brooklyn: cops Woman fends off knife-wielding robber in NYC Four gang members have been busted in a ride-share scheme that targeted more than 50 drivers and netted over $6,500, authorities said. Their indictment was unsealed as part of a 30 Block Crew takedown linking the gang members to a Bronx car-dealership shooting, pandemic unemployment scam and a dozen illegal guns. Daijon Crawford, 21, Aaron Heredia, 21, Zykeith Fearon, 21, and Kelechi Ogidi, 21, were indicted in Manhattan Supreme Court after allegedly arranging an “extensive high-tech scheme” in which the riders robbed their Uber or Lyft drivers starting in May 2020, according to District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. The crew would book rides with destinations right next to their pick-up spots, according to the Manhattan DA. When the driver pointed out the issue, one of the men would then ask the driver if they...
    BRONX, New York (WABC) -- Eight reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 39-year-old innocent bystander who struck in the right thigh while attempting to shield his three children from a shooting at a Bronx car dealership last year, as well as in other crimes.Authorities say the same suspects are responsible for a shooting that injured a woman walking on the street, stealing from 10 rideshare drivers, the theft of $300,000 in pandemic relief funds, and several gun crimes.Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the arrests of alleged members of the "20-30" crew, AKA "30 Block" on a 155-count indictment that includes conspiracy to commit murder.In Manhattan, five of those defendants are charged in a complaint with sophisticated thievery that targeted Uber and Lyft drivers as well as state unemployment funds, netting them hundreds of thousands of dollars."These alleged gang members are charged with the two gang activities that plague our communities, financial crimes and wanton gun violence," Clark said. "Manhattan DA Vance's...
    MARTINEZ — A lawsuit purportedly filed by two accused gang members was written up and sent to a federal courthouse without their consent, raising questions about its true origination and purpose. The suit, ostensibly filed by two members of a Sureño subset in Concord, accused federal and state officials of violating a penal code on gangs, and says that the men accused of dealing drugs in Contra Costa County were really just “private salesmen” without proven gang ties. The suit lists as plaintiffs dozens of alleged Sureño and Norteño members brought up on charges over the past five years. But defense attorney Roberta Brooks — who represents one of the purported plaintiffs named Luis Cruz — said in an interview her client never filed the suit and was baffled to learn of it. Among other discrepancies, Brooks noted that the suit lists the Martinez Detention Facility as Cruz’s return address, though he’s actually incarcerated at the Richmond jail. Likewise, the suit was sent on an envelope without Cruz’s inmate number in the return address, which is typically a requirement for...
    More On: shootings Innocent bystanders hurt in shooting outside Washington Heights bodega New Jersey man charged in slaying of transgender woman Shocking video shows robbery, shooting of a man on NYC sidewalk Groom allegedly shoots friend after wedding because he suspected affair with wife Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Monday blamed illegal immigrants for the gang-related mass shooting that wounded 10 people in Queens this past weekend. “Gun violence is directly attributed to alien gang members whose country of origin, some of them may be fleeing to,” Sliwa said during a news conference near the scene of the bloodshed. Sliwa also pledged to work with US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to crack down on gang members, and accused Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams, the Democrat-controlled City Council and outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio of having “demonized ICE.” “We have to have a corporate relationship with ICE, customs and law enforcement, which has the best alien database of all,” he said. Surveillance video released by the NYPD shows a pair of masked shooters wearing hoodies opening fire around 10:30...
    Members of the Trinitarios were the target of the gang members who caused a shooting in Corona, Queens, the New York Police Department reported. However, only three of the injured belong to that criminal group, while seven more were bystanders. “This is a brazen and coordinated attack, for lack of a better expression.”said the deputy chief and commander of the NYPD of New York in the North zone of the county of Queens, Galen Frierson. At the joint press conference, the police chief, Juanita Holmes, He said the suspects knew the area, which is why they covered their faces, as shown in a video released by the NYPD. Los Trinitarios are a well-known Dominican gang that operates in several counties in the Big Apple, including The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Police publican video shows two men in black hooded sweatshirts turning the corner on a sidewalk before drawing weapons, extending their arms and shooting at the group in front of a laundry. Behind the subjects, two more are seen riding scooters. ????WANTED for ASSAULT: On 7/31/21 at approx. 10:41...
    US coronavirus: Expert hopes the rise in Covid-19 vaccinations means the US is waking up to the dangers of the Delta variant Pro-Biden groups to spend $100 million on August ad blitz NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for four men following a mass shooting in Corona, Queens late Saturday night. A total of 10 people were shot, including seven innocent bystanders, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. Surveillance video shared exclusively with CBS2 shows a group of men sitting on a stoop on 37th Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. Suddenly, gunshots ring out as two armed, hooded and masked men run towards them, blasting bullets. The group members are seen running for their lives. Watch the Surveillance Video  “This was, as I can most accurately describe it, is a brazen, coordinated attack, for a lack of a better word,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. “Ten people were shot. Three of which are known Trinitarios gang members. We believe there were seven unintended targets.” 10 people have been shot after a mass shooting in Corona Queens last night....
    A MASS shooting has left 10 people injured in a "brazen targeted attack" in New York City which saw the perpetrators flee on mopeds. Two men strode up to a crowd outside a barbershop in Queens and opened fire sending eight men and two women to hospital, police said on Sunday. 5A mass shooting in NYC has left 10 people shot in a 'brazen targeted' attackCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers 5Two men strode up to a crowd outside a barbershop in Queens and opened fireCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers Shocking footage from the scene shows as the two men - in masks and hooded sweatshirts - brandish their guns, firing a number of times. They are closely followed by two more suspects on mopeds who drive along the sidewalk before taking the gunmen away from the scene. The shooting took place just before 11pm on Saturday. The victims, who range in age from 19 to 72, were all hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said the most seriously injured...
    Two masked and hooded men walked up to a crowd near a laundromat and barbershop in the New York City borough of Queens and opened fire, wounding 10 people, including three known gang members, before escaping on mopeds, police said Sunday morning. The shooting unfolded in the Queen’s neighborhood of Corona just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Police said 40 shell casings have so far been recovered from the scene near 99th Street and 37th Avenue. NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING ON BOURBON STREET LEAVES 5 WOUNDED; VIDEO SHOWS CROWD FLEEING GUNFIRE "This was a brazen, coordinated attack, for lack of a better word," NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said during a news conference. "This is unacceptable, and it has to stop." NYPD officials released surveillance video of the two unknown males approaching the group on foot. Both men brandished firearms and began firing at people standing in front of the barbershop. Two other unknown males on mopeds followed behind the shooters and picked them both up before fleeing. Police said that bystanders were walking along the sidewalk and that a party...
                        Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has announced that his office’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has indicted eight individuals for 54 gang and human trafficking charges. A Dougherty County Grand Jury returned the indictment this week. This, according to a press release that Carr published this week. “An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has revealed evidence supporting that, among other things, a victim was physically and sexually assaulted, drugged, held against their will and placed into sexual servitude by these known gang members in order to generate money for their gang,” the press release said. The defendants, individually and together, are alleged to have engaged in repeated criminal activity in the following ways: • Utilizing methods of control over a trafficking victim by engaging in forcible sex acts against a minor in order to establish psychological dominance and instill fear • Photographing and posting a minor for sexual servitude online • Transporting a minor for the purposes of sexual servitude • Renting hotel rooms...
    A federal grand jury has indicted nine MS-13 gang members on a 60-count indictment with charges including murder, kidnapping and assault -- after a federal investigation led to their arrests, government officials announced this week. Officials said that the MS-13 sub-unit, the Thompson Place Los Salvatrucha clique, operated in Nashville, Tenn., since at least 2014, using murder and other crimes to protect its power and generate income. Funds generated give support to gang leaders and members, including those in jail in the U.S. and El Salvador. TEXAS BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST MS-13 GANG MEMBER MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, was set up in Los Angeles by Central American immigrants and has expanded across the continent -- particularly in Northern Triangle countries like El Salvador and Guatemala. It is known for its particularly horrific and gruesome crimes, and its motto is said to be "mata, viola, controla" -- which means "kill, rape, control."  Charges in the indictment include seven murders, a number of kidnappings, assaults, robberies and large-scale drug distribution, according to statements by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the...
    Seven men have been arrested over the shooting of a New York City father who was struck by a stray bullet as he tried to shield his children from gunfire at a car dealership.  Anthony Jefferson, 39, was shot in the thigh as he sat waiting at the Road Automotive Group car dealership in the Bronx on September 21, 2020.  Surveillance video captured at the time of the shooting showed gunfire shatter the glass of the dealership's window as  Jefferson jumped in front of his three young sons in order to protect them.  Jefferson was left unable to walk following the attack, and was subsequently let go from his two jobs.  On Wednesday - almost a year after the shooting - the NYPD revealed they had arrested seven people over the incident, which they claim was 'gang related'.   The suspects have been named as  Tahari Pritchard, 20, Dorien Alexander, 20, Daijon Crawford, 21, Aaron Heredia, 21, Zykeith Fearon, 21, and Akeyle Baker, 22, who have all been arrested for attempted murder.  According to The New York Post, known gang member...
    Federal and local law enforcement agencies teamed up to capture 11 members of the "Money Making Legends" (MML) gang following an investigation into shootings and other violent acts in Delaware County, authorities said. 11 people were arrested and charged Thursday with various crimes in Folcroft, Sharon Hill, Collingdale, and Darby Borough, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Folcroft, Sharon Hill, and Darby Police Departments, along with officers from the FBI, US Marshals, New Jersey State Police, SEPTA SWAT, Delco ERT Region 1, Haverford SWAT, General Delco SWAT, Delco Emergency Services, Darby Township, Clifton Heights, Glenolden, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Aldan, Upper Darby, Aston, and Upper Chichester Police Departments executed search warrants at multiple addresses early Thursday morning. Investigators recovered guns, including an AR-15 rifle, and a large quantity of ammunition, the DA's office said. The charges against the individuals arrested include aggravated assault with intent to commit serious bodily injury, aggravated assault with intent to commit bodily injury, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, possession of a firearm without a license, criminal use of a communication facility, simple...
    The New York Police Department (NYPD) has arrested six gang members allegedly involved in a shooting at a Bronx car dealership last year that injured a man who was trying to shield his three children.  Police arrested five additional individuals on Wednesday in connection to the shooting: Daijon Crawford, 21; Tahari Pritchard, 20; Dorien Alexander, 20; Aaron Heredia, 21, and Akeyle Baker, 22. Police then arrested Zykeith Fearon, 21, on Thursday. All six of the suspects have been charged with attempted murder.   Video footage shows the chaos that erupted at a used car dealership on Sept. 21, 2020.  Police posted the footage to the NYPD News Twitter account last year, citing three suspects who fired multiple shots at a man who returned fire. During the exchange, a 39-year-old male bystander was seen covering his three children with his body.  TWO MEN BREAK INTO HOME OF ARMED RESIDENT, SHOOTOUT LEAVES SUSPECT IN CRITICAL CONDITION The bystander was struck in his thigh by a stray bullet. He was taken to Jacobi Hospital at the time in stable condition, and his children...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD has made multiple arrests in a shooting that injured a father as he shielded his three children. A total of seven people now face charges. The NYPD says they are all gang members. READ MORE: New York Weather: 7/30 Friday Morning Weather Headlines The shooting happened last September at a car dealership in Eastchester. ????WANTED for ASSAULT: On 9/21/20 at approx 7:20 PM, inside of 4077 Boston Rd in the Bronx, 3 suspects fired multiple shots at a male who then returned fire, striking a male bystander who was attempting to shield his 3 kids. Any info, call or DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/0CMcWsXt1m READ MORE: De Blasio: New Mask Guidance In NYC May Come Monday As More Places Require Vaccinations Or Weekly Testing — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 22, 2020 Surveillance video shows the father throwing himself on top of his children. MORE NEWS: Multiple Tornado Warnings Issued As Severe Weather Impacts Tri-State Area A bullet struck him in the thigh. He survived.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A long-running investigation into an Ohio branch of the violent El Salvador-based MS-13 gang, including the solving of eight homicides, neared conclusion Thursday with the sentencing of the last defendant in custody, central Ohio’s top federal prosecutor announced. Over the years, racketeering conspiracy charges against gang members have included murder, attempted murder, assault, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Among the victims were Wilson Villeda, a 17-year-old Columbus area high school student whose body was mutilated beyond recognition by machete-wielding assailants, and Genesis Lizbeth Cornejo-Alvarado, a 15-year-old girl shot to death in Texas for dating a rival gang member. The prosecution of 23 members of the Columbus “clique” of MS-13 was the first federal case against the gang in the Midwest, said Vipal Patel, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Of those, 22 — including a 33-year-old gang member sentenced Thursday to more than three decades in prison — have been convicted. The last of the group is a fugitive in El Salvador. “They brought terror to this community using machetes; we removed them...
    Nine members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee, for seven murders and five attempted murders, as well as numerous robberies, kidnappings and assaults, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. The 60 counts are for drug distribution, racketeering and violent crime conspiracy, which span more than seven years for the members of a “clique” operating in Nashville, called the Thompson Place Locos Salvatrucha, according to the press release. The statutory penalties for the charged offenses in the clique’s indictment range from a maximum of 10 years to life imprisonment. MS-13 is a transnational gang that consists mostly of individuals of Salvadoran or Central American descent, according to court documents and statements made in court. Branches of MS-13, that are called cliques operate throughout the U.S. The press release said the purpose of the MS-13 enterprise is to preserve and protect “the power, territory, reputation and profits of the enterprise through the use of intimidation and violence,” which includes murder, robbery, drug trafficking and other criminal activities. Nine MS-13 Gang...
      Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the office’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has indicted eight individuals for 54 gang and human trafficking charges. A Dougherty County Grand Jury returned the indictment on July 28, 2021. “Gangs are behind the crime wave that is affecting Georgia communities, and members are willing to commit horrific acts to help fuel their illegal activities,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute gang members for their crimes, and we look forward to presenting this case – which contends there is a nexus between gangs and human trafficking – in court.” “Conducting human trafficking and criminal street gang investigations are top priorities for the GBI,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds. “We are committed to investigating crimes that affect the safety of our communities. No human should be subjected to sexual servitude or labor trafficking. We will continue to work with Attorney General Carr’s office as they prosecute these horrendous crimes.” An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation...
    Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the office’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has indicted eight individuals for 54 gang and human trafficking charges. A Dougherty County Grand Jury returned the indictment on July 28, 2021. “Gangs are behind the crime wave that is affecting Georgia communities, and members are willing to commit horrific acts to help fuel their illegal activities,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute gang members for their crimes, and we look forward to presenting this case – which contends there is a nexus between gangs and human trafficking – in court.” “Conducting human trafficking and criminal street gang investigations are top priorities for the GBI,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds. “We are committed to investigating crimes that affect the safety of our communities. No human should be subjected to sexual servitude or labor trafficking. We will continue to work with Attorney General Carr’s office as they prosecute these horrendous crimes.” An investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and...
                        Nine suspected members of the Mara Salvatrucha (or MS-13) Salavadoran criminal gang received a 60-count indictment from a federal grand jury in Nashville, TN, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.  The alleged gangsters face charges of seven murders and other racketeering-related offenses, including kidnappings, thefts, assaults and drug purveyance. The charges carry potential sentences of life imprisonment for all defendants. They are said to have acted as part of a Nashville-based MS-13 sub-unit, the Thompson Place Los Salvatrucha ring, since at least 2014. “MS-13 is one of the most violent, ruthless and cold-blooded gangs to ever walk the face of the earth,” U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart told reporters at the announcement. Prosecutors have identified drug trafficking, robbery and extortion as primary sources of income for MS-13 members. The attorneys said that the gang’s leaders strictly enforce their orders that members not cooperate with law enforcement and that the leaders celebrate members’ executions of police informants. Those reportedly believed to have been killed by members of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Jorge Guerra-Castillo, 40, of Silver Spring, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activities, including two murders and two attempted murders, according to a statement from the Maryland District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He could face between 32.5 and 45 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Oct. 15. READ MORE: Maryland Partnership Launches Nesting Platform Initiative For Endangered Waterbirds Guerra-Castillo was a member of the Fulton Locos Salvatruchas clique in MS-13 who approved and arranged for gang members to kill a man on April 7, 2015 by luring him to a wooded area in Frederick, where they struck him with a machete until he died, according to the statement. The MS-13 members buried the victim’s body in that area. READ MORE: Man Dies After Fire In Northeast Baltimore Before May 10, 2015, Guerra-Castillo forced the second victim to make regular extortion payments to the gang. He then directed gang menbers to kidnap and kill the man on May 10 when he stopped making the payments, according to the statement. Gang members forced...
    Fourteen drug dealers who defended their turf against rivals by heavily arming themselves with guns and large-capacity magazines were charged in a major sweep, state and local authorities announced Thursday. Five handguns were seized, including a “community gun” shared by members of the “400 Block” set of the Trinitarios, who they said dominated the heroin, cocaine and opioid pill trade in the center of the city. So were nearly 800 rounds of ammunition and six large-capacity magazines, authorities said. New Jersey’s new chief law enforcer, Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck, came to Paterson on Thursday to announce the results of “Operation Park and Pennington,” which he said comes amid an escalating drug war in the Silk City. One of those charged, 26-year-old “street boss” Joseph Landrau, was shot four times a month ago, apparently by rivals, Bruck said. Two other defendants -- Jussy Geraldino, 23, and Kreemlin Alcantara, 22 -- escaped injury when they were fired upon on May 24, he added. Detectives listened through a tapped phone as Landrau spoke with the set leader, Eric Polanco, 27, after...
    EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is requesting more information on how many, and what kind of, criminal illegal immigrants are coming through the southern border amid the massive amounts of migrants being encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).In a letter to acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller, Johnson is requesting data "on apprehensions of criminals, including confirmed gang members, at the southern border." MIGRANT ARRESTS AT SOUTHERN BORDER ROSE YET AGAIN IN JUNE TO 188,000, TOPPING 1M THIS FISCAL YEAR So far in FY 2021, there have been 7,830 "criminal noncitizens" arrested at the border, which already dwarfs the 2,438 criminals apprehended in FY2020 and is higher than the 4,269 encountered in FY2019. That increase comes amid a migrant surge that saw more than 188,000 migrant encounters in June, and more than a million in FY2021 so far. 7-19 Johnson Letter to CBP by Fox News on Scribd  Johnson, in his letter, outlined some of the increases in criminals with certain criminal convictions. "From October 2020 to June 2021, apprehensions of individuals convicted of murder or homicide are up more than 10 times...
    A 40-year-old Silver Spring man who federal prosecutors call an MS-13 gang leader, pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from a pair of gruesome machete murders in Maryland. Jorge Guerra-Castillo, who is also known as “Pelon,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activities, acknowledging that he “orchestrated the murder of two victims and the attempted murder of two others,” according to prosecutors. “The reign of terror, acts of violence and horrific murders that Guerra-Castillo and his fellow MS-13 members have committed will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Jonathan Lenzner, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland. Under the plea deal, prosecutors said Guerra-Castillo, a member of the Fulton Locos Salvatruchas clique of MS-13, “agreed with other MS-13 members to conduct and participate in gang activities through a pattern of racketeering activity that included conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, and drug distribution,” a new release said. He will face between 32 and 45 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 15. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland and...
    Nine alleged members of Brazil's most violent gang were filmed fleeing from a police station after digging a tunnel out of their cell.   The brazen escape took place approximately 3am Sunday when the inmates believed to be part of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang managed to break free from the police precinct in Campina da Lagoa. The suspects reportedly had dug hole inside one of the cells and then excavated a tunnel which led them to the station's courtyard area. Surveillance video showed the detainees jumping off the top of a wall before they ran down a road.  Still image from a surveillance at a police station in Campina da Lagoa, Brazil, shows three of the nine detainees during Sunday shocking escape. So far, only one of the inmates, identified as Robson Bueno has been captured The police station escape plot involving nine prisoners included breaking apart the jail cell's floor. The detainees were able to move through a tunnel that led them to the precinct's courtyard, where they climbed over a wall. Only one of the...
    A GUN-SLINGING gang princess dubbed 'Hello Kitty' has been killed during a shootout with cops alongside her drug kingpin dad. Rayane Nazareth Cardozo da Silveira, 20, was shot in the head on July 16 by police in a bloody battle and died beside her gangster father. 4Rayane Nazareth Cardozo da Silveira, 20, was shot dead by cops in Rio de JaneiroCredit: Newsflash 4She is believed to have been second-in-command of her father's drug gang Cops took out the father-daughter duo on Friday morning as the drug gang reportedly held a family hostage. Regarded as one of Rio de Janeiro's most wanted criminals, Cardozo da Silveira was being sought in connection with a string of armed robberies and homicides in the Brazilian capital. Despite her innocent nickname, Hello Kitty was considered the second-in-command of a criminal organisation led by her father, Alessandro Luiz Viera Moura. HELLO KITTY KILLED Police were called to the Complexo do Salgueiro in the municipality of Sao Goncalo at around 6am on Friday, amid reports a family were being held against their will. A shootout ensued between...
    Mental health professionals will be sent out to respond to some 911 calls in Chicago instead of cops, following defund the police protests and a number of police killings of mentally-unwell people.  The city is launching a two-part 'alternative response' pilot program this fall that takes a more public health approach to responding to 911 calls for mental health emergencies.    The initiatives aim to both ensure people suffering a mental health crisis get the help they need rather than face criminalization and free police up for tackling crime, amid a mass exodus of cops from the force.   A total of 363 officers retired from the Chicago Police Department between January and June this year, with another 56 on track to quit in July, according to figures from the police pension board. If the trend continues, the mass departure will even dwarf the 560 retirements last year, when swathes of officers quit amid protests over the police murder of George Floyd and demands to defund the police.  With only around 13,000 cops remaining, Fox News reported that Chicago's 117,000 gang members now outnumber...
    More On: chicago Gunmen shoot rapper 64 times as he walks out of jail, killing him Chicago mayor under fire for letting aides take off before bloody July 4th weekend Suspect in shooting of undercover cops claims he thought they were in rival gang Student rips mayor’s ‘blatant lie’ about crime after classmate’s death Gang members in Chicago outnumber law enforcement officers about 9 to 1 — as officers are on track to retire in record numbers this year, police said Wednesday. Police Superintendent David Brown estimated last year that there are about 117,000 gang associates, who are part of the city’s 55 known gangs. The number greatly exceeds the city’s police force, which employs around 13,000 officers. The disparity may be even worse due to the droves of cops retiring this year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Between January and June, there were 363 officers that left the department, according to police pension board figures. “We are on track, I believe, to have one of the highest retirement numbers in the city’s history,” said Ray Lopez, an alderman, or...
    A DEADLY gang war has exploded on the streets of New York City leaving three teenagers dead in just five days - including a 13-year-old boy with links to the Crips. With statistics showing a significant increase in murder nationwide, the bloody rivalry between Bloods, Crips and MS-13 is once again attracting attention from lawmakers - more than 50 years after violence first erupted. 6The Bloods - identified by the red color - were founded in 1972, to provide protection against the Crips.Credit: Getty 6First formed on the streets of LA in 1969 by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams, the Crips are often associated with the color blueCredit: Getty The Bloods and Crips street gangs have been operating in the United States since the late 1960s and early 1970s. First formed on the streets of LA in 1969 by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams, the Crips are often associated with the color blue. In response, the Bloods - identified by the red color - were founded in 1972, to provide protection against the Crips. Since their formation, the...