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NYPD busts over two dozen rival Crown Heights gang members who've allegedly shed blood in turf war 

Over two dozen members of the Lincoln Family and Bergen Family gangs were indicted for murder and conspiracy in a Crown Heights turf war.

More than two dozen alleged gang members were busted for killing a rival and conspiring to murder others in a Crown Heights turf war, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

Between October 2013 and March 2016, 25 alleged members of the Lincoln Family and Bergen Family gangs created chaos in the neighborhood with eight separate daylight shootings that left six people injured — including an innocent 13-year-old girl. One 19-year-old, Jaquay (Queezy) Bennett, was killed.

Bennett, a member of the Bergen Family gang, was murdered Jan. 8, 2015, on St. Marks Ave. as a retribution killing, cops said.

"This indictment underscores the continuing commitment of this office and the NYPD to take back the streets of Brooklyn from mindless gang and gun violence that puts so many people at risk," said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Lincoln Family gang claims the area between Classon Ave. and Prospect Place as well as Bedford Ave. and Eastern Pkway.

Bergen Family gang turf starts at Bergen St. and Kingston Ave. and surrounds Park Place and Rogers Ave., according to cops.

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There's only a one-block buffer between the rival factions, prosecutors said.

The groups use social media to taunt each other — posting pics of themselves invading each other's territory, prosecutors said.

Six members of the Lincoln Family have also been seperately charged with conspiracy to murder a 16-year-old rival.

If convicted, the suspected gang-bangers could face sentences that range from 25 years to life in prison.

The alleged gang members ages range from 16 to 23.

"We will continue to focus on those committing violence so those who live there can do so safely," Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday.

If convicted, the suspected gang-bangers could face sentences that range from 25 years to life in prison.

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25 Alleged Gang Members Charged In Connection With Crown Heights Turf War

Twenty-five teenagers and young adults allegedly connected to gangs in Crown Heights were charged in Brooklyn this week. The Brooklyn District Attorney's office said Wednesday that the rival groups, the Lincoln Family and the Bergen Family (which also goes by 2605 on Facebook), were allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jaquay (Queezy) Bennett outside of his home on St. Mark's Place last January, as well as seven other shootings in the neighborhood since October 2013.

"This murder and several shootings terrorized Crown Heights," said soon-to-be-former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in a statement Wednesday. Under Bratton's tenure, shootings have hit record lows. "Despite this city being down twenty percent in shootings and in many murders this year alone, there are small areas of violence that still exist," he added.

Investigators said this week that both Lincoln and Bergen members "took credit" for various shootings on social media, and posted photos of themselves in rival territory on Facebook, allegedly to taunt each other.

On January 8th of last year, 18-year-old Laquan Battle of the Lincoln Family allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old Bennett, a member of the Bergen Family who went by Queezy, in front of 769 St. Marks Avenue. Police believe the shooting was an act of retaliation for a shooting a few days prior—according to the criminal complaint, Lesean Carson, now 16 years old, shot and injured a Lincoln Family member in front of 797 Franklin Avenue on January 5th.

Bennett gets shout-outs in the 2605 video below, tagged #FOREVERQUEEZY:

Defendants Isaiah Douglas, 18, Federico Jaen, 19, Linwood Jones, 22, Javon Young, 18, Ebony Brown, 21 and Russell Forest, 18, were charged this week with first-degree conspiracy for allegedly conspiring with Carson.

In a separate incident, on June 2nd, 2014, 18-year-old Ivan Fuentes of the Lincoln Family allegedly biked past members of the Bergen Family in front of 1120 Bergen Street and opened fire, striking one person in the groin.

And as recently as March 10th, several Lincoln Family members allegedly shot at rival Bergen Family members at the corner of Franklin Avenue and President Street, as school let out at nearby Clara Barton High School. The NYPD says that one bullet struck a 13-year-old girl who wasn't affiliated with either gang.

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson condemned the "mindless gang and gun violence" in a statement Wednesday. "[It] puts so many people at risk, including in this case an innocent 13-year-old girl," he said.

The Lincoln Family lays claim to blocks bordered by Classon Avenue, Prospect Place, Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway, according to the DA's office. The Bergen Family, separated from their rivals by a one-block buffer, allegedly claims the blocks bordered by Bergen Street, Kingston Avenue, Park Place and Rogers Avenue.

This week's 67-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and weapons possession, among others. Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Sullivan ordered that most of the defendants—all between the ages of 16 and 23—be held without bail ahead of their next court appearance on September 25th.

Three suspects remain at large.

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Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William V. Grady, Dutchess County District Attorney, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Thomas Pape, Chief of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department (“CPPD”), Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), Don Halmy, Chief of the Peekskill Police Department (“PPD”), Thomas Gleason, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety (“WCDPS”), and Anthony J. Annuci, Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (“DOCCS”), announced the unsealing of a 16-Count Indictment charging 18 members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Gang (“Gorilla Stone”) with committing various racketeering, murder, narcotics, firearms, and fraud offenses.  BRANDON SOTO, a/k/a “Stacks,” is charged in connection with the September 21, 2020, murder of a minor in Poughkeepsie.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged in the Indictment, members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Because of that, communities across the Southern District – from Poughkeepsie to Peekskill to New York City – suffered.  Most shocking, as alleged in the indictment, a minor was murdered in furtherance of the gang’s activities.  Because of the extraordinary work of our law enforcement partners, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “As the indictment alleges, the violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk.  Their unabashed criminal behavior, as alleged, included the murder of a 15 year-old and even extended to defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic.  But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization – and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable.’”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said:  “These arrests demonstrate the NYPD’s relentless pursuit of the few individuals who drive violence and disorder in New York City.  I commend the NYPD investigators and the many law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation whose hard work resulted in these arrests.  Murder, robberies, narcotics trafficking, and other associated gang behavior will never be tolerated by the people we serve.”

Peekskill Police Chief Don Halmy said:  “While it’s clear that the alleged actions of these individuals had a negative impact on the quality of life in Peekskill, it’s also obvious that the extent of their alleged criminal enterprise was much further reaching.  Through this joint operation, utilizing Federal, County and local law enforcement agencies, communities both large and small will benefit from the arrest of those allegedly responsible for the distribution of illegal narcotics as well as the commission of violent felonies.  We thank all those involved in bringing this to such a successful conclusion."

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gleason said:  “Today’s arrests put a halt to an alleged criminal enterprise involved in drug trafficking, gang-related violence and other crimes in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.  Our streets are indeed safer thanks to the great work of the Westchester Safe Streets Task Force and all of the partner agencies that contributed to the success of this complex investigation.”

DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annuci said:  “DOCCS has zero tolerance for any criminal activity involving incarcerated individuals in its custody and within our facilities. These arrests highlight the successful investigation that the Department fully assisted with in the pursuit of justice.”

Dutchess County Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew A. Weishaupt said:  “Gorilla Stone Nation, as alleged below, was involved in widespread crimes of violence which erodes the infrastructure and quality of life in our community.  Our office will continue to collaborate with our Federal, State, County and Local partners to eradicate the crime drivers that fuel gang violence.  This effort will enhance the safety and quality of life in our community.  We extend our thanks to the outstanding job of all the law enforcement agencies involved and special thanks to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, and Bureau Chief Sara Thompson of our office.”

City of Poughkeepsie Chief of Police Thomas Pape said:  “I would like to thank our partners at the Federal, State and Local levels of law enforcement for the unwavering assistance and dedication to their sworn duties.  These partnerships are proof that collaborations with agencies at all levels of law enforcement work to bring those responsible for the heinous murder of a 15-year-old on our City streets to justice.”

As alleged in the Indictment unsealed today in White Plains federal court[1]:

DWIGHT REID, a/k/a “Dick Wolf,” CHRISTOPHER ERSKINE, a/k/a “Beagle,” WALTER LUSTER, a/k/a “Shells,” DESHAWN THOMAS, a/k/a “Don,” NAYA AUSTIN, a/k/a “Baby,” BRANDON NIEVES, a/k/a “Untouchable Dot,” AHMED WALKER, a/k/a “Ammo,” CASWELL SENIOR, a/k/a “Casanova,” BRANDON SOTO, a/k/a “Stacks,” DEZON WASHINGTON, a/k/a “Blakk,” ROBERT WOODS, a/k/a “Blakk Rob,” STEPHEN HUGH, a/k/a “Chino,” JORDAN INGRAM, a/k/a “Flow,” SHANAY OUTLAW, a/k/a “Easy,” ISAIAH SANTOS, a/k/a “Zay,” ROBERTA SLIGH, a/k/a “Trouble,” and BRINAE THORNTON, a/k/a “Luxury,” are members of a racketeering conspiracy known as Gorilla Stone. 

On September 21, 2020, BRANDON SOTO, to further the Gorilla Stone enterprise, participated in and facilitated the murder of a minor victim, and aided and abetted the same, in Poughkeepsie, New York.

On July 20, 2020, STEPHEN HUGH shot at rival gang members in New Rochelle.  HUGH shot at rival gang members to maintain and increase his position in the Gorilla Stone racketeering enterprise operating in the Southern District of New York.

On June 12, 2020, NAYA AUSTIN, DEZON WASHINGTON, and JORDAN INGRAM committed a gunpoint robbery of a rival drug dealer in Peekskill, New York.  AUSTIN, WASHINGTON, and INGRAM committed the robbery in order to maintain or increase their position in the Gorilla Stone racketeering enterprise operating in the Southern District of New York.

On August 28, 2018, BRINAE THORNTON shot at a rival gang member in Brooklyn, New York, and aided and abetted the same.  THORNTON shot at the rival gang member to maintain and increase her position in the Gorilla Stone racketeering enterprise operating in the Southern District of New York.

On January 12, 2018, ROBERT WOODS maimed and assaulted an individual with a dangerous weapon, and aided and abetted the same, by slashing the individual in the face.  WOODS slashed the individual in part to maintain and increase his position in the Gorilla Stone racketeering enterprise operating in the Southern District of New York.

In August 2020, NAYA AUSTIN and SHANAY OUTLAW, without lawful authority, knowingly used the identification of others to file fraudulent applications for COVID-19-related unemployment benefits, and aided and abetted the same.   

*                      *                     *

Seventeen of the 18 defendants are in custody.

Charts containing the names, charges, and maximum penalties for the defendants are set forth below.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI’s Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force – which comprises agents and detectives from the FBI, Yonkers Police Department, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, WCDPS, PPD, Putnam County Sheriff, Mount Vernon Police Department, NYPD, Greenburgh Police Department, New Rochelle Police Department, Ramapo Police Department, and U.S. Probation –as well as the outstanding investigative work of the CPPD and DOCCS, Office of Special Investigations.  Ms. Strauss also thanked the FBI’s Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI’s Newark, Albany, and Tampa Divisions, the New York City Department of Correction, Correction Intelligence Bureau, and the New York State Department of Labor for their assistance in the investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division and Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Shiva H. Logarajah, Jacob Warren, and David R. Felton are in charge of the prosecution.           

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

COUNT

DEFENDANT(S)

MAX. TERM OF IMPRISONMENT

Count One: Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering (18 U.S.C. § 1962(d))

DWIGHT REID

CHRISTOPHER ERSKINE

WALTER LUSTER

DESHAWN THOMAS

NAYA AUSTIN

BRANDON NIEVES

AHMED WALKER

CASWELL SENIOR

BRANDON SOTO

DEZON WASHINGTON

ROBERT WOODS

STEPHEN HUGH

JORDAN INGRAM

SHANAY OUTLAW

ISAIAH SANTOS

ROBERTA SLIGH

BRINAE THORNTON

Life in prison as to all defendants except OUTLAW, for whom the maximum term is 20 years in prison

Count Two:  Travel Act Murder

(18 U.S.C. §§ 1952 and 2)

BRANDON SOTO

Life in prison

Count Three: Attempted Murder and Attempted Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(5), (a)(6), and 2)

STEPHEN HUGH

10 years in prison

Count Four:  Possession and Discharge of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i), (ii), (iii) and 2)

STEPHEN HUGH

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed

Count Five: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2)

NAYA AUSTIN

DEZON WASHINGTON

JORDAN INGRAM

20 years in prison

Count Six: Possession and Brandish of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and 2)

NAYA AUSTIN

DEZON WASHINGTON

JORDAN INGRAM

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed

Count Seven: Attempted Murder and Attempted Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Aid of Racketeering (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(5), (a)(6), and 2)

BRINAE THORNTON

10 years in prison

Count Eight: Possession and Discharge of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence (18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i), (ii), (iii) and 2)

BRINAE THORNTON

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed

Count Nine: Maiming and Assault in Aid of Racketeering (18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(2), (a)(3), and 2)

ROBERT WOODS

30 years in prison

Count Ten: Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B) and 18 U.S.C. § 2)

NAYA AUSTIN

40 years in prison; Mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison

Count Eleven: Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B) and 18 U.S.C. § 2)

CHRISTOPHER ERSKINE

NAYA AUSTIN

JORDAN INGRAM

40 years in prison; Mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison

Count Twelve: Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B) and 18 U.S.C. § 2)

BRANDON SOTO

40 years in prison; Mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison

Count Thirteen: Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. § 846)

DWIGHT REID

CHRISTOPHER ERSKINE

WALTER LUSTER

DESHAWN THOMAS

NAYA AUSTIN

BRANDON NIEVES

AHMED WALKER

CASWELL SENIOR

BRANDON SOTO

DEZON WASHINGTON

ROBERT WOODS

STEPHEN HUGH

JORDAN INGRAM

ISAIAH SANTOS

ROBERTA SLIGH

BRINAE THORNTON

JAMAL TRENT

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison

Count Fourteen: Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i) and 2)

DWIGHT REID

CHRISTOPHER ERSKINE

WALTER LUSTER

DESHAWN THOMAS

NAYA AUSTIN

BRANDON NIEVES

AHMED WALKER

CASWELL SENIOR

BRANDON SOTO

DEZON WASHINGTON

ROBERT WOODS

STEPHEN HUGH

JORDAN INGRAM

ROBERTA SLIGH

BRINAE THORNTON

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed

Count Fifteen: Possession and Brandish of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c)(1)(A)(i), (ii), and 2)

ISAIAH SANTOS

Life in prison; Mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed

Count Sixteen: Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028(b) and 2)

NAYA AUSTIN

SHANAY OUTLAW

20 years in prison;

Mandatory minimum of two years in prison 


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

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Dozens indicted in crackdown on warring Brooklyn, Queens gangs

Dozens of alleged gang members were indicted this weekon murder, attempted murder and other connected charges in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN

Twenty-five alleged members of two Brooklyn gangs, the Lincoln Family and the Bergen Family, that authorities said were involved in a turf war were arrested, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said on Wednesday.

The Lincoln Family’s turf is bordered by Classon Avenue, Prospect Place, Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway. The Bergen Family’s turf is bordered by Bergen Street, Kingston Avenue, Park Place and Rogers Avenue. There is a one block buffer between the two. The Brooklyn DA said the Crown Heights gangs used Facebook to plan and take credit for their violence as well as taunt each other.

“This indictment underscores the continuing commitment of this office and the NYPD to take back the streets of Brooklyn from mindless gang and gun violence that puts so many people at risk, including in this case, an innocent 13-year-old girl,” Thompson said.

Most of the defendants were arraigned on Tuesday and are being held without bail. As of Wednesday afternon, three are still at large: Scott Hunter, 19; Elyejah Orr, 19, from Kane Place; and Ebony Brown, 21, of North Elliott Walk.

ROCKAWAY, QUEENS

In connection with the Crown Heights takedown, the Queens district attorney’s office also arrested 18 alleged members of the Far Rockaway street gang known as Pop On Site, which is also known as Fully Loaded Outta Control Crips and Young Flocc Boys, on murder, assault and gun charges. The alleged gang members — 16 from Far Rockaway, one from Astoria and another from the Bronx — were collectively indicted on 90 counts.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the gang, with members ranging in age from 16 to 22, controlled a section of Rockaway Beach between Beach 81st Street and Beach 86th Street and sought revenge on rival gangs who allegedly shot Pop On Site members.

“The defendants are variously accused of turning neighborhood streets into a war zone by acting in concert with one or more of their co-defendants to shoot and wound eight individuals over a one-year-period between 2014 and 2015,” Brown said. “Their alleged criminal and violent and reckless acts have no place in a civilized society.”

The investigation uncovered telephone calls and social media posts, including photos and videos, “bragging” about the gang’s exploits, the Queens DA said. Code words like “drill,” “touched” and “its litt” were used to refer to shootings and “hammer,” “bitch” and “whoopity” were used for guns.

FLATBUSH, BROOKLYN

Thompson also announced that 18 alleged members of No Love City, a subset of the violent Folk Nation street gang, have been charged in a 76-count indictment with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession and other charges for multiple shootings throughout Brooklyn, including one that left a 25-year-old man dead and another that left a 60-year-old innocent woman paralyzed.

“These defendants are not just crew members but part of a criminal enterprise that has been responsible for a significant amount of the violence which has plagued the Flatbush and Canarsie sections of Brooklyn over the last two years,” Bratton said. “I commend the investigators and prosecutors who developed a substantial case against this group.”

The DA said the gang members, ranging in age from 18 to 27, would go “hunting” for rival gang members in Canarsie, Flatbush and DUMBO. No Love City would also plan and share their crimes on social media, the DA said.

Fifteen defendants were arraigned on Wednesday and are being held without bail. Extradition is pending on an alleged gang member in New Jersey and two others are still at large: Jarmel Blake, 24,St. Marks Place, and Jerome Myrie, age unknown,E. 104th Street.

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BROOKLYN, NY — A Brooklyn street gang named for having members as young as 15 years old was behind at least 11 shootings in the borough in the last two years, according to officials.

Law enforcement unveiled an 81-count indictment Thursday charging 14 members of a gang known as the "Babiiez," a subset of the larger "Insane Crip Gangsta" group dedicated to its youngest members, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

The 14 members, mostly teenagers, were behind at least 11 shootings since May 2019 aimed at showing dominance and attacking rival gang members, prosecutors said.

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The shootings hurt eight people and include a daylight shooting in Crown Heights and a drive-by in Bed-Stuy during last summer's surge in gun violence, according to the indictment.

"It is disturbing that young people in our communities are engaged in the type of brazen and senseless gun violence described in this indictment," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. "Taking shooters off the streets has been a focus of my office and the NYPD, and long-term investigations such as this are making a real impact in restoring safety and driving down violence across Brooklyn."

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Thursday's indictment comes after two other major gang takedowns in the borough this year as law enforcement grapple with an ongoing shooting surge that has plagued the city in the last year. The other takedowns include two rival gangs in Central Brooklyn known as The Hoolies and the 900 Street Gang.

The Babiiez and Insane Crip Gangsta crews ran largely out Flatbush, specifically in two connected buildings on East 21st Street that members called "The Castle," prosecutors said.

The gang formed an alliance with another gang, the Bergen Fam, to go after rival gang members, show dominance by shooting in rival territory and retaliate against taunts on social media about the death of a former ICG member, prosecutors said.

The shootings include three within just a few hours on June 30, 2020, two of which are caught on surveillance video.

In the first, Babiiez members Tristian Williams and Timothy Spence walked from "The Castle" to a building in rival "8 Trey" gang territory on East 18th Street and Williams shot into a crowd, hitting one member of the rival gang in the leg, prosecutors said.

Just 40 minutes later, someone fires into a crowd of people, including Williams and Spence, hanging outside The Castle. The group, including a man scooping up a baby that had been in the crowd, frantically runs into the building to escape the shots, video shows.

But soon, Williams and Spence take off with six others and walk all the way to Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway, where Babiiez member Jahmaree Dublin shoots at a man walking across the street, just steps from a couple with a child in a stroller, according to prosecutors and video. The man shot was not a member of a rival gang, prosecutors said.

Officials also released video of another shooting, a month later, when members Amath Kebe, Malik Harry and Kymani Salkey were driving in the territory of another rival, Structure Gang, in Bed-Stuy, prosectors said.

The group spotted a member of a rival gang on Madison Street and fired out the window, hitting the person in the leg, according to prosecutors and video.

Investigators say they caught on to the Babiiez as members bragged about their crimes on on social media and talked about them on recorded jail calls from Rikers Island, prosecutors said.

The members were heard "discussing violent acts, discussing the possibility of being indicted, discussing how to hold a gun, and boasting about its street dominance," prosecutors said.

The 81-count indictment includes conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, assault, grand larceny, reckless endangerment and weapons charges, among others, according to officials.

The 14 members were all slated to be arraigned on Thursday.

Here's who was charged:

  1. Tristian Williams, 19, of East New York, Brooklyn.
  2. Jaden Occean, 18, of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
  3. Timothy Spence, 17, of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
  4. Moustapha Diop, 19, of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
  5. Jahmaree Dublin, 19, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
  6. Malik Bacchus, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  7. Kymani Salkey, 18, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  8. Amath Kebe, 18, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
  9. Jarell Swan, 18, of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
  10. Darius Omotunde, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  11. Abu Gaye, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  12. Bobby Thomas, 20, of East New York, Brooklyn.
  13. Malik Harry, 21, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
  14. Krisaiya Blount, 16, East New York, Brooklyn.

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15 alleged gang members indicted for gun violence in the Bronx

14 ‘dangerous’ gang members busted in Brooklyn gun violence takedown

More than a dozen reputed gangbangers eyed in a series of shootings were swept up in a massive takedown in Brooklyn Thursday — with police officials calling them “as dangerous a group as they come.”

Fourteen alleged members of the Babiiez street gang — a Flatbush-based subset of the Insane Crip Gangstas — face charges in an 81-count indictment including conspiracy to commit murder and weapons possession.

Some of the suspects, also associates of the Bergen Fam gang, were arrested in pre-dawn raids — two of which were witnessed by The Post in Brooklyn.

Inspector Jason Savino, commanding officer of the Gun Violence Suppression Division, said the busted gangbangers, who range in age from 16 to 21, “were as dangerous a group as they come.”

The operation was lead by the NYPD Gun Violence Suppression Division and involved close to 100 officers.

“They have been involved in 37 gun-related offenses, and they have no qualms about pulling a trigger,” Savino said. “They wake up in the morning and think about who they are going to shoot today.”

Those indicted include six juveniles and four people who are already in jail, officials said. The charges are related to 11 shootings with eight victims — six of whom were alleged rival gang members and two men who were not rivals.

Abu Gaye, Bobby Thomas, Jaden Occean and Krisalya Blount were busted Thursday — and six have not yet been arrested.

NYPD apprehension teams picked up violent individuals throughout Brooklyn on July 1, 2021.

A Post reporter and photographer were on hand as authorities arrested Gaye, 19, at his home on Eastern Parkway near Pacific Street in Ocean Hill.

NYPD officers arrested  reputed 19-year-old Bergen Family gang member Abu Gaye without incident.

Gaye, who was wanted in a couple of shootings, was hauled out of his building in handcuffs, wearing a white shirt, maroon shorts and sneakers. 

The Post also witnessed the arrest of Bobby Thomas, 20.

The suspects were involved in shootings against rival gangs, including Folk Nation and 8 Trey, and nabbed as part of a long-term probe by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau and the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division.

“Every day, they wake up to benefit the gang,” Chief of Detectives James Essig told the officers from the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division as they assembled in Brooklyn around 4 a.m. before the takedown. “They are trigger-pullers that really put our great citizens, our people, in danger.”

Prosecutors said the Babiiez and Insane Crip Gangsta territory spans the Flatbush area, specifically East 21st Street — with buildings on that block referred to as “The Castle” and serving as the gang members’ hub.

The thugs allegedly boasted about the crimes on social media and some of the defendants were caught on Rikers Island phone calls discussing violent acts — and the possibility of being indicted, the Brooklyn DA’s Office said. 

Bergen Family gang member Bobby Thomas was arrested on July 1, 2021.

Many of the shootings were also caught on surveillance video, including on July 26, 2020 when three of the charged — Amath Kebe, Malik Harry and Kymani Salkey — allegedly opened fire on a member of the rival Structure gang.

Video of the drive-by shooting at 8 p.m. allegedly shows the trio blasting bullets from a car on Madison Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The victim was struck in the leg, prosecutors said.

Thomas, Occean, Blount and Gaye each pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday afternoon.

In asking that the defendants be held on bail, prosecutor Jhounelle Cunningham detailed other disturbing details. She described Blount, 16, as a girlfriend of a jailed gang member — accusing her of luring “a rival member to a location where he would be shot.” Occean, 18, meanwhile, serving as the alleged gunman in three of the shootings charged in the indictment.

Judge Miriam Cyrulnik set bail for each of the defendants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 — the heftiest amount in Gaye’s case.

About 100 detectives and supervisors took part in the takedown, according to officials.

The NYPD’s gun suppression unit initially focused its cases in Brooklyn, because there was an uptick in shootings, according to Savino.

“Now we are a citywide unit going after the most violent offenders,” he said. “Today, the NYPD’s best of the best went after the worst of the worst.”

The unit’s first case was against rapper Bobby Shmurda, who was released from prison in February. He had been in custody since his 2014 arrest on conspiracy and weapons possession charges.

Additional reporting by Paul Martinka and Steven Vago

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Prosecutors charge 25 rival gang members over turf war violence

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Members of two rival gangs are being charged with murder in connection to several Crown Heights shootings, prosecutors said.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn— Alleged members of rival gangs were charged with murder in connection to a years-long turf war, officials said Wednesday.

Police arrested 25 alleged members of the Lincoln and Bergen families. They’re being hit with a 67-count indictment for eight separate shootings that injured six and killed a 19-year-old.

“This murder and several shootings terrorized Crown Heights,” Commissioner William Bratton said. “Despite this city being down 20 percent in shootings and in many murders this year alone, there are small areas of violence that still exist. We will continue to focus on those committing violence so those who live there can do so safely.”

Most of the defendants were arraigned and ordered held without bail Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, prosecutors said. Charges include conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, weapons possession and assault.

The defendants allegedly used social media to plan their crimes and then made posts online taking credit for them, prosecutors said. They taunted each other by taking pictures of themselves in rival territory and posting them online. There’s only a one-block buffer between the rival gangs.

In one incident, Bergen Family members Federico Jaen and Lesean Carson allegedly rode up on bicycles and shot at a Lincoln Family member, striking him in the ankle, prosecutors said.

In retaliation, Lincoln Family member Laquan Battle shot and killed Jaquay Bennett, 19, on Jan. 8, 2015, prosecutors said.

A 13-year-old girl was also injured in one shooting, prosecutors said. Five Lincoln Family members allegedly fired multiple shots at rival gang members at Clara Barton High School as it was letting out on March 10.

Three suspects in the series of shootings remain at large.

“This indictment underscores the continuing commitment of this office and the NYPD to take back the streets of Brooklyn from mindless gang and gun violence that puts so many people at risk, including in this case an innocent 13-year-old girl,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson.

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