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Assailant in slaying had gang tattoo, police say (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle who gunned down a 17-year-old Herndon youth Sunday night was sporting an "MS" tattoo on his forehead, signifying allegiance to Northern Virginia's largest street gang, law enforcement sources said yesterday. Jose Sandoval was shot several times as he walked with a 16-year-old girl through a Herndon neighborhood. The girl, who has not been identified by police, survived a gunshot wound to the back, Herndon police said.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 19, 2004
Kilgore adds to program on Virginia gangs (Fairfax, VA): A pair of bloody gang-related attacks within a week's time in Northern Virginia have caused law-enforcement officials to renew their call for more tools in fighting gang-related crimes. Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore emerged from a closed meeting with top Fairfax County police officials yesterday and announced a new component of his year-old effort to combat gang-related crime.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: May 19, 2004
Herndon teen killed in suspected gang attack (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle shot and killed a 17-year-old Herndon youth and wounded a 16-year-old Sunday night in what police said yesterday was another explosion of gang-related violence in Northern Virginia. Police said Jose Sandoval, a freshman at Herndon High School, was killed about 9:40 p.m. as he walked on a quiet Herndon street, not far from the popular Washington & Old Dominion biking and hiking trail. Neighbors said they heard a rapid burst of shots and then saw the teenage girl standing over Sandoval, screaming.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 18, 2004
Two more in dangerous gang face lengthy prison sentences (Las Vegas, NV): Two more members of the Rolling 60s street gang pleaded guilty to racketeering charges Monday, another blow to a group that has terrorized a Las Vegas Valley neighborhood. Arlanders Gibson, 31, and Courtney Jones, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in a racketeering-influenced corrupt organization before U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks early Monday.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 18, 2004
Shots fired following altercation (Fremont, CA): A self-professed gang member fired several shots at a moving truck in Centerville on Monday morning, police said, one day after another man was stabbed in front of a nearby church. The truck, a late-1970s yellow Chevrolet truck with a bed full of black garbage bags, has not been found, so it was unknown if anyone was injured, said police Sgt. Sheila Tajima-Shadle.
Source: The Argus Date: May 18, 2004
Gang ties bring stiffer sentence (Durham, NC): Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones had just put a man in jail for 10 days when someone told the judge the defendant was a gang member. Jones brought Justin Sharpe, 21, back into court and sentenced him to 11 to 15 months in jail, a stiffer sentence than even prosecutors requested. Sharpe's attorney said Jones never should have done that, because the judge based his decision on the fact that Sharpe had bragged about his gang ties in a widely publicized, recent documentary film, "Welcome to Durham."
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 18, 2004
Gangs eye kids as young as age 7 (Herndon, VA): Gangs in Northern Virginia are a growing threat to residents' safety and are recruiting children as young as 7 years old, law-enforcement officials said yesterday, a day after what police sources say was the second gang-related attack in a week. Gangs, which police say are growing in size and boldness, usually commit violent crimes against other gangs, but bystanders are at risk.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 18, 2004
Thefts linked to gangs (Ivanhoe, CA): An Ivanhoe gang member sought in connection with two robberies managed to evade police for two days, shooting at them, possibly making threatening phone calls and attacking a police dog before his arrest, authorities say. Tulare County sheriff's Lt. Richard Matthews said deputies arrested Alejandro Ruiz, 19, and five juveniles who are either identified gang members or gang associates in connection with two robberies.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: May 18, 2004
Gunfire marshals Park Hill (Denver, CO): It's 2:30 p.m., and a dozen children are napping in the day-care center of King Baptist Church as a car speeds into the parking lot. Gunfire startles day-care teacher Velora Barnes. A barrage of at least 10 bullets erupts as two or possibly three carloads of suspected gang members open fire on each other.
Source: The Denver Post Date: May 17, 2004
Gang violence eases in Portland (Portland, OR): As recently as Friday afternoon, Portland police were reflecting on how gang violence had cooled in recent weeks. They said they could only hope it was a harbinger of a calm summer on the streets. But after two shootings Saturday night, including one that left a 14-year-old boy dead outside a party in the Parkrose neighborhood, officers on the department's anti-gang unit are now talking about the most violent weekend since a spate of shootings nearly four months ago.
Source: The Oregonian Date: May 17, 2004
Police think man was killed tagging (Los Angeles, CA): Koreatown - Gunmen shot and killed a 30-year-old man in a drive-by shooting early Saturday, according to Los Angeles police officials. Police say the slaying was gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 16, 2004
Police say teen admitted shots (Pomona, CA): A police affidavit says a Fontana teenager charged with killing a highway patrolman outside a courthouse last month confessed to stealing a gun from his grandfather and opening fire on the officer in an effort to impress a street gang. Valentino Mitchell Arenas, 16, was arrested April 22 on suspicion of shooting CHP Officer Thomas Steiner to death the day before.
Source: The Press-Enterprise Date: May 16, 2004
Two killed, two injured in four shootings (Durham, NC): Two people were killed and two others wounded in four separate shootings Saturday. A woman sitting on an East Durham porch talking with friends was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting. That evening, three shootings occurred within an hour, leaving one man dead.
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 16, 2004
Key gang raid target surrenders (Chicago, IL): A high-ranking member of the Black Disciples turned himself in to the FBI Friday, a day after the government announced a sweeping indictment of the organization's leadership. Alfred Creamer, a board member under gang king Marvel Thompson, allegedly helped run the gang's largest drug dealing operation, centered at the Randolph Towers public housing complex on the South Side, according to a federal indictment released Thursday.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 15, 2004
Two held in drive-by shooting death (Chicago, IL): Two alleged gang members were charged Thursday with the drive-by slaying of a 20-year-old man who had just returned to his Chicago home from a yearlong job-training program in Indiana. Tuesday's slaying of Jonathan Collazo in the Hermosa neighborhood had residents calling for an end to the gang chokehold on the community.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 14, 2004
Trio jailed in effort to curb gang activity (Rockford, IL): A crackdown on street gangs continued Thursday with the arrest of three more suspected gang members. Police arrested Marco Mendez, 17, Juan Jass Jr., 19, and Estaban Gonzales, 19, after a short foot chase near South Alpine Road and O'Connell Street. All were wanted on outstanding warrants.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: May 14, 2004
Bronx soccer terror gang (Bronx, NY): Five members of a Bronx gang of violent Mexican soccer enthusiasts have been charged with terrorism and other offenses under an anti-terror law that went into effect a week after 9/11, cops said yesterday. The five - members of the so-called St. James Boys - are accused of murder, manslaughter, weapons possession, assault and robbery, among other crimes.
Source: New York Post Date: May 14, 2004
Annandale man charged in machete attack of boy (Alexandria, VA): An 18-year-old Annandale man has been arrested in connection with the gang-related machete attack in which a 16-year-old boy's hands were badly mutilated. Hayner R. Flores was arrested at his home without incident late Wednesday night and charged with malicious wounding and participating in an illegal gang activity. Police said that their investigation is continuing and that more arrests are expected.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: May 14, 2004
Police detail gang's toll on hospital (Ventura County, CA): Colonia Chiques gang members and associates have assaulted a hospital worker, intimidated patients and staff members and are responsible for thousands of dollars worth of vandalism at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, according to court documents filed by police. The pattern of harassment and crime at the city's only hospital was detailed in a civil lawsuit filed last month by Ventura County authorities against the county's largest and most violent gang.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 14, 2004
US hits drug empire (Chicago, IL): With their leader in prison, top members of the Black Disciples were called to a South Side apartment building--"The Castle," the gang called it--to hear from their newly annointed "king." He told the assembled drug dealers that if they played by the "BD law," they would prosper. Violators would be beaten or killed by the Vanguard, the enforcers of the gang.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 14, 2004
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