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N. Richland Hills police cracking down on surge in gang activity (Richland Hills, TX): They gather in small groups. Drugs, mayhem, vandalism and other crimes are central to their lives. About 30 gangs have become active in North Richland Hills, and police have responded with more detail, resources and diligence.
Source: The Dallas Morning News    Date: June 26, 2004

Self-proclaimed gang member arrested on murder charges (San Antonio, TX): A teenager who police said admitted he was a proud gang member was charged Wednesday night with the murder of a 19-year-old man. John Arroyo, 17, was apprehended by the San Antonio Police Gang Unit.
Source: KSAT Channel 12 News    Date: June 24, 2004

Schools, police deal with youth violence (Harlingen, TX): With another school year over and summer heating up, Harlingen police are looking at ways to combat gang-related youth violence. Arrests were made recently in a June 5 drive-by shooting and a June 6 case where a man was injured when youths threw bricks at him and his home.
Source: Valley Morning Star    Date: June 12, 2004

Stabbing that injured two called gang-linked (El Paso, TX): Two men were arrested in connection with a gang-related stabbing of two men Friday night in Central El Paso, police said.
Source: El Paso Times    Date: June 3, 2004

Gang crime on the rise (North Richland Hills, TX): The first thing that made police think the driver was a gang member were the letters tattooed on his shoulder. The second clue was his extensive record of traffic violations and the fact that he lied about his date of birth and previous arrests. And lastly, the driver -- who was on probation for drunken driving and for driving while his license was suspended -- was still wearing an ankle monitor.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: May 28, 2004

Web of violence: Garland police find that rival youths used chat rooms to set up the fight (Garland, TX): It was a clash born in cyberspace. But on March 3, the profanity-laden put-downs that had been exchanged over the Internet escalated into a street fight in Garland with low-tech weapons such as fists, bats and clubs. Several young people were injured, including one whose arm was broken.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: May 13, 2004

Gang unit investigating shooting (Fort Worth, TX): A drive-by shooting Monday night that left two teens seriously injured and hurt a 1-year-old may have been in retaliation for a February gang shooting, police said.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: May 12, 2004

Gang suspect nabbed (El Paso, TX): A 25-year-old suspected Bernalillo gang member was arrested in El Paso as he was trying to enter Mexico, an official said. The man is wanted in connection with several drive-by shootings that occurred in February and March in Bernalillo and a warrant out of Albuquerque.
Source: Albuquerque Journal    Date: April 13, 2004

Police think deadly shoot-out gang-related (San Antonio, TX): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot, and a 17-year-old boy was wounded in what police say was likely a gang-related shoot-out. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Mittman Fine Foods when the 15-year-old and a friend were confronted by a group of seven or eight young men. The groups exchanged words, and guns were drawn. The 15-year-old victim had a small-caliber weapon, police said. After several shots were fired, someone pulled out a shotgun and ended the gunfight. Police said the boy likely injured the 17-year-old with a gunshot wound. Police have not made any arrests.
Source: San Antonio Express-News    Date: March 17, 2004

Police suspect gang activity in stabbing (San Antonio, TX): A 19-year-old man was arrested after what police say was a gang-related stabbing at the Rivercenter mall. The man was charged with deadly conduct after stabbing at least four of 15 individuals when he thought his brother's life was at stake, a police source said. The investigation is ongoing.
Source: San Antonio Express-News    Date: March 8, 2004

Council approves funds to enlarge gang unit (Forth Worth, TX): Fort Worth City Council members unanimously approved spending $780,000 to more than double the police department's gang unit. The funds will add 20 positions to the current 13 officers, restoring cuts made after a 2002 study that recommended that the unit be reassigned to patrol. The current decision was prompted by a recent rise in gang crime, which was up 77 percent in 2003 over 2002. The police chief blamed the increase on a combination of factors including the steady release of gang members from state prisons, an increase in the number of teenagers, and popular culture's tendency to romanticize gang life.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: March 3, 2004

Southeast Dallas gang members sentenced (Dallas, TX): The U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, announced that five members of a violent, drug-dealing Southeast Dallas gang were sentenced in federal court by a Northern District of Texas U.S. District Judge. The defendants, ages 21 to 28, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from more than 12 years to 30 years. The five defendants were members of the UNC and PGC street gangs and had a long history of working together to sell drugs in Dallas. The street on which they sold drugs had developed into a place where a person could go, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to buy cocaine. The UNC and PGC street gangs maintained control of the street, with the use of firearms, for their own profit-making purpose.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: March 3, 2004

Suspects sought in shooting that killed one (Forth Worth, TX): Fort Worth police are searching for suspects involved in a drive-by gang shooting that left a man in his mid-30s dead and four others, ages 16 to 34, wounded. According to reports, young men and teenagers were parked on a street when they were fired on by occupants of another car. The wounded driver in the parked vehicle tried to back out of the lot and crashed through a business window as his assailants left their vehicle and continued firing, police said.
Source: The Dallas Morning News    Date: February 22, 2004

Rubbing out graffiti (El Paso, TX): Police say a tagging "war" among several crews is behind a rash of graffiti in the Lower Valley. As of January 28, 76 graffiti cases were reported to El Paso police, compared with 60 reported cases in all of January 2003. While the vandalism has been removed, investigation into the graffiti continues. Tagger groups, or "crews," try to outdo rivals by seeing who can vandalize more spots. These groups are less inclined toward violence than street gangs, who use graffiti to mark turf. Police have identified 84 active tagging crews in El Paso.
Source: El Paso Times    Date: February 3, 2004

Third man arrested in fatal shooting of woman, 18 (Fort Worth, TX): A third man was arrested in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old woman last month. The 21-year-old suspect and two others, ages 20 and 22, are accused of fatally shooting a woman as she, her boyfriend, and his cousin drove home from a club. "We don't have any other motive at this point other than the shooting being gang-related," said a homicide detective. Investigators believe that the 22-year-old fired the fatal shot. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, two of the suspects told someone they shot at the victim's truck after the occupants flashed gang signs at them. The first two suspects were arrested two weeks ago and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity/murder because they were acting together as gang members at the time of the slaying. Officials plan to file the same charges against the third suspect.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: January 30, 2004

Tyler-area man accused of contract killing (Tyler, TX): Police charged a 25-year-old man with the gang-related, contract killing of a Smith County man. Authorities believe he is also responsible for two other recent East Texas slayings, including a second murder-for-hire in Longview. The suspect was arrested on a traffic violation in Missouri, and officials there learned that he was wanted for a firearms violation in Tyler. County, state, and federal officials in Tyler had already identified the man as a suspect in one of the killings. A team of local and federal investigators sent to Missouri developed information linking the suspect to all three killings. The suspect's 19-year-old girlfriend has also been charged with murder in connection with one of the slayings. Officials believe that two of the murders were gang-related executions contracted by the same person, who remains at large. The suspect received drugs and money for carrying out the killings, which were aimed at silencing potential witnesses in crimes involving members of a Tyler-area drug gang. Authorities are trying to determine whether the suspect and others connected with the three slayings may be tied to other area homicides.
Source: The Dallas Morning News    Date: January 21, 2004

Man, teen injured in attack with baseball bats (Fort Worth, TX): A 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old teenager were seriously injured when they were attacked with baseball bats in what police say was likely a gang-related dispute. Witnesses said a car carrying at least three males stopped in front of a residence where several people had gathered, and gang signs were apparently flashed between the groups. The men in the car got out and attacked the two victims. Three suspects were arrested at gunpoint after officers stopped the car.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: January 15, 2004

Man, 18, killed in slaying described as gang-related (Fort Worth, TX): An 18-year-old man was killed outside a convenience store after he and a relative got into an altercation with three other men. Witnesses, who said the killing was gang-related, told police that the victim and a relative were involved in an argument that turned into a fight with three men. One of the men pulled a gun and shot the victim in the head. The suspects ran across the street and drove away in a vehicle. Police later arrested two men who are being questioned in the incident.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: January 15, 2004

Police raid nets six gang suspects (Fort Worth, TX): A raid in the area around Polytechnic High School that involved 30 officers resulted in the arrests of six suspected gang members. Five juveniles and one adult were taken into custody following several recent disputes between rival gangs at the high school. One fight led to gunfire off school grounds. Most of the suspects were wanted on warrants accusing them of assault or assault with a deadly weapon, with a secondary charge of engaging in organized crime, police said. The problems stem from a simmering feud between two rival gangs, an official said. Some of the students attend Polytechnic, but others attend other schools or are dropouts.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: December 19, 2003

Police say gang crime on the rise (Houston, TX): Local law enforcement officials are warning residents in The Woodlands and surrounding areas of an increase in gang activity. Oak Ridge North's police chief said his department's officers have noticed gang "signs" and an increased presence of gangs, particularly the Greenspoint Posse. The Greenspoint Posse sports green and gold colors and wear name-brand jeans that signify Crip Killer, in reference to the notorious Los Angeles-based street gang, the Crips. Most gang members are reported to be high-school age, but can be older. In addition to the Greenspoint Posse, hard-core groups such as the Crazy Brown Clique, the 503, the Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings all maintain a presence in the area, an official said.
Source: The Houston Chronicle    Date: December 18, 2003

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