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Gangs, arguments a factor in nine of 14 Danville homicides (Danville, VA): A gang task force, additional community policing activities and more programming for youth were focus areas established Tuesday by Danville City Council during a special work session in response to violent crime.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 6, 2016

Former Denbigh High School security officer and gangster convicted of racketeering and murder charges (Newport News, VA): A gangster was convicted Monday by a federal jury on charges of racketeering conspiracy, including acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, obstruction of justice, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and other charges.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: December 5, 2016

Danville Police seek juvenile on robbery, gang charges (Danville, VA): Melik Zydarius Smith, 17, is wanted by the Danville Police for robbery and gang participation charges. Police have warrants for Smith for two counts of robbery, two counts of criminal street gang participation, violation of probation and violation of conditions of release from detention, according to a Danville police news release.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 2, 2016

FCPD sex crimes squad seeking alleged gang-member-rapist (Fairfax County, VA): Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Division’s Sex Crimes Squad are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 18-year-old, Ronald Fabricio Herrera Contreras. Police say he is wanted for rape, abduction with the intent to defile, gang participation and assault and battery that occurred in July.
Source: The Fairfax County Times    Date: November 30, 2016

Drug, gang ties probed in slaying of Chesterfield man who lived in shed (Chesterfield County, VA): Four gang members from North Carolina drove to Virginia to buy marijuana and possibly rob a Chesterfield County man they are accused of killing after drawing the victim out of a storage shed where he was living, according to court papers filed in the case.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: November 28, 2016

4 Teens Accused of Spraying Gang-Related Graffiti Throughout Herndon (Herndon, VA): The Herndon Police Department has charged four teenagers accused of spraying gang-related graffiti in Herndon over the last three months.
Source: Herndon Patch    Date: November 22, 2016

The connection between teen gang members and social media, internet access (Danville, VA): There have been no arrests in two recent homicides in Danville. Police say the shootings do not appear to be related. The first happened Thursday night and left a 15-year-old dead. The next night, a 21-year-old died. Police attribute several shootings in Danville to gang violence.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: November 21, 2016

Police to increase officers on street after homicides; chief says gang, drug activity linked to killings (Danville, VA): Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot linked two homicides this week to a pattern of young men involved with drug and gang activity and said local police will increase their presence on the streets after recent shootings.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: November 19, 2016

Suspected Gang Member Arrested on Gun Charges in Manassas: Police (Manassas, VA): A suspected gang member already in jail after being charged with murder a week ago was charged Tuesday for allegedly shooting into a dwelling Oct. 12 in the 7900 block of Community Drive, according to Prince William County Police.
Source: ManassasPatch    Date: November 16, 2016

Gang member sentenced to 10 years for attack on Leesburg man (Loudoun County, VA): An MS-13 gang member who assaulted and then later orchestrated an unsuccessful attempt to kill a Leesburg man for refusing to join its ranks was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror    Date: November 15, 2016

Teen gets 30-year sentence for MS-13-related assassination (Alexandria, VA): A 19-year-old from Fairfax will spend 30 years in prison for helping murder a fellow member of the street gang MS-13.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: November 11, 2016

MS13 gang members rounded up, charged in murder of Edwin Chicas (Prince William County, VA): Police today announced the arrest of five people in the October 29 shooting death of Edwin Chicas, 22, who was killed outside a home near Manassas.
Source: Potomac Local News    Date: November 10, 2016

'Cunning' Shore Bloods leader could face 30 years (Accomack County, VA): A jury recommended a 30 year prison sentence for a young Parksley man who has been in trouble with the law since he was 15 years old.
Source: Delmarva Daily Times    Date: November 4, 2016

Federal officials announce major gang indictments (Charlottesville, VA): Federal officials announced a major crackdown on gang activity at the federal courthouse in Charlottesville on Friday. Multiple people have been arrested, including four Virginia prison guards.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: November 4, 2016

Former prison guards accused of smuggling drugs for gang (Richmond, VA): Federal authorities say they’ve arrested former prison guards connected to a gang that sells drugs inside Virginia state prisons to help finance its activities.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: November 4, 2016

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years for Leesburg Stabbing (Loudoun County, VA): A member of the gang MS-13 was sentenced today to 10 years behind bars for a stabbing a year ago in Leesburg. Josue Jeremias Cruz Gonzalez, 20, appeared before the Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of malicious wounding and one count of gang participation. Judge Douglas L. Fleming Jr. imposed ten years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Source: Loudoun Now    Date: November 3, 2016

Alleged MS-13 gang member arraigned on racketeering, other charges in 5-year-old Pony Pasture killing (Richmond, VA): An alleged MS-13 gang member pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges alleging that he helped in the cold-blooded murder of a suspected rival gang member at Pony Pasture in Richmond five years ago.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: November 2, 2016

Officials probe gang ties to deadly Chesterfield mansion party (Chesterfield, VA): A multi-jurisdictional effort recently led to the arrest of seven men in connection with two homicides, and while police haven’t divulged a motive yet, they have charged all suspects with gang participation.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News    Date: October 21, 2016

Seven suspected gang members make their first appearances in court after arrest in 'mansion party' killings (Chesterfield County, VA): Seven alleged gang members, including one previously unnamed, made their first appearances in a Chesterfield County courtroom Friday morning after being arrested Thursday in the killings of two participants of an illegal “mansion party” last month attended by more than 300 people.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: October 21, 2016

Suspected gang members target one of D.C. area’s most prominent rappers (Fairfax County, VA): Suspected gang members forced their way into a studio used by one of the D.C. area’s most prominent rappers, beat a producer and then stole recording equipment, according to a newly unsealed search warrant in Fairfax County.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 12, 2016

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