Defendants Convicted for Racketeering Conspiracy to Commit Violent Robberies, Murder of Off-Duty Reserve Police Officer: ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – Following a three-week jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, six individuals were convicted for their role in a RICO conspiracy that was responsible for the abduction and murder of a Waynesboro Police Department reserve officer, as well as multiple armed robberies and home invasions, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.
Source: Department of Justice  Date: 2/26/2016
 Stopping the growth of gangs in Hampton Roads: Gangs are plaguing neighborhoods throughout Hampton Roads and police say children are the most vulnerable.
Source: WAVY 10 News  Date: 2/26/2016
 Lynchburg woman indicted for gang recruitment related to series of shootings (Lynchburg, VA): : The Lynchburg Police Department is looking for a woman wanted on several gang-related charges. On February 1, a Lynchburg Grand Jury indicted Skylar Denise Lewis, 26, for gang recruitment in a school zone, participation in a gang that includes a juvenile in a school zone and assault and battery by mob.
Source: WSLS 10 News   Date: 2/16/2016
 Re-trial underway for gang members accused of killing Cpt. Kevin Quick (Roanoke, VA):: A re-trial for six reputed gang members accused of murdering an auxiliary police captain is underway in Roanoke.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News   Date: 2/4/2016
 Local gang leader sentenced to 8 years (Norfolk, VA): On Wednesday, an Emporia man was sentenced to 96 months in prison for his role in conspiracy to distribute heroin and his firearms trafficking activities. According to court documents, Collie “Sonnie Black” Rashad Sanks, 37, was the highest-ranking member of the Red Stone Rydahs, a Bloods street gang that operated in Franklin and Emporia
Source: The Tidewater News   Date: 2/4/2016
 Prince William man, gang member, pleads guilty to multiple violent acts (Prince William County, VA)::  Abdur Roland, a Prince William County resident, pled guilty today to counts of robbery, use of a firearm in a crime, and being in possession of a firearm with a felony record. Roland was involved in gang activity, and used the name “Boo” in his gang dealings, and has been linked to the Bloods street gang.
Source: Potomac Local News  Date: 2/24/2015
 Newport News teen indicted by grand jury in double homicide (Newport News, VA): : An 18-year-old was indicted this week by a Newport News grand jury in the shooting deaths of two teenagers.
Source: Daily Press  Date: 2/24/2015
 Loudoun man charged with capital murder in 2009 Lansdowne attack (Loudoun County, VA): : The man investigators believe was the ringleader of a brutal attack that left a Virginia man dead and his wife clinging to life is facing capital-murder charges, the Loudoun County prosecutor announced Tuesday
Source: The Washington Post   Date: 2/24/2015
 10 arrested in connection with 3 assaults in Suffolk (Suffolk, VA):: Suffolk police have made several arrests following the investigation of three separate assaults on a student – two of them happened at King’s Fork High School.
Source: WAVY 10 News  Date: 2/24/2015
 4 guilty in connection with Mount Vernon gang-war deaths (Mount Vernon, VA):: Four men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a spasm of gang violence in Mount Vernon that left three people dead in a matter of hours.
Source: The Journal News  Date: 2/24/2015
 Three suspected gang members arrested in Waynesboro, drugs and cash confiscated (Waynesboro, VA):: Waynesboro arrested three men Saturday, all suspected gang members with "Sureno 13." "This is pretty much our first significant interaction with Sureno 13 in Waynesboro," said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department
Source: The News Leader   Date: 2/25/2014
 Arrest made in gang-related double homicide (Newport News, VA):: A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection to a double homicide that claimed the lives of two teenagers in 2008.
Source: WAVY 10 News   Date: 2/25/2014
 Three teens charged in gang fight at Potomac Mills mall (Woodbridge, VA): Detectives from the police department's gang unit identified three suspects involved in the fight. Police said the fight "stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two rival street gangs." Two 15-year-old Woodbridge boys and a 14-year-old Triangle boy were arrested and charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery and two counts of criminal gang participation.
Source: Inside NoVa   Date: 2/25/2014
 Albemarle police address presence of gangs in county (Albemarle County, VA)::  In light of the recent gang-related arrests in connection to the death of Waynesboro Police Reserve Captain Kevin Quick and subsequent inquiries to our agency regarding gangs in our area, the Albemarle County Police Department would like to address the issue of gangs in our community.
Source: WVIR 29 News   Date: 2/21/2014
 MS-13 gang member pleads guilty in Loudoun County attempted murder cases (Fairfax, VA)::  Edgar Benitez Hernandez, also known as "Shadow," 25, of the District of San Miguel, El Salvador, pleaded guilty earlier this week to two counts of using and discharging a firearm during attempted murder in aid of racketeering.
Source: FairfaxNews   Date: 2/21/2014
 Cville, Albemarle police to release gang comprehensive assessment (Charlottesville, VA):: The status of gangs in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is becoming clearer. There are approximately 183 validated gang members in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville. Homegrown gangs have been in the area for more than 20 years but there are also national gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, and MS-13.
Source: WVIR 29 News   Date: 2/21/2014
 Cville, Albemarle police to release gang comprehensive assessment (Charlottesville, VA):: The status of gangs in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is becoming clearer. There are approximately 183 validated gang members in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville. Homegrown gangs have been in the area for more than 20 years but there are also national gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, and MS-13.
Source: WVIR 29 News  Date: 2/21/2014
 Police investigate potential witness intimidation in JCC armed robbery case (James City County, VA):: James City County Police are working to squash the potential for gang activity that stems from a suspected witness intimidation incident last month.
Source: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily  Date: 2/21/2014
 Ex-con working with youth to prevent gang violence (Richmond, VA):: Some police departments are concerned about the growing number of gangs in Central Virginia. An ex-con is trying to prevent gang violence before it happens, but he says the community has a responsibility, too
Source: WRIC 8 News  Date: 2/21/2014
 Va. woman sentenced in 2008 gang killing (Newport News, VA):: A Newport News woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for her role in a 2008 slaying that prosecutors say was part of gang activity.
Source: WSET 13 News  Date: 2/10/2014
 Police: Three suspects in Kevin Quick's death have gang affiliation (Waynesboro, VA):: Three suspects arrested last night in the death of Kevin Wayne Quick now are accused of being affiliated with a criminal gang, authorities said today at a news conference in Waynesboro
Source: The Goochland Gazette  Date: 2/10/2014
 Two teens arrested for gang-related violence (Manassas, VA):: Prince William County police arrested two teenagers who were involved in a fight that resulted into a stabbing Tuesday afternoon. The 17-year-old victim was standing outside of the mall near the court entrance when he a group of teenagers went up to him and said they were part of the MS13 gang according to police.
Source: WUSA 9 News  Date: 2/10/2014
 Program helping keep teens out of gangs (Harrisonburg, VA):: A mentoring program that keeps Latino teens in school and out of gangs may help keep your family safer. Raul works carefully on his stats homework. "I come from a family that no one has gone to college so me even finishing high school is a big step in education in my family," said Raul.
Source: WHSV 3 News   Date: 2/3/2014
 Richmond Bloods member pleads no contest to racketeering charges (Richmond, VA): A Richmond-area leader of the Bloods street gang facing up to life in prison pleaded no contest Monday to two state racketeering charges and netted 13 years in prison.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch   Date: 2/13/2013
 Newport News 8th graders learning about gangs (Newport News, VA): : Middle school students in Newport News are getting a lesson on the dangers of gangs. "Kids are nervous at school, even intimidated by gangs," says Sgt. George Evans. He says youth gang activity is a big problem so police are stepping in.
Source: WVEC 13 News   Date: 2/11/2013
 Renewed focus on gang violence after recent conviction (Richmond, VA:  known MS-13 gang member now faces years in prison for a murder near Richmond's Pony Pasture. Just days ago the killer in a 2011 summertime shooting that left one person dead was convicted
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News   Date: 2/11/2013
 Local audience told of signs, symptoms of gang membership: Two factors are most likely to prevent children from joining criminal street gangs — monitoring by parents and good coping skills, said Gretchen Ellis, director of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families.
Source: The Daily Press  Date: 2/16/2012
 Officials warn of MS-13 gang activity in area: An emerging presence in the Richmond area of MS-13, a notoriously violent national street gang, is raising concern among law enforcement officials as they investigate several violent incidents, including a stabbing in Richmond.
Source: Richmond Times Dispatch  Date: 2/6/2012
 Link seen between stabbing, national street gang MS-13: Authorities are investigating a link between a brutal stabbing in Richmond last month and the national street gang MS-13.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch  Date: 2/2/2012
 City man, MS-13 member, charged for running underage prostitution ring: A city man and admitted MS-13 gang member faces felony charges in connection with a prostitution ring he allegedly ran with local, underage runaways.
Source: Alexandria Times  Date: 2/25/2011
 Indictment accuses 11 of ruthless gang crimes, including killings, in D.C. area: Federal authorities accused 11 people Wednesday of orchestrating a two-year run of killings, stabbings and beatings across the Washington area as members of a violent Salvadoran gang.
Source: Washington Post   Date: 2/11/2011
 Gang leader pleads to racketeering in D.C. area: A leader of a violent street gang tied to the attempted murder of two rival gang members and to the extortion of pimps trafficking prostitutes from Maryland into Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal racketeering charges, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Source: Washington Times  Date: 2/4/2011
 Prison gang codes: Looking beyond the graffiti: Officers working in a Virginia correctional facility found fifteen pages of an encoded document. One of the pages contained the picture below Because the picture had notes indicating 166th Street, Bronx, NY, the material was forwarded to the New York City Police Department (NYPD). They sent it to me. As you look at the picture you may also see what appears to be “cross hair sights” and bullet holes.
Source: Correctionsone  Date: 2/3/2010
 Sweep nets immigrants with criminal charges: Dozens of members of street gangs who were in the United States illegally were arrested in a four-day immigration operation across Virginia and the District of Columbia, officials announced Monday.
Source: Washington Examiner.Com  Date: 2/2/2010
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