Crime down slightly across Fairfax in 2015 (Fairfax County, VA): Crime in Fairfax County saw a slight decrease in 2015, according to statistics disseminated recently by county police. The aggregate total of all crime categories amounted to 38,306 cases in 2015, down 0.66 percent from the 38,561 recorded in 2014. Rounding up, the county’s crime rate is 3,404 per 100,000 residents.
Source: Inside NoVa   Date: 4/28/2016
 MS-13 gang member turned FBI informant describes life in the violent street gang (Fairfax County, VA):: Christian Lemus Cerna, an MS-13 gang member, allegedly set out into a wooded park in Fairfax County in May 2014 to find a pair of graves. With him was a local MS-13 leader, known as Junior, who wanted to spook some new recruits by showing them where the bodies of two wayward members were buried.
Source: The Washington Post   Date: 4/28/2016
 1 of 6 alleged gang suspects accepts plea deal in 2014 death of Culpeper teen (Culpeper, VA):: One of the six suspected Fredericksburg-area gang members originally charged in the 2014 stabbing death of a Culpeper teen has accepted a plea deal, signifying an initial resolution in the 17-month-old case now in the hands of newly elected prosecutor Paul Walther.
Source: The Daily Progress   Date: 4/28/2016
 Albemarle Co. PD Needs More Funds to Combat Rising Gang Activity (Albemarle County, VA): Gang activity is on the rise in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. Albemarle County's police chief says the stats have jumped 12 percent in two years and with the county cutting his budget, it's only going to get worse. Since March 2014, police have identified 205 gang members in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. They are looking at an additional 700 suspected gang members
Source: WVIR 29 News  Date: 4/9/2016
 Holmberg: Gang trial underway in peaceful, historic Bowling Green (Bowling Green, VA):  WTVR CBS 6 News
Source: Gangbangers have shot bullets and spilled blood on the outskirts of quiet Bowling Green in Caroline County. Wednesday was day one of a two-day, malicious wounding trial involving the MOB-30 gang and their rivals, the YG (Young Guard) 4  Date: 4/27/2015
 Police Round Up Alleged Gang Members (Manassas, VA):: Prince William County police arrested and charged six teenagers with gang activity after three recent robberies in the Manassas area.
Source: ManassasPatch  Date: 4/27/2015
 Fists and Facebook (Richmond, VA):: The Richmond Public Schools and the city’s law enforcement have been grappling with an uptick in youth violence that led to a string of gang-related brawls earlier this school year, prompting lockdowns, arrests and increased security
Source: Style Weekly   Date: 4/27/2015
 Man shot to death had come to Richmond to avoid gang threats, father says (Richmond, VA):: The father of a man gunned down outside his North Richmond home early Sunday said his son had come to Richmond to avoid gang threats. “It was the Bloods, the Crips; I brought him to Richmond to get away from it,” Linval Angaroo said outside his home, just yards from a dried pool of blood where his son was killed.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch   Date: 4/27/2015
 New gang violence plan to go before Newport News City Council (Newport News, VA): After more than two years of indecision, the City Council will consider a new plan to address gang violence that would start in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Source: Daily Press   Date: 4/9/2013
 Gangs taking to the suburbs, including Albemarle (Albemarle County, VA): Once seen as an inner-city problem relegated to lawless corners where boarded-up flop houses converge, criminal street gangs are extending their reach to suburbs and subdivisions, local investigators say.
Source: The Daily Progress  Date: 4/9/2013
 Gangs move between streets and social media (Newport News, VA): For monitoring gang activity, police have a free intelligence-gathering tool at their disposal: social media. "The graffiti of old is now Facebook," said Sgt. L.W. Spencer, who leads the gang enforcement unit at Newport News Police Department. "They're trying to portray a certain image in everything that they're doing on Facebook."
Source: Daily Press   Date: 4/9/2013
 Manassas man pleads guilty to trafficking girl, 14 (Manassas, VA: A Manassas-area man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to sex trafficking a 14-year-old female runaway. Ramiro Espinoza Jamaica, 20, of Manassas, is a member of transnational Hispanic street gang SUR–13, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Source: ManassasPatch   Date: 4/23/2012
 Arlington battles to keep kids out of MS-13 (Arlington, VA):: Since notorious street gang MS-13 put down roots in the D.C. area, officials in tiny Arlington County have worked to establish one of the most extensive gang prevention programs in the region, focusing on keeping children out of gangs and helping current gang members get out.
Source: Washington Examiner  Date: 4/23/2012
 Inmate Charged with Soliciting Murder of Rival Gang Members :  Virginia inmate has been charged with trying to have fellow gang members murdered.
Source:  Date: 4/11/2012
 Ivy Street Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Participating in Two Murders : NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Alfonso Sheppard, 32, of Newport News, Virginia was sentenced today to a life in prison, plus 10 years, for his participation in two drug robberies that resulted in the murder of John Henry Green on January 18, 2007 and the murder of Demareo Dontae Hardy on March 20, 2009.
Source: FBI  Date: 4/5/2012
 Inmate lawsuit alleges regional jail officials failed to stop gang violence: Officials at the Western Virginia Regional Jail failed to break up a gang that was terrorizing other inmates in one of its pods, according to an inmate who claims he was severely beaten as a result of their inaction.
Source: Roanoke Times  Date: 4/4/2012
 Outlaws Motorcycle National President Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison: WASHINGTON – The national president of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for leading a violent criminal organization.
Source: 7th Space Interactive  Date: 4/11/2011
 AG Cuccinelli and Petersburg leaders to host crime prevention ‘Community Day’ : Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will join residents and leaders from businesses, churches, nonprofits, and law enforcement to beautify a Petersburg neighborhood on Saturday to send a clear message to gangs and other criminal elements that they are not welcome
Source:   Date: 4/4/2011
 Anti-gang police unit hits the streets in Chesapeake: They decipher the hieroglyphics of the street: the numbers, dots, lines, stars and letters spray-painted on overpasses, walls and street signs.
Source:  Date: 4/4/2011
 Alleged Leaders and Members of Bounty Hunter Bloods Gang Indicted on Murder, Robbery, Drug Charges: NORFOLK, VA—A federal grand jury in Norfolk has indicted James Alexander Mack, 25; Jamel Spaights, 28; James Martin Harris, 22; Arous John Phillips, 22; Eric Drandell Ward, 28; Craig Steven Foster, 23, all of Portsmouth, Va.; and Danyell Jamar White, 21, and Cameron Mychal Evans, 21, both of Suffolk, Va. on various racketeering, murder, firearm, and drug charges. The majority of the defendants will face life sentences if convicted.
Source: FBI  Date: 4/20/2010
 Eight indicted in investigation of gangs in Hampton Roads: Like business partners in a merger, the Bounty Hunter Bloods and Nine Tech Gangsters joined forces to maximize their profit and influence in neighborhoods in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk, federal authorities allege.
Source:  Date: 4/12/2010
 Va. murder suspect had been allowed to leave juvenile jail to go to dentist: A Fairfax County teenager who was locked up on malicious wounding charges and with previous gun and gang convictions was allowed to leave jail with his mother for a dentist's appointment last fall with the approval of a Fairfax probation officer.
Source: Washington Post   Date: 4/12/2010
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