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October 13, 2011

Feds indict members of Bloods gang subset

[Note: Embedded video does not appear to be a Maryland Bloods member but was linked to on a Frederick South Side Brim member's YouTube account]

Read the full indictment here.

Two years after police found a gang roster in a Frederick motel room, federal authorities announced Thursday a racketeering indictment charging 35 alleged Bloods gang members with murder, kidnapping and other crimes from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore — a move they said had "dismantled" the gang.

Authorities say cells of the South Side Brims coordinated gang activity across the state and region, and court documents offer a tutorial on how modern criminal organizations operate, including posting photos and messages on Facebook, and uploading initiation videos on YouTube.

Those indicted are accused of at least one murder in Baltimore, an attempted murder in Wicomico County, a home invasion in Howard County, a kidnapping in Frederick, and witness intimidation in Allegany County, among a host of other alleged crimes.

"Gangs represent the most significant violent crime challenge we face throughout the state of Maryland," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, flanked at a Baltimore news conference by police officials from across the state. "We hope these gang indictments send a message to gang members and prospective gang members to get out while you can."

Frederick police chief Kim C. Dine said the case was "extremely significant" for his city, which he said has been conducting gang outreach work in recent years but is not immune to the spreading of gangs. "Sixteen of these gangsters are from Frederick, and it will have a huge impact on the city of Frederick and quality of life," he said.

The alleged leader of the gang was identified as Andre Ricardo Roach, a 34-year-old Prince George's County native. Known as "Redrum," he's accused of leading the gang since 2005 from behind bars at the North Branch Correctional Institute in Cumberland, where he is serving a 50-year sentence for second-degree murder.

Here's an article from the Frederick News Post from March in which a county detective told citizens that the South Side Brims were among several active sets there. 

The list of people charged is after the jump:

Andre Ricardo Roach, age 34;

   Monique Marie Hagler; age 27, of Suitland, Md; 

   Theodore Clifton Matthews, age 29, of Baltimore; 

   Richard Demoan Hall, Jr., age 27, of Cumberland; 

   Matthew Owen Colllins, age 27, of Cumberland; 

   Brandon Isiah Fossett, age 27, of Frederick; 

   Durell Jarric Clayter, age 26, of Frederick; 

   Altonia Manley, III, age 22, of Frederick; 

   Marcel Anthony  Williams, age 20, of Frederick; 

   Dominic Antonio Grey, age 27, of Frederick; 

   Jimarr Tyrell King, age 23, of Frederick, Md; 

   Derell Len Prue, age 20, of Frederick; 

   Gerald Lee Dorsey, Jr., age 24, Frederick; 

   Kennea Keith Diggs, Jr., age 32, Frederick; 

   Paul Travis Cox, age 20, of Frederick; 

   Van Johnson Weedon, age 19, of Frederick; 

   Morris Jermaine Goodwin, age 19, of Frederick;

Courtney Alan Gates, age 28, of Frederick; 

   Fitzgerald Donald Reid, age 21, of Frederick; 

   Kylynn Charmonix Williams, age 19, of Frederick; 

   Richard Lee Thompson, age 22, of Frederick; 

   William Michael Black, age 22, of Stevensville, Md; 

   Dontell Lamont Guy, age 24; 

   Yancy Lamont White, age 23, of Salisbury, Md; 

   Antonio Jovan Dennis, age 29, of Stevensville; 

   Kyle Alexander Carey, age 20, of Salisbury; 

   Justin Rashaad Harris, age 19, of Eden, Md; 

   Antonio Javier Landers, age 24, of Howard County; 

   Aurelio Manuel Barahona, age 24, of Howard County; 

   Donnell Antonio Lewis, age 30, of Annapolis, Md.; 

   Donnell Moses Stewart, age 24, of Severn, Md.; 

   Renard Mitchell, age 25, of Baltimore; 

   Darryl Rashad Smith, age 29, of Howard County; 

   Joseph Aaron Artis, age 22, of Howard County; 

   Alex Antonio Mendoza, age 23, of Howard County.


What is the relevance of the video? Why put it up there?

The story goes into how gang members are posting things to social media and YouTube. So I posted a video posted by an apparent gang member to YouTube. -JF

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