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Gang Roundup Nets 3NG
Authorities rounded up the second score of alleged gang members in as many months on Thursday. Beginning at 6 a.m., police fanned out to pick up members of the 3NG gang as part of a 30-count racketeering indictment filed today in state court. Authorities have pinpointed as many as 21 people in connection with the gang, which counts its boundaries as S. Galvez St., S. Claiborne Ave., Washington Ave. and Jackson Ave.
Two of the 21 members remain at large, according to NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas. They are Kentrell "Black" Hickerson and Kevin Lynch, who is also known as "Weefus," or "Pee Wee."
"We are on them. Turn yourself in," Cannizzaro said of the fugitives.
3NG members are accused of responsibility for 10 murders since October, 2008, including the death of 2-year-old Keira Holmes just before Christmas in 2011, said Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. Gang members Tyrone "T-Bone" Knockum and Terrioues "T-Red" Owney are accused in the murder, which occurred outside the B.W. Cooper Housing Complex while children were playing. Police later determined 19-year-old Emmett Allen, who was walking in the area at the time, was the itended target.
Investigators tracked the gang's operations to May, 2005, according to Cannizzaro. 3NG members trafficked in drugs and violence to maintain control of their territory, Cannizzaro said.
Local authorities traced the group using the recently formed Multi Agency Gang Unit, which pools resources between the police, feds, district attorneys office and other local law enforcers. The 3NG roundup follows the recent state indictment against the 110ers gang, which was found responsible for the death of five-year-old Briana Allen. Last week, members of Allen's family were charged in a federal drug indictment.
Even as the arrests are piling up, the strength of the case against the various gang members remains to be tested in court. Cannizzaro was asked whether the complexity of the cases is a drain on an already overloaded state court system.
"If you're telling me these are too complicated cases for the courts to handle, I say that's too bad," Cannizzaro said. "We're not going to modify our standards for what may be the least common denominator in that building."
Orleans Parish in particular has seen many high-profile arrests fail to result in convictions. Cannizzaro said charging all of the gang members in one indictment allows prosecutors to paint a clearer picture of criminal activity to the jurors. By trying the members all at the same time, the DA's office can now detail the "whole story," including sagas including drug sales, murders and retribution killings.
"We can give the jury the entire picture of how dangerous those individuals are for that particular Uptown neighborhood," Cannizzaro said.
Here are pictures and names of the alleged 3NG members, provided by NOPD:
Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,
Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson
Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz
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