Facebook Leads To Fall Of Two Brooklyn Gangs; "Very Crispy Gangsters" Are Crispy No More
|Advice for gangsters: stop talking about illegal shit on Facebook!|
Unfortunately for the gangsters, authorities can also access Facebook, which is why 49 thugs are now behind bars, many of which are facing murder charges.
The dead-gangster tally doesn't include a handful of innocent victims of the street war for a section of East New York, including a 10-year-old boy who was hit with a stray bullet while watching TV in his own home. That shooting -- as well as several others -- also have been linked to the gangs.
Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced this afternoon that the two gangs have been "taken down," with 27 Rockstarz and 22 VCG members indicted on various gang-related charges.
"Detectives used social media as well as good old fashioned police work to track these killers," Kelly says.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says the gangsters would send friend requests to rival gangsters with the lone purpose of threatening and provoking them.
According to the indictment, the war between the rival gangs waged for three years, and started with the murder of VCG gangster Taquan "Tay Weez" Crandell, by Rockstarz gang member Michael Allen Reid, in September 2009.
As the war waged on, there were two other VCG casualties, including the murder of Namadi Simpson on April 9, 2010, and Johnny Santiago, who was beaten to death on June 6, 2011.
Following Santiago's murder, Rockstarz posted the "3-0" comment on Facebook, supposedly referencing the three murders.
VCG members sought revenge for the murders of their buddies -- but their aim apparently sucks; at least three innocent people were shot by VCG members who were trying to take out Rockstarz.
As much as the two gangs hate each other, they apparently hate the criminal justice system even more.
The indictment alleges that gangsters from each gang cooperated with each other to prevent witnesses from testifying against them in various criminal trials.
In a recorded call from Riker's Island, Rockstarz member Geraldo Mena told VCG member Brandon Matos the names of VCG witnesses who would testify against him. Matos then offered to prevent the witnesses from making their court appearance.
In all, 11 VCG gangsters and 16 Rockstarz are charged with conspiracy in the first degree. Others are also charged with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, and 16 are charged additionally with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.