NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A federal grand jury has indicted 10 alleged members of the"Dump Squad" street gang, bringing a total of 39 charges againstthem.
Federal, state and local law enforcement along with the ActingU.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana J. Boente,made the announcement at a press conference Friday morning inNewport News.
Among the list of charges include Murders, Attempted Murders,Robberies, Assaults, Arson, Witness Intimidation, NarcoticsDistribution and Weapons Violations.
Those indicted range from 20 to 27-years-old and all were fromNewport News. The suspects are identified as Edward D. Davis,Martin J. Manley, Latroy A. Urquhart, Cordero B. Ellis, Twann D.Bugg, Steven A. Davis, Rickey Irving Rice, Samuel Leslie Bates,III, Ty Ramon Davis, and Travis T. Horton. Authorities say an 11thsuspect, Tina Whalen, was indicted as an accessory after thefact.
“This indictment should reassure the residents of NewportNews that criminal organizations that use repeated violence andwitness intimidation can be taken down and brought tojustice,” said Boente. “Today’s announcement isthe result of law enforcement at all levels acting as one team tofight street gangs in our communities, and we will continue to worktogether to pursue these cases.”
Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's NorfolkDivision, added, "The arrest of these 10 alleged Dump Squad membersrepresents an excellent multi-agency effort achieved through theinvestigative strategies of the Peninsula Safe Streets Task Force,which serves as a model for the implementation of an effectiveanti-gang effort and one that I hope the citizens of Newport Newsand Hampton can rely upon."
The indictment states that members of the "Dump Squad"identified themselves by the color red, hand signs and tattoos. Thegang also used names such as "Slump Mobb" and "Bang Gang,"according to the indictment.
Newport News Police Chief Jim Fox has a stern warning for theDump Squad and any other gangs in Newport News.
""We're not going to tolerate violence. We're going to do whatwe have to do to dismantle the gangs, cut them off at the top andthe bottom and we're coming after you. If you are a gang membertoday, I'd look over your shoulder because we're following you,we're looking at you, we're going to target you, and we're going totake you off the street," says Fox.
WAVY.com was the only news organization in the federal courtroomtoday as five of the 10 suspected gang members walked inhandcuffed. All answered the judge's question with quiet yesand no answers.
The judge read off 26 felony counts between the five and saidthey will stay in "temporary detainment" of the U.S. Marshals untilanother hearing that is scheduled for next week.
Fox also has a warning for children thinking of getting involvedwith gangs like the Dump Squad.
"You don't want to end up with your name being read off on a daylike today. Join the Boys and Girls Club. Go to school and join aclub. Go to the YMCA. Go to church groups. Don't join a gang,because when you join a gang, and you get involved with violence,this is how it's going to end up...we're going to come after you.We're committed to making our communities safe," says Fox.
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