NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Another victory for Hampton Roads as the 11th alleged member ofthe Dump Squad street gang was arrested in Newport News, Wednesday.Rickey Rice, AKA "Munchie," was considered armed and dangerous byinvestigators. Officials say he is now with 10 other alleged DumpSquad gangsters already in U.S Marshal custody.
Six alleged Dump Squad street gang members were in federal courtWednesday, in Norfolk, where they requested to be held without bonduntil their trial date. The judge granted that request. Rice wasalso in court, Wedesday, for his initial hearing, just four hoursafter his arrest.
The capture of Rickey Rice was big news, Wednesday, showingNewport News Police Chief Jim Fox is true to his word.
"If you are a gang member...I'd look over your shoulder becausewe're following you. We're looking at you. We're going to targetyou and we're going to take you off the street," says Fox.
After the Chief's warning Friday, Rice now joins 10 alleged DumpSquad members who face more than 100 years in prison ifconvicted. Between the men and woman listed in a federalindictment, they're accused of "at least three murders, severalattempted murders, robberies, assaults, arson, witnessintimidation, drug trafficking and weapons violations."
Dana Boente, acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern Virinia, says theDump Squad is accused of terrorizing the Ridley Circle, HarborHomes, and Dickerson Court areas of Newport News.
A recent WAVY.com interview with FBI Special Agent in ChargeAlex Turner revealed the Dump Squad is one of 116 gangs in HamptonRoads. The alleged members arrested are 11 of 6,000 total gangmembers throughout the area.
On Wednesday, the judge ruled Rice will be detained by U.S.Marshals at least until his detention hearing scheduled for the endof this week. Rice is charged with racketeering, selling drugs,robbery, maiming, and more.
Rice told the judge he is a father. He said he has an 8 year-oldand a 3 year-old. Rice was considered a federal fugitive untilinvestigators say a Crime Line tip lead to his arrest in the 7300block of River Road in Newport News.
No trial date has been set for the alleged Dump Squad members.Rice's detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The quick arrest of Rice today proves the Crime Line worksaccording to Newport News Police. The caller did not have to giveany personal information and now could be eligible for a reward ofup to $1,000.
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