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Gang Members Charged With Murder, Other Felonies In White Plains Court

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Photo Credit: File photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Federal officials announced Thursday the indictment of 11 members and associates of a Yonkers-based street gang, “Cruddy 650,” with participation in a racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy, bank robbery, firearms offenses and witness tampering.

Nine of the 11 defendants charged in the indictment previously were in state or federal custody. The other two were arrested this week.

“As alleged, members of the Cruddy 650 gang terrorized the streets and businesses of southwest Yonkers with countless robberies and other acts of violence," said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a press release. "Members of the gang also allegedly took their criminal activities on the road, traveling to Florida, leading to tragic consequences for murder victim Andre Folsom and his family.”

According to the indictment at White Plains Federal Court and other documents:

Cruddy 650 members and associates protected and promoted the gang’s power and territory and sought to enrich its members, through acts of violence, intimidation, and the sale of illegal drugs, according to Bharara.

During the time period relevant to the indictment, members and associates of Cruddy 650 were responsible for multiple shootings and attempted murders, street robberies, robberies of banks and other businesses, bank fraud, witness tampering and the distribution of narcotics, including crack cocaine and marijuana, Bharara said. Victims of the shootings and other acts of violence perpetrated by members of Cruddy 650 included both rival gang members and innocent bystanders.

The indictment charges Diondre Carlisle, Mykai Davis, Rakeem Flowers, Tyrone Smith, Kevin Wiltshire, Saudy Guerrero, Darnell Kidd, James Morris and Paul Negrin with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses in connection with that alleged conspiracy.

Wiltshire also is being charged with murder in aid of racketeering activity and a related firearms offense and bank robbery.

The others face a variety of additional charges, including bank robbery, attempted bank robbery, witness tampering, Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy and firearms offenses related to the Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy.

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