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Thirteen Members Of Violent Gang Charged In White Plains

Yonkers Police contributed to a multi-department investigation that included the FBI to arrest 13 alleged gang members in Yonkers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York.
Yonkers Police contributed to a multi-department investigation that included the FBI to arrest 13 alleged gang members in Yonkers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York. Photo Credit: File Photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A superseding indictment unsealed Wednesday charged 13 members and associates of a Yonkers-based street gang with racketeering, violent crimes, narcotics conspiracy, and firearms offenses, according a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.

The original indictment, filed in July 2014, charged three "Grimy (Expletive Deleted)" affiliates with offenses related to the murder of Tyrone Arthur on Dec. 27, 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wednesday’s superseding indictment charged 10 additional members and associates of the gang, as well as the three defendants previously charged, with a variety of crimes including ones relating to the maiming of a rival gang member on March 27, 2010.

Eleven of the 13 defendants charged in the superseding indictment were arrested Wednesday or have previously been taken into custody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The defendants arrested Wednesday were presented in White Plains federal court. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

According to the allegations in the superseding indictment and other public documents cited by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the "Grimy (Expletive Deleted)" has been a criminal enterprise operating in and around the Schlobohm Housing Projects in Yonkers from at least 2008 through 2014.

“As alleged, this Yonkers-based gang plagued the community of the Schlobohm Housing Projects with drug dealing and lethal violence,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the press release. “With today’s indictment and arrests, we are another step closer to making the streets and citizens in this neighborhood safer.”

The 10-count superseding indictment, United States v. Da’Quan Johnson, charges Da’Quan Johnson, James Johnson, Kenneth Moore, Jameke Brown, Daquan Couch, Darin Fields, Anthony Ford, Floyd Gilham, Christopher Grebinger, Ronnie King, Gerald Martin, James McCallum and Wilbur Randolph with conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization  statute and with discharging firearms during their participation in the conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As in the initial indictment, Da’ Quan Johnson and Moore are also charged with racketeering murder, conspiracy to commit the same, and a firearms offense in connection with the Dec. 27, 2013, shooting death of Tyrone Arthur, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

James Johnson is charged with serving as an accessory after the fact to the Dec. 27, 2013, murder as well as with attempted murder, maiming, and a firearms offense in connection with the March 27, 2010, shooting of a rival gang member that left the victim paralyzed, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Defendants Da’ Quan Johnson, James Johnson, Brown, Couch, Gilham, King, McCallum, and Randolph are also charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The arrests were the result of investigative work by the FBI’s Westchester Violent Crimes Task Force, Homeland Security, the City of Yonkers Police Department, the Westchester County Police, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation is continuing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Hartman and Douglas Zolkind are in charge of the prosecution.

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