- Gov. Rick Perry: ‘It’s not a dare, it’s a promise’; Texas will fight BLM
- Howard Dean cheers Obama’s approach to Russian aggression
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s childhood nickname? ‘The Surprise’
- Democrat Grimes backs Keystone XL pipeline in Kentucky Senate race
- China spends for 17 new warships as U.S. cuts back military
- In Japan, Obama plays soccer with a robot and warns students of climate change
- FDA proposes ban on e-cigarette sales to minors
- Wyoming gas plant explosion sends entire town fleeing
- Aborted fetuses from British Columbia incinerated in Oregon plant to make electricity
- Motolotov cocktail thrown a Brooklyn mini-mart
Nine gang members indicted on charges of attacking vulnerable people
Nine gang members attacked and robbed the homeless and other vulnerable people in a spree of crimes centered around busy corridors of the District — including Chinatown, U Street and Adams Morgan — authorities said Thursday as they announced indictments of the gang.
Eight men and one woman face charges including robbery, assault and conspiracy from eight separate incidents that occurred in June, though officials said the members of the "Show Out" gang have been active since at least January.
According to the indictment, filed in D.C. Superior Court, the gang members canvassed the areas looking for easy targets — such as those traveling alone, the homeless, and those who appeared vulnerable or were distracted by cell phones. They would then assault and rob victims.
On one night alone, police said gang members attacked three men, including a homeless man whose backpack they stole, a man they beat unconscious, and another man at whom they yelled racial epithets and continued beating even after he offered up his wallet, the indictment states.
The gang also is accused of engaging in "flash mob" style robberies at area drug stores, convenience stores and gas stations.
"This violent gang of thugs roved around the city targeting victims for robbery and other crimes," said Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier in a statement.
Among those indicted was the gang's "the self-styled president" Bernard Trowell, 19, who went by the nickname "McLovin." Others indicted are District residents Deandre M. Williams, 18; Quayshawn L. Leggett, 20; Angel Collier, 18; James D. Matheny, 18; Travis L. Morris, 20; Brandon J. Steele, 18; Wayne E. Wheeler, 20; and Ricardo J. Williams, 20.
Mr. Trowell was arrested in July. Court records indicate that his jail calls were being monitored as prosecutors were ordered at a hearing Thursday to turn the calls over to defense attorneys.
The case is set for a trial in February.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray, CFO over budget autonomy law
- D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray over budget autonomy law
- Guilty verdict in execution-style killings of 2 women, 2 children in Lanham
- Minority parties see power grab for D.C. vote
- Two bodies found under bridge near Southeast D.C. highway
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- Obama avoids 'red line' for China, prepared to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- In the company of a saint: Catholic Church will canonize Pope John Paul and Pope John XXIII
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- In its hunt for Senate, Republican candidates campaign against Harry Reid
- CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend
- Washington Redskins' 2014 schedule opens with Texans
- NAPOLITANO: A legal way to kill?
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014