PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES 15 GANG MEMBERS AFTER LENGTHY GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION

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Charges range from Gun Violations to Aggravated Assault to Homicide

PHILADELPHIA (April 14, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today announced that after an investigation by the Gun Violence Task Force and a review by the Investigating Grand Jury, he is charging 15 area gang members with charges that include Homicide, Firearms Violations, Aggravated Assault and Conspiracy for their role in a violent, ongoing feud and gun battle that occurred in North Philadelphia between February and June of 2014.

“Members of a group who identify themselves as ‘TNT’ have terrorized the citizens of North Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, literally having gun battles right outside their front doors, for months,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “I am committed to protecting and saving lives, especially young black men, and the citizens of Philadelphia should not be afraid to let their children play outside because of gun violence. We deserve safety in our streets and so I am grateful to the members of the Grand Jury, the Assistant District Attorneys in my Office, Agents from the Gun Violence Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide, Criminal Intelligence and Firearm Identification Units for their investigation.”

Beginning in February of 2014, members of the Tenth and Thompson Streets gang (TNT) began a violent feud with another rival organization. The fifteen members of TNT self-identify through their social media accounts, tattoos and clothing. TNT engaged in the following thirteen incidents of criminal activity; nine were shootings resulting in the seizure of ten illegal firearms:

  • Shooting at the One Tre Bar located at 13th and Cambria Sts. on February 15, 2014, at 1:26 a.m.;
  • Three arrests for firearm violations at 13th and Lehigh Sts. on February 17, 2014, at 11:36 p.m. three weapons were recovered;
  • Shooting at 2800 N. Park Ave. on February 19, 2014, at 12:30 a.m. seven fired cartridge casings and three bullets were recovered;
  • Shooting at 2700 Park Ave. on February 19, 2014 at 6:21 p.m. twenty-six fired cartridge casings from three different firearms were recovered;
  • Shooting at 18th and Ridge Ave. on February 27, 2014, at 5:40 p.m. eight fired cartridge casings from two guns;
  • Shooting at 900 W. Thompson St. on March 1, 2014, at 11:09 p.m. where twenty-four fired cartridge casings were recovered from four different handguns;
  • Shooting at 2900 N. 13th on March 6, 2014, at 11:56 p.m. two firearms were recovered and thirty-three fired cartridge casings from a total of four different firearms;
  • Shooting at 1124 W. Stiles St. at 7:40 p.m. followed by a firearm arrest at 1200 N. 11th on March 20, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.;
  • Firearm recovered at 1228 N. 10th on April 1, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.;
  • One arrest for firearm violations at 1013 Seybert Mall on April 13, 2014, at 11:21 p.m. one weapon was recovered which matches the ballistics from the shooting on February 27, 2014;
  • One arrest for firearm violations at 1200 Hutchinson St. on May 14, 2014, at 9:38 p.m. two weapons were recovered;
  • Shooting at 1300 W. Cambria St. on May 27, 2014, at 2:09 a.m. fourteen fired cartridge casings were recovered all from one firearm; and
  • One killed in a Homicide outside the Galaxy Bar located at Germantown and Rising Sun Aves. on June 22, 2014, at 1:33 a.m.

A full list of the 15 charged includes:

Criminal Conspiracy

Samir Akines (DOB: 10/29/1984), Amir Crippen (DOB: 7/23/1994), Kareem Grant (DOB: 10/23/1990), Rashad Hall (DOB: 1/24/1995), Vincent McClenney (DOB: 2/9/1988), Gregory Nash (DOB: 9/15/1988), Tyreese Scott (DOB: 5/22/1987), Ali Williams (DOB: 2/5/1987) and Hamin Williams, Sr. (DOB: 5/10/1978)

Criminal Conspiracy, Murder, Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia and Possession of an Instrument of Crime

Rashad Holcomb (DOB: 9/2/1988)

Criminal Conspiracy and Murder

Curshawn Banks (DOB: 8/3/1989) and Evette Brooks (DOB: 7/14/1981)

Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia and Possession of an instrument of Crime

Maurice Muldrow (DOB: 9/14/1989)

Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Carrying a Firearm Without a License and Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia

Christopher McClutchen (DOB: 3/13/1993) and Hamin Williams, Jr. (DOB: 10/17/1996)

Today, all 15 defendants are in custody and will appear in court for their Preliminary Hearing.


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