Eight Members of Local Bloods Gang Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges
by Jim Kouri
Eight members of the 662 Boss Piru gang, which purports to be a sect of the notorious, nationwide Bloods gang, have been charged by a federal grand jury in a 19-count indictment.
The indictment includes conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity, kidnapping in aid of racketeering activity and numerous local offenses, including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of sexual abuse and obstructing justice, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy L. Lanier, and Joseph Persichini Jr., Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Washington Field Office, announced on Monday.
The eight defendants are: Albert M. Price, 31, also known as "Original Gangster" and "Hellmary," the believed leader of the gang; Marisa R. Gibson, 31, also known as "Angel of Death" and "Lady 151," the believed leader of the female members of the gang; Deandre R. Tolson, 22, also known as "Bloody Sniper" and "Hellmary Jr."; Marlowe St. Claire, 20, also known as "Bloody Lo"; Ceasar M. Hall, 19, also known as "Bloody Banger"; Latoye S. Morrison, 19, also known as "Lady Wax"; Lewis E. Fields, 21, also known as "Little Psycho"; and Dimitri Hightower, 29, also known as "Miciyh Jenkins" and "Bloody Micky."
The indictment was returned under seal on September 9, 2008, and unsealed last Friday, September 12, 2008, following the arrest of several of the defendants. The defendants were arraigned starting on Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. If convicted of the charges, the defendants face the possibility of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
"The horrific and violent kidnapping and assault of a young female gang member in this case by her alleged fellow gang members is a prime example of why we must be vigilant in not allowing gangs to get a foothold in our community," said U.S. Attorney Taylor.
"Working with our law enforcement partners, we will use every tool in our arsenal to bring to justice those who engage in violent criminal conduct. This indictment sends a clear message to gang members who engage in such criminal activity that there are grave consequences for their actions," he said.
"The arrests of these individuals are a part of our continued law enforcement efforts to rid our streets of violent crime," said MPD Chief Lanier. "The District of Columbia is not and will not be a place where individuals can engage in violent activity."
"Today's announcement regarding the indictment and arrest of several members of the Bloods serves as a strong reminder that the FBI will continue to investigate reports of any violent or gang-related activity to ensure the safety of our community and its citizens," said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Persichini.
The indictment alleges that the defendants are members of a criminal organization known as 662 Boss Piru, a "sect" of, that is, a sub-group of, or gang affiliated with, the Bloods gang, a violent, nationwide gang. The indictment alleges that the 662 Boss Piru gang is a criminal enterprise that has operated since at least 2004, and which engages in a variety of criminal activities including prostitution, narcotics dealing, assault, threats, witness intimidation, kidnapping and robbery in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and elsewhere.
According to the indictment, members of the 662 Boss Piru gang use intimidation, violence and threats of violence, including assault and kidnapping, to discipline and punish enterprise members and associates who violate enterprise rules or were disloyal.
The indictment further alleges that on June 8-9, 2008, the eight defendants kidnapped and assaulted a fellow young female gang member who was attempting to leave the gang. The alleged assault occurred in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, in a secluded area, six of the defendants, Gibson, Tolson, St. Claire, Hall, Morrison, and Fields, are alleged to have forced the fellow gang member to perform sexual acts with four men that she did not know.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.