“Nine Alleged Gang Members Indicted”

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From MPD:

Eight men and one woman have been indicted on conspiracy and other charges alleging that they were part of a gang that committed robberies, assaults, thefts and other crimes in Northwest Washington this year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced today.

According to the indictment, the defendants are members of a crew called “Show Out” that committed crimes in the Chinatown, U Street and Adams Morgan areas. The indictment alleges that, since at least Jan. 1, 2012, the crew’s members canvassed the areas looking for targets of opportunity and teamed up to assault their victims, rob them of items of value, or both.

The crew also is accused of engaging in “flash mob” style robberies at drug stores, convenience
stores, and gas stations, in which multiple members flooded in to the business at the same time,
overwhelming and intimidating the staff, and stealing items. The indictment was returned Nov. 8, 2012, by a grand jury in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. It followed an extensive investigation by the MPD. Six of the defendants were arraigned today and the others are awaiting court appearances.

Those indicted include Bernard Trowell, also known as “McLovin,”19, described in the indictment as “the self-styled president” of the group, and two others who allegedly had senior positions, identified as Deandre M. Williams, 18, and Quayshawn L. Leggett, 20. Also indicted were: Angel Collier, 18; James D. Matheny, 18; Travis L. Morris, 20; Brandon J. Steele, 18; Wayne E. Wheeler, 20, and Ricardo J. Williams, 20, of D.C.

All of the defendants are from Washington, D.C.

31 Comment

  • glad they put an end to this senseless violence.

    that’s right, senseless. you heard me.

  • McLovin?? I thought he never got in trouble with the cops for anything.

    • Maybe it’s really MC Lovin’ and the police misread his name.

    • If you Google his name, you get the following:

      Picture: http://daoriginalz.squarespace.com/storage/mclovin%202.JPG?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1328144904481

      Bernard “Mclovin” Trowell was born and raised in Washington DC. Bernard was inspired to dance from watching old beat ya feet clips of some of the top dancers in the city.With commitment and consistency he quickly became a favorite within the beat ya feet community. Bernard is the founder of the Show Out dance group, and is one of the most laid back individuals you could meet.He’s been compared to as having a split personality when it comes to his dance style, he is the complete opposite of his personal behavior. He mixes robotics, isolations, illusions, inpersonations, and comedy to create his vivid style.He already has proven to be one of the best and defitenetly has the potential of become a legend in the near future.

  • It will be interesting to see how they will be charged. Can they charge the entire gang for crimes even when some of the members were not present or part of the a particular attack?

  • They’re just frustrated, angry young people reacting to gentrification!

    • I think you’re kidding, but unfortunately there are plenty of people who will write crap like that and actually mean it.

      • No, that’s just what people write to belittle thoughtful examination of the causes of crime.

        • Absolutely right. But if you’re coming here for something more thoughtful than rants about public housing and the need to execute more criminals, you’ll be sadly disappointed.

  • not Quayshawn! he was always such a quiet boy…

  • Senior positions? Yeah in their own delusional minds. All they were was bunch of piece-of-sh*t street thugs who robbed and assaulted people. They were part a of a group of violent, useless a**holes, nothing more. Hopefully these scumbags rot in jail for a long time.

    • I may need a moment to understand the reason for committing these crimes. Perhaps it has something to do with being “have-nots” in a world of “haves”.

      • You are insulting the vast majority of the world’s population – who would certainly be considered “have nots” by any standard – with this ridiculous comment. These were not starving people stealing food. They are vicious predators seeking enjoyment by attacking other people. And they are especially heinous by searching out “weak” victims.

        • agree victoria – but he was referring to the absurd comments that Pennyworth made yesterday about the robbery in Shaw.

          • Oh dear – slack off a couple of days here and you’re hopelessly out of everything! But I do appreciate, and am relieved by, and sincerely not being snarky/sarcastic about – your pointing out someone being facetious rather than a moron. (And screw the grammer/syntax here – because no way could I work it out.)

    • Does such a rant make you feel better? Seriously.

  • Pleased to see MPD brought down a crew and not just one or two perps. About time they focus on such troubling organized crime! Also, interesting to see the police use the term “thugs” and “terrorize” in their release.

  • Allison

    ” also known as “McLovin,”19 “– LOL!! Too bad he couldn’t be friends with an awesome police officer like the real McLovin.

  • Teens? Can we jail their parents/caretakers too?

  • Now if they can go after those raciest Black Hebrew Israelites.. never will happen.

    • Then they can go after the the masters of veiled racism who live on this blog.

      • There’s a lot of bigotry all around. Does calling it out make things better? I think it makes people more stubborn and set in their opinions.

    • Go after them for what? Exercising their right to free speech? They may look intimidating, but they are literally all talk. They aren’t out assaulting and/or mugging innocent people.

      • Well there very close, recently they threatened to kill someone that was walking by them in public. Ahh, we will just wait until they do like these other thugs that were caught. Well i guess you consider racism and threatening freedom of speech and not hate hummmm. I like how they told one girl to get back in the Kitchen..lol Aww well you protect them then.

      • actually they are assaulting people. they incite anger against a racial group and cause the apprehension of fear. they are not battering or mugging people, but you can not pretend that hate speech has no repercussions.

        now, why “nope” brought this up on a thread that has nothing to do with them is another matter.

  • Wow, this is some West Side Story shit. Dancing gangstas.

  • Where is the maiming by mob charge?

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