Brooklyn gang members cuffed for multiple shootings and fraud charges

Six members of a Brooklyn-based gang were arrested on a slew of charges related to multiple shootings and racketeering, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Brooklyn residents Darrius Sutton, 24, also known as “Blizz Meecho,” Trava Selby, 27, also known as “Stoney,” Andrew Simpson, 24, also known as “Drewski,” Tyshawn Sumpter, 28, also known as “GT,” as well as Hoboken, NJ resident Ronnie Warren, 25, also known as “Bossman Horse,” and Rembert, SC resident Corey Williams, 27, also known as “Moncler Mellz,” were charged with racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in-aid-of racketeering—including attempted murder and murder conspiracy—firearms offenses, drug dealing and fraud.

According to the indictment, the defendants are alleged members and associates of a violent East New York gang called “Bamalife,” which has ongoing and violent rivalries with other gangs in East New York and elsewhere in Brooklyn. Simpson and Warren were arrested on April 26 and will be arraigned later in the afternoon, while Bulsara. Selby, who is presently in New York State custody, and Sutton, Sumpter and Williams who are already in federal custody on related charges, will be arraigned at a later date. During Simpson’s arrest, members of law enforcement allegedly recovered a Glock handgun with an extended ammunition clip from the defendant’s pants.

“As alleged in the superseding indictment, the defendants wreaked havoc in East New York and nearby neighborhoods, with innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire as members of Bamalife carried out senseless violence directed against rival gangs,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace. “This Office, together with our law enforcement partners, are working tirelessly to protect our communities by dismantling criminal enterprises that are engines of a broad range of crimes, taking the violent gang members off the street and stopping the cycle of gun-related violence.”

Today’s charges further illustrate our unwavering commitment to dismantling violent gangs while taking illegal guns off our streets,” said NYPD Commissioner  Keechant L. Sewell. “We use every resource available to keep our neighborhoods safe, and any person who puts New Yorkers at risk must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I want to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the FBI’s New York Field Office, the Office of the Inspector General’s New York Regional Office, and all the investigators involved in this important case.”

The defendants are charged for their alleged roles in six non-fatal shootings in East New York and elsewhere in Brooklyn that left 12 people injured. In each incident, the defendants allegedly financed their violent shooting spree through drug dealing and various forms of fraud, including bank fraud and unemployment benefits fraud.

The first incident took place on Aug. 11, 2019. On this date, Sutton allegedly accosted a member of a rival gang after a party in East New York. He allegedly demanded to know if the victim was a member of the rival gang and then began shooting and pursuing the intended victim as the victim attempted to flee. Sutton allegedly struck and seriously injured his intended target and also struck an innocent bystander in the leg.

Next, on April 20, 2020, Sutton allegedly ambushed a man in the vicinity of 375 Sheffield Avenue. Surveillance footage allegedly shows Sutton approaching the victim undetected from behind, drawing his weapon, firing several shots and striking the victim in the chest, thigh and wrist before fleeing the scene. Following Sutton’s arrest for this shooting, Warren allegedly took images of Sutton shooting his victim and posted them to Instagram with the message: “MY BOY GREAT.”

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