Gang Members Gunned Down Rival to Increase Reputation
BRONX- The Crips/Bloods feud erupted in gunfire and now murder charges are being leveled against members for killing their rival.
Prosecutors announced the indictment of five members of the Crips offshoot gang the Wild Card. The men are accused of gunning down a member of the rival Bloods gang to enhance their reputation.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the unsealing of superseding federal indictments charging RICHARD DRAYTON, a/k/a “Rad,” FRANKIE REYES, a/k/a “Biscuit,” ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Fetti,” TEVIN MABLE, a/k/a “Tot,” and JORGE IRIZARRY, a/k/a “Gito,” with gang-related crimes, including the March 13, 2015, murder of Johnathan Martinez, 18, in the Bronx, New York.
According to the Indictment:
DRAYTON, REYES, RODRIGUEZ, MABLE, and IRIZARRY were members of the “Wild Card” set of the Crips gang. The defendants sold drugs and used guns to further the aims of the Wild Cards.
On March 13, 2015, the defendants took part in the shooting murder of Johnathan Martinez in order to maintain and increase their reputation in the Wild Cards.
IRIZARRY, 25, of the Bronx,was arrested on March 2, 2019, near Ocala, Florida. He was presented in federal court in the Middle District of Florida and will be transported to the Southern District of New York to face charges.
MABLE, 26, of the Bronx, was arrested on February 28, 2019, near Kinston, North Carolina. He was presented in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, and will also be transported to the Southern District of New York to face charges.
DRAYTON, 43, of the Bronx, was arrested in the Bronx on Friday, February 22, 2019, and presented in this District before United States Magistrate Judge Ona Wang the same day.
REYES, 24, and RODRIGUEZ, 27, both of the Bronx, were already in federal custody on other charges.
The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.
Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD’s Bronx Violent Crime Squad and HSI’s Violent Gang Unit.
RICHARD DRAYTON, a/k/a “Rad,” FRANKIE REYES, a/k/a “Biscuit,” ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Fetti,” TEVIN MABLE, a/k/a “Tot,” and JORGE IRIZARRY, a/k/a “Gito,” with gang-related crimes, including the March 13, 2015, murder of Johnathan Martinez, 18, in the Bronx, New York.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “As alleged, the defendants were members of a violent gang who killed a young man from their neighborhood in a pointless, gang-related dispute.”
HSI Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez said: “As alleged, the individuals charged are members of the Crips gang who gunned down an 18-year-old man in the Bronx to bolster their street credibility.
“For this alleged violent crime, if convicted, they could face life sentences that would put an end to their racketeering and murderous ways. HSI remains committed to working alongside NYPD’s Bronx Violent Crime Squad.”
The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proved guilty.