NORWOOD, The Bronx — Thirteen people allegedly part of a subset of the Bloods gang named the Blood Hounds were arrested in connection with a dangerous crime wave over the past two years, the Bronx District Attorney announced this week.
Authorities have Facebook to thank for their latest roundup: The culprits were taking to social media to brag about shootings in the 52nd Precinct, officials said, and that's exactly how they got caught.
"Gangs and guns are two of the most serious and troubling problems we are still dealing within the Bronx," Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said. "Thanks to the efforts of the NYPD, its gang intelligence unit...we have made a significant dent in the problem that plagues our residents."
Johnson said 13 people were arrested ranging in age from 17 to 20 years old. Some were 15 years old when the investigations began, he said. Others include a father and son, and a set of brothers who were running the streets for the past two years and shooting to kill or intimidate their victims, Johnson said.
What they didn't account for were the social media savvy detectives.
Along with walking the beat, investigators let their fingers do the walking – trolling Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where the suspects would talk about their crimes and even sell illegal guns.
In one example, during the early evening of Oct. 30, 2013, members of the Blood Hounds shot and wounded a man named Omar Martinez. In the wee hours of the next morning, Percy "Chino Hound" Ochoa posted on Facebook "man down."
They also allegedly were active in the drug trade and were selling to undercover NYPD officers.
In the latest crime numbers for the past two years in Norwood, it appears NYPD's efforts are paying off as figures show overall crime is down slightly.
If convicted, some of the suspects can face as many as 25 years in prison.