40 suspected Bronx gang members indicted on charges connected to murder, stabbings, DA says

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(Bronx District Attorney's Office)

Alleged gang leader Latique Johnson gave orders to attack rival gangs from his Rikers cell. (Bronx District Attorney’s Office)

THE BRONX — Forty alleged Bronx gang members – including the suspected leader of the Blood Hound Brims – were indicted Thursday on charges connected to years of violent crimes,  the Bronx District Attorney announced.

The defendants are facing conspiracy charges for more than 40 crimes in the Fordham section of the Bronx dating back to 2012. The charges include four homicides and five stabbings.

“These defendants – more than 40 of them – are accused of terrorizing a small section of the Bronx by committing a laundry list of homicides, shootings, stabbings and robberies,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton.

Though three of the defendants are still at large, 18 were arrested Wednesday and 19 are currently incarcerated, DA Darcel Clark said. Most of them have been arraigned and are due back in court Nov. 2.

One of the defendants, a 13-year-old boy, was charged in Family Court, Clark said. Older gang members allegedly used him to sell drugs or hold guns for them.

The 95-count indictment covers murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, conspiracy, assault, gang assault, criminal use of a firearm and robbery, among other charges.

Gang members allegedly shot and killed Orlando Gonzalez, Angel Cesar, Leonard Hines and Jose Feliciano. There were also five stabbings, two non-fatal shooting, 11 incidents of shots fired, five felony assaults and seven robberies, prosecutors said.

Police began investigating the Nine-Four crew a year ago. Members were mostly Blood Hound Brims, but they were also affiliated with Sex Money Murder, the Young Bosses, Macballas, Red House Gunners and Loyal Street Gangstas, according to the DA. Gang disputes turned a swath of the Fordham neighborhood into a battleground, Clark said.

“The dismantling of this vicious crew is another step in removing the core group of criminals who are responsible for most of the violence in the Bronx, and it shows the tenacious work of our prosecutors and the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division,” Clark said.