Bk. Gang-Bangers Booked For Murders
Three reputed members of a violent street gang were indicted last week on federal charges that they allegedly committed six murders and other crimes around Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York over the last 14 years.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch identified the trio as Christian (a.k.a. Five, P and Pinero) Keston John, 30; Shaquan (a.k.a. Quan) Jones, 31; and Marvin (a.k.a. Snoog) Johnson, 30, all of which are part of what was called the “Hull Street Crew.”
Johnson was arraigned on the charges last Wednesday, Feb. 12, while John and Jones appeared in court last Friday, Feb. 14. If convicted of murder, they each could face the death penalty.
Law enforcement sources said the three crew members were allegedly responsible for six murders in eastern Brooklyn between 2000 and 2011, some of which occurred in gruesome ways.
One of their alleged victims- Earl Kevin Obermuller, who was murdered in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Nov. 27, 2006-was tied to a chair and set on fire, authorities said.
In another homicide, prosecutors noted, the crew bound Jason Bostic and Aaron Formey in April 2011, pushed them down a basement stairwell and shot each of them multiple times.
The three suspects were also allegedly involved in a number of violent armed robberies and a dog fighting ring, it was reported.
“As set forth in the indictment, the Hull Street Crew rained down brutal violence onto the streets of Brooklyn for over a decade,” Lynch said in a statement. “The defendants pledged their allegiance to the crew and its violent methods, committing a brutal murder and other senseless acts of violence. This indictment brings to a halt the Hull Street Crew’s reign of terror over the streets of Brooklyn.”
“Violence is the rule, not the exception, in the Hull Street Crew,” added FBI Assistant Director-in- Charge George Venizelos. “As alleged, this criminal enterprise used illegal means, including murder and kidnapping, to intimidate rivals and instill fear in the innocent public.”
“Members of this violent and vicious crew operated on the streets of Brooklyn for more than a decade, but with this investigation and indictment, we send a message to those who choose to operate within a ruthless criminal operation-you will be brought to justice and eradicated from our communities,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Celia A. Cohen, Gina M. Parlovecchio and Robert T. Polemeni are prosecuting the case.