Gang Members Indicted
Nine members of the Wildmeda Crips Gang from Far Rockaway have been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly attempting to shoot rival gang members during several incidents in 2015 through 2017, the Queens district attorney said.
The defendants include Kamel Cardwell, 25, Michael Brown, 25, Matthew Llorente, 20, Tyrell Durham, 29, Dashawn Young, 22, Freddie Lawson, 23, Kavaun Harper, 21, and Remon Newsom, 25. Charges in the case include attempted murder, conspiracy, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, reckless endangerment.
If convicted, the defendants face anywhere from 15 to 25 years in prison, Queens DA Richard Brown said. The defendants are awaiting arraignment.
All of the defendants are alleged to have operated around the Ocean Bay Housing Development between Alameda Avenue and Beach Channel Drive from Beach 51st Street to Beach 54th Street.
According to the 52-count indictment, between April 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016, the defendants allegedly targeted members of the 70Gs, Edgemere Bloods, Flammers and any other gang that ventured into what the defendants considered their territory. Over the course of the investigation, social media postings and phone conversations allegedly uncovered top-ranking gang members ordering subordinates to kill or injure their rivals, carry out assaults and acquire weapons.
Cardwell, who is alleged to be a high-ranking member of the Wildmeda Crips, is accused of attempting to fatally shoot a 70Gs gang member on June 1, 2015, the DA said. Brown is alleged to have shot and injured a member of the Flammers gang on July 11, 2015.
Other alleged shootings carried out by the men include one on Alameda Avenue on Dec. 26, 2015 that was aimed at SOS Bloods members and another on July 3, 2016 inside of an apartment building on Beach Channel Drive.