Two of New York City’s gangs have been downsized a tad by law enforcement after a recent sweep. Today, December 9, 21 members of the Young Guns and 18 Park sets were rounded up by New York police, piled into vans and hauled off to Manhattan Federal Court, on a slew of charges. Around 6AM, the police swarmed the Paterson Houses in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx to do the deed. According to the NY Daily News:
They face multiple drug, weapons possession and assault charges, authorities said. They are also responsible for at least one killing — and a shooting in which a bullet tore through a police officer’s hat, according to officials.
The gangsters were loaded onto the vans at the 49th Precinct in what proved to be quite the show. One yelled out “It’s not fair! it’s not fair!” Another warned photographers not to take any pictures, while three others flipped the bird in the direction of cameras. Another implored onlookers for a cigarette.
The bust didn’t stop there. Two more soldiers were knocked near Massena, NY, by the Canadian border. The apprehended join 30 other members who have already been locked up. The most serious charge of today’s arrest stems from the near slaying of an NYPD officer last summer, during a gunfight:
During that June 8, 2014 incident, a police officer was running to a gunfight between the 18 Park gang and the Squared gang at E. 145th St. and Third Ave. when a bullet punched through his hat, which he was holding in his hand.
There are said to be 50 gangbangers named in the indictment. More details are expected to be read on Wednesday in court.