In July, a shooter opened fire on a crowd on the East Side of Cleveland from a van. Police later found that van abandoned. No charges filed. Later in the month, Octavius Hudson, 18, tried to rob a woman he met online at the Warrensville Heights Hotel after having sex with her. When her friend, Elizabeth Marie O’Brien, tried to stop him, he shot her in the chest, killing her. His trial is set to begin in November. His accomplice, Marcellus “Ali” Webster is still at large. The connection in this case is the aggressors in both incidents are believed to be members of the Lakeview 2 Locke gang. The gang made headlines yesterday as Cleveland police announced a long list of indictments against nine Lakeview 2 Locke members. Authorities have linked these men to 14 shootings, including three homicides in the past three months.
Also known as L2L or NFL, Lakeview 2 Locke has been active since 2012, according to the indictment, and operate from East 10th Street and Lakeview Road, and has expanded into suburban areas. Lakeview 2 Locke is considered a subset of the notorious Heartless Felons of Cleveland. The indictment yesterday was the result of a six-month probe conducted by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Since January, detectives have made 150 gang-related felony arrests, seizing 89 guns and $50,000. Many of the arrests have stemmed from rival gang shootings.
According to Cleveland.com:
From June 2014 to August 2015, police said members of Lakeview 2 Locke committed various crimes throughout Cuyahoga County, including murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, drug trafficking and other gun-related offenses.
Eight of the Lakeview 2 Locke members that are listed are the aforementioned Octavius Hudson, 18, with Allen Milan, 24, Kyron Marlin, 20, Mack Culver, 21, Ramon Thompson, 20, Demond McBee, 24, Andre Bailey, 20 and Vincent Swaby, 18.
Cleveland.com lists their charges below (there is a “Smith” that is included that is unaccounted for in the report). All are set to be arraigned this month:
- McBee was sentenced to a year in prison for a 2010 burglary in Euclid. He also got a year of community control in 2014 for drug trafficking in Cleveland. He was most recently arrested in July when police say he was found with a handgun.
- Milan in 2014 was found with a loaded gun when Cleveland police stopped him while he was riding his bike. He was sentenced to a year of community control.
- Swaby robbed a woman at gunpoint in January on Martin Luther King Drive near Buckeye Road in Cleveland. He and another man took the woman’s cellphone, sweater and bag. He was sentenced to a year of community control.
- Culver was convicted in 2011 of aggravated robbery in Cleveland. A judge issued a three-year prison sentence. He was freed through judicial release in 2013. Culver was arrested again in June when Cleveland police found marijuana and a loaded gun in his car during a traffic stop. He was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison. He currently resides in the Lorain Correctional Institution.
- Marlin was sentenced Wednesday to seven days in Cuyahoga County Jail after he was found guilty of attempted drug trafficking. He was arrested during the same traffic stop involving Culver when he was found with a digital scale and $648.
- Thompson was sentenced Wednesday to probation after pleading guilty to carrying concealed weapons. He was arrested during the same traffic stop involving Marlin and Culver. Thompson was found with two guns, one of which was stolen.
- Smith was arrested in July and accused of having a handgun while under disability for a past felonious assault conviction. He was also charged with resisting arrest.
- Bailey is accused of selling marijuana in August after investigators found two digital scales with marijuana residue, according to court filings. He faces charges of drug trafficking and possessing criminal tools.