Chicago GANGS

Jurors Sequestered in Black Souls Gang Racketeering Trial

(Sun Times Wire) Prosecutors on Monday compared the six square blocks of the West Side controlled by the Black Souls to technology behemoth Apple Inc., while defense lawyers said the street gang was simply a “random collection of dudes.” The stark difference in the interpretation of nine weeks of trial testimony was to be expected,…

Hobos Gang Leader Gets 40 Years

(Sun Times Wire) Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester “embraced the murder and mayhem” wreaked over a decade by the Hobos street gang. He “contributed to the carnage,” U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp said. And he cannot wash his hands of the blood spilled amid the gang’s reign of terror in Chicago. Still, the judge stopped short…

Chicago Gang Member Caught on CTA Platform with Loaded AK47

(Chicago Tribune) A West Garfield Park man who was found on a Lakeview CTA platform with a loaded AK-47 rifle strapped to his chest tried to conceal the weapon by wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, authorities said Sunday. Jordan Watkins, 29, was arrested Saturday morning and ordered held on $150,000 bond Sunday by Judge Maria…

CPD, Feds Arrest 50 Tied to Gangster Two Six Nation Street Gang

Federal and local authorities have charged nearly 50 members or associates of the Gangster Two-Six Nation street gang accused of dealing guns and drugs on Chicago’s South Side and surrounding suburbs. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Bunny Trap” in a nod to the gang’s rabbit symbol, uncovered gun and drug dealing inside a pizza parlor in…

Hobos Street Gang Wants New Trial

Keith Daniels’ girlfriend told jurors she saw only one shooter the night Daniels was executed in front of his family for snitching on Chicago’s so-called “super gang,” the Hobos. The ambush began when Daniels and his family returned home from dinner in Dolton in April 2013. A masked gunman stepped out from behind a shrub…

Task Force Targets, Traveling Vice Lords for Narcotics Distribution

More than 50 people are facing federal or state charges for their roles in selling heroin and cocaine on the West Side, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. A joint federal and state task force uncovered suspects participating in a narcotics-distribution organization in the North Lawndale neighborhood run by members of the Traveling Vice Lords…

Judge Cuts Notorious Chicago Gang Leaders Sentence

A federal judge cut in half the prison sentence of a notorious Chicago street gang leader. Chicago gang leader Alex Somarriba has learned the valuable lesson that when dealing with federal prosecutors, it sometimes pays to play. When Somarriba was arrested in 2014, he offered up some information about some of the dozen murders that…

Unknown Vice Lords Targeted in State, Federal, Drug Raids in Chicago

Federal prosecutors in Chicago say dozens of alleged street gang members have been arrested on state and federal charges connected to the sale of drugs that resulted in fatal overdoses. Authorities said the arrests early Thursday were the result of a joint investigation called Operation Sweet Dreams by the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Drug…

How 25 Million in Chicago Tax Dollars Fueled the Rise of Gang Kingpin

Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 10-year prison sentence for Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, who became a multimillionaire in a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the city and went on to become a ruthless Chicago gang leader. Jimenez has pleaded guilty to possessing a gun illegally in 2015. He and a sidekick, Jose Roman, were riding in…

Wanted Chicago Gang Member Captured in Detroit

A gang member wanted for armed robbery and vehicular hijacking in the north suburbs was captured Friday in Detroit. Timothy R. Adams, 34, was wanted on a $500,000 warrant for armed robbery and vehicular hijacking in Waukegan, and a $200,000 warrant for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Lake County, according to the Lake…

Chicago Police, 81 Arrested in Gang Raids across the City

Chicago Police have struck back at known, violent offenders in a series of raids on the city’s South and West sides. Dozens of convicted felons were taken into custody Friday and police are promising more to come. Police are also crediting a new technology initiative with helping identify many of their suspects. Police targeted their…

Nonexistent Chicago Gang Leaders Offering Lives for Social Programs?

We know one of the leaders of Chicago’s notorious street gangs definitely didn’t reach out to a Cleveland pastor to arrange a “sit down.” Earlier this month, a federal jury found the reputed leader of the so-called “Hobos”, Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester and six members,” guilty of a racketeering conspiracy and five murders. Feds described the…