Criminal Justice News

Friday, September 22, 2017

$8,000 Reward for Information on Kingwood Guns Burglary



KINGWOOD, Texas – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, and Crime Stoppers of Houston have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) responsible for burglarizing Kingwood Guns, located at 1110 Kingwood Drive in Kingwood, Texas. ATF is offering a reward of up to $3,500, which will be matched by the NSSF, and up to $1,000 by Crime Stoppers of Houston, for a total combined reward of up to $8,000.

Unknown suspect(s) entered Kingwood Guns on September 12, 2017, at 4:30 a.m. The suspect(s) arrived in a dark colored truck, possibly a lowered four-door, crew cab Chevrolet Silverado, with chrome rims and loud mufflers.  The suspects used a rock to break a window and enter the business and steal 21 rifles. One suspect was seen exiting the business with rifles in hand before entering the passenger side of the dark colored truck. The description of the other suspect(s) is unknown.

Suspect 1 is described as a dark skinned Hispanic male or light skinned black male, in his 20’s, 5’02” to 5’05”, with medium length black hair and a small build.

“Gun store burglaries are a top priority for ATF,” said ATF Houston Field Division Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski. “We will remain focused in this investigation, find those responsible, and hold them accountable for this crime.”

Anyone with any information about this crime should contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS, or ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS. Individuals can also submit information through the mobile reportit® app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. All individuals providing tips can remain anonymous.

The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

ATF offers reward in gun store theft



ATF, Memphis Police Department, and the firearms industry seek the public’s help in Bass Pro Shop firearms theft

 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Memphis Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

On Sept. 9, 2017, Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Memphis, was burglarized, with several firearms were reported stolen to the Memphis Police Department. ATF industry operations investigators are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.

ATF is offering the reward in the amount of up to $1,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $ 2,000, for information regarding this crime. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF at (800) ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Memphis Police Department (901) 528-CASH.  Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app www.reportit.com (link is external) by using the Nashville Field Division as the location.

This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry.  More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.           

Five Alleged Members and Associates of Bloods Gang Indicted for Federal Racketeering and Other Related Offenses



Five alleged members and associates of the Black Mob Gangstas/Donald Gee Family (BMG/DGF), a set of the Bloods street gang, have been indicted in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina, for various gang-related crimes, including conspiracy to participate in racketeering, murder, witness tampering and related offenses.  Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce of the Eastern District of North Carolina, Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong of the FBI North Carolina Field Office and Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown of the Raleigh Police Department made the announcement.

Demetrice Regus Devine aka Respect, 34, of Raleigh; Dontaous Demond Devine aka Scooch and Boochie, 28, of Raleigh; Demetrius Deshaun Toney aka Meat, 24, of Raleigh; Brandon Jowan Mangum aka B-Easy, 28, of Knightdale, North Carolina; and Shaiona Marie Smith aka Slyfox, 22, of Raleigh, were charged in a 12-count superseding indictment returned on September 21, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Four of the defendants charged in the indictment are in custody.

According to the indictment, the BMG/DGF is a set of the Bloods, a violent street gang with members operating in Raleigh, including the Haywood Street area, since the early 2000s.  The indictment alleges that the BMG/DGF Bloods have a detailed hierarchical structure.  Senior leadership, including Demetrice Regus Devine and Dontaous Demond Devine, regularly conducted formal meetings, collected dues from the rank and file members, and assaulted members who failed to pay dues or follow orders.  Gang members earned money for their dues through various criminal activities, including robberies, fraud schemes and drug distribution.  BMG/DGF members also committed various acts of violence in furtherance of the gang’s activities, including murder, attempted murder and assaults.

The indictment charges Demetrice Regus Devine, Dontaous Demond Devine, Toney and Mangum with conspiracy to participate in the racketeering activities of BMG/DGF Bloods and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.  Demetrice Regus Devine and Dontaous Demond Devine are also each charged with one count of murder in aid of racketeering and related offenses, among other crimes.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

FBI and the Raleigh Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dena King and Scott Lemmon of the Eastern District of North Carolina and Trial Attorney John C. Hanley of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section are prosecuting the case.