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Missouri: feds indict 8 man puerto rican crew led by philly latin king

Post by Quiet-Q » January 14th, 2017, 7:14 am

Eight alleged gang members charged with murder, conspiracy
News-Press Now Jan 13, 2017


Eight members of what federal authorities describe as a violent St. Joseph gang were charged in a racketeering indictment.

Federal authorities identified and charged Victor Matias-Torres, also known as “Papo” andKing Fenese,” 35. According to the federal indictment, this criminal enterprise, which began in 2010, was led by Matias-Torres. He is accused of carrying out much of the criminal activity himself.

Matias-Torres’s gang operated under a loose code of conduct, the indictment says, which included a requirement that Matias-Torres pre-approve certain criminal activity and that he receive a portion of the proceeds of the illegal activity, whether or not he participated. According to the indictment, members who did not follow the rules or who were perceived as disloyal to the enterprise, were confronted with acts of violence.

Matias-Torres was formerly a high-ranking member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, which he joined in Philadelphia in 2003, then rose to the leadership position of First Crown for the region.

Although members of the St. Joseph gang were allegedly often referred to as Latin Kings, the enterprise was not formally affiliated with the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.

The second person identified is Luis Alfredo Villegas-Rosa, also known as “Puerto Rico,” and “Rico,” 28. Villegas-Rosa is currently serving a life sentence in a Missouri prison for the murder of John Baynham Jr. following an altercation and shooting in February, 2015 at the First & Last Chance Tavern on Garfield Avenue.

Other members are Luis Gabriel Villegas-Rosa, also known as “Conan,” 35, brother to the other Villegas Rosa; Angel Antonio Martinez-Torres, also known as “Tony,” 37; Angel Rios-Rosa, also known as “Gato,” 30; Jose Morales-Delgado, also known as “Beto,” 32; Luis Calderon-Oliveras, 26; and Ismael Marquez, 29.

Matias-Torres’s gang allegedly engaged in acts to promote a climate of fear with violence, including murder and five attempted murders, armed assault, armed robbery, extortion, beatings, destruction of property, and witness intimidation. The gang allegedly trafficked in heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. They allegedly targeted rival drug dealers for robbery, not only to obtain the robbery proceeds, but to eliminate and deter competition in the drug trade. Members of the enterprise allegedly also extorted money from innocent victims by offering “protection” from future robberies and acts of violence.

The gang leader and Caleron-Oliveras also are charged with the robbery of the old Sack-N-Save, a South Side grocery store, in September, 2012 along with other St. Joseph businesses.

All have been identified as living in St. Joseph, and were charged in a 34-count federal grand jury indictment.

The indictment was made public Friday upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Luis Gabriel Villegas-Rosa and Morales-Delgado. Several other defendants are already in custody in separate state cases.

The racketeering indictment alleges that all eight defendants were involved in a conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.

Although the gang was based in St. Joseph, the indictment says, it also operated in Kansas, Iowa and Massachusetts, among other places, and recruited many of its members and associates from Puerto Rico. (Matias-Torres, the Villegas-Rosa brothers, Martinez-Torres, Rios-Rosa, Morales-Delgado, Calderon-Oliveras and Marquez are all citizens of the United States.)


Details of allegations of indictment

Murder of John O. Baynham, Jr.

Luis Alfredo Villegas-Rosa murdered John O. Baynham Jr., on Feb. 5, 2015, in St. Joseph, in aid of racketeering (Villegas-Rosa was convicted of the murder in a separate state case). Baynham was shot in the chest outside the First & Last Chance Tavern on Garfield Avenue. The indictment also charges Villegas-Rosa with one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of murder resulting from the use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Murder Conspiracy: Attack on Co-Conspirator #3

Morales-Delgado, Calderon-Oliveras and Marquez (as well as other members of the gang) conspired to murder an individual identified as “Co-Conspirator #3.” Marquez allegedly fired shots at Co-Conspirator #3 on Sept. 10, 2012, in Estherville, Iowa. Sometime after that, Morales-Delgado met with Matias-Torres. All four men are charged with participating in a conspiracy to murder in aid of racketeering. In addition to the murder conspiracy, Morales-Delgado, Calderon-Oliveras and Marquez are also charged together in one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Murder Conspiracy: Attack on Rival #1

Matias-Torres and the Villegas-Rosa brothers, along with other members of the gang, conspired to murder an individual identified as “Rival #1.” Luis Alfredo Villegas-Rosa allegedly fired gunshots at Rival #1 on Sept. 15, 2013, in St. Joseph. In addition to the murder conspiracy, all three men are charged together with one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and with discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Attempted Murder: Attack on Victim #1

Luis Gabriel Villegas-Rosa attempted to murder an individual identified as “Victim #1.” Luis Gabriel Villegas-Rosa is charged with one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Matias-Torres is charged with one count of participating in a conspiracy to tamper with a victim and one count of victim tampering. Matias-Torres and others allegedly threatened Victim #1 in January 2016 to intimidate him into withholding information about the attack from federal law enforcement investigators. Matias-Torres is also charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact for assisting Luis Gabriel Villegas-Rosa in January 2016 in order to hinder and prevent his trial and punishment for the attack.

Attempted Murder: Attack on Rival #2

Martinez-Torres attempted to murder an individual identified as “Rival #2” on Sept. 27, 2014, in St. Joseph. Martinez-Torres is charged with one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Attempted Murder: Attack on a Disloyal Member

Matias-Torres attempted to murder Angel Antonio Martinez-Torres on April 3, 2016, in St. Joseph in order to maintain his leadership position in the criminal enterprise. Matias-Torres is charged with one count of assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy

Since 2011, Matias-Torres, Luis Alfredo Villegas-Rosa, Martinez-Torres, Morales-Delgado and Marquez, along with other members of the enterprise, distributed more than one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. They are charged together in one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Matias-Torres and Martinez-Torris are each also charged with one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Business Robberies

Matias-Torres and Morales-Delgado are charged with conspiracy and the robbery of Best Way check-cashing establishment at 4915 King Hill Ave., on June 29, 2012. Matias-Torres is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in relation to the robbery. Matias-Torres and Calderon-Oliveras are charged with conspiracy and the robbery of Sack-N-Save grocery store at 4913 Lake Ave., on Sept. 28, 2012.

Matias-Torres and Rios-Rosa are charged in three separate conspiracies to rob local check-cashing establishments: Money On Time at 2243 N. Belt Hwy., on Dec. 28, 2012; Check Into Cash at 3302 N. Belt Hwy., on Jan. 19, 2013; and King of Kash at 2308 N. Belt Hwy., on Jan. 25,2013. In addition to the conspiracies, Rios-Rosa is charged with robbing Check Into Cash and King of Kash.

Additional Firearms Charges

Matias-Torres is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Matias-Torres allegedly was in possession of a Jimenez Arm 9mm pistol on Feb. 9, 2016.

Villegas-Rosa is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Villegas-Rosa allegedly was in possession of a Taurus .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Feb. 5, 2015.
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Re: Missouri: feds indict 8 man puerto rican crew led by philly latin king

Post by Tha7thLetta » January 14th, 2017, 9:19 am

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Re: Missouri: feds indict 8 man puerto rican crew led by philly latin king

Post by Quiet-Q » January 15th, 2017, 5:10 pm

Indictments Confirm Suspicions of Gang Activity
Latin Kings reportedly operating in St. Joseph for several years.
By Alan Van Zandt | [email protected]
Published 01/13 2017
ST. JOSEPH, Mo.

Friday's arrests of eight alleged Latin Kings gang members in St. Joseph confirm what many have believed for some time.

Gang activity in St. Joseph has been talked about on and off for the past 20 years.

In 2007, KQ2 reported on a police investigation into graffiti that some said had ties to the gang.

On Friday, federal officials say the Latin Kings have indeed been active in the city for a number of years and involved in various types of violent crime.

St. Joseph Police would not go into detail on an investigation they said took several years, but did share that a lot of manpower went into their efforts to get charges on the eight men.

"This is really an example of teamwork, the US Attorney's Office, Buchanan County Prosecutor's Office, ATF, the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office and the St. Joseph Police Department," said police chief Chris Connally.

The eight face charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and racketeering among other crimes.

One of the eight was convicted in a 2015 murder outside the First and Last Chance Bar.

Police hope St. Joseph residents will feel their streets are a little safer after Friday's arrests.

"My hope is they're reassured the St. Joseph Police Department and Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, local law enforcement in this area will reach out to try and accomplish our mission," Connally said.

The cases against the eight alleged Latin King members will be handled by federal prosecutors.

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Re: Missouri: feds indict 8 man puerto rican crew led by philly latin king

Post by Hfbdbdjsk » January 15th, 2017, 5:53 pm

Lol that man lying to the media/laws cause he was not first crown of any region son was basically what Chicago would call renegade.

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