15 Bomb Squad gang members indicted for violent crimes

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A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday against 15 suspected members of Peoria’s Bomb Squad gang alleges two members were involved in a shooting last April at an off-campus party near Bradley University.

The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois announced the dating from 2013 to 2018 involving acts of violence, including murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, arson and drug trafficking. The indictment claims the defendants functioned as a criminal enterprise to achieve objectives, including activities that affect interstate commerce.

Those indicted include

24-year-old Eugene Haywood aka “Nunu

18-year-old Raevaughn Rogers aka “Lil Poppi”

19-year-old Kenwan Crowe

23-year-old Terry Moss aka “Lil Man”

22-year-old Ezra Johnson aka “Lil Wody”

36-year-old Jovan McGree aka “Vano

21-year-old Jahlin Wilson aka “BD”

20-year-old Andre Neal- Ford aka “Monkey Man”

22-year-old Lance Washington

24-year-old Torieuanno White aka “T.A.”

26-year-old Sherman Williams aka “Shady”

27-year-old Lloyd Dotson

19-year-old Keith Gregory aka “Kilo”

24-year-old Mytrez Flora aka “Trez”

19-year-old Kentrevion Watkins aka “Tutu”

14 of the 15 people indicted are in custody. Authorities say Kentrevion Watkins remains at large. The 63 page indictment alleges it was Watkins who gave 16 year old Jermonty Brock a handgun. Brock is accused of using that gun at a house party on West Bradley Avenue on the night of April 8.  He is charged with killing Anthony Polnitz and Bradley student Najay Murray.

Two other murders are also listed in the indictment. Eugene Haywood is charged with murdering Eric Brown in June of 2013. Brown was believed to be a rival gang member. Haywood, Mytrez Flora, Lloyd Dotson and deceased member Raheem Wilson are accused of conspiring to shoot and murder Tyrann Chester. The indictment sayst they believed Chester was supplying drugs to a Bomb Squad competitor.

The indictment charges all 15 of the suspects with federal racketeering conspiracy under the RICO Act. That charge alone carries up to life in prison. 12 of the 15 are also charged with Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering.

The indictment was returned by the grand jury June 20, but remained sealed until Tuesday’s arrests of 14 of the 15 suspects.

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