Police, feds bust Detroit gang 'Related Through Money'

Five members of a west side Detroit gang Related Through Money or RTM - with the oldest being 21 years old.
A part of northwest Detroit known as the "Skuddzone," is where police, and residents say the violent gang RTM, or "Related Through Money," claim their turf. 

In an indictment unsealed this week, Detroit police, working with the FBI, announced charges of racketeering and operation of a criminal enterprise against five suspected members.

"They're reckless, they need to be off the street," said Kelly, a resident  who lives near the Skuddzone. "I think all of these gangs around here need to be off the street."

The indictment charges 20-year-olds Deonta Matthews known as "CEO tae," Meyer Thedford, Brandon Sims known as "B," and 19-year-olds Brandon Owens or "Little B," and Antwan Foster-Stockton known as "Twan." 

The indictment has more than 75 crimes listed: Shootings, murders, assaults, carjackings and armed robberies. 

This included several jewelry store robberies in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Ohio.

The indictment also accuses the Related Through Money members of threatening and intimidating Cody High School students, who police say may have witnessed a homicide. 

The U.S. attorney's office says the Detroit One initiative, led by Detroit police - and the FBI violent gang task force -- has arrested 40 members and leaders of different gangs within the last two years. 

The RTM members, according to the indictment, posted videos on Instagram bragging about their crimes even showing their weapons and faces. 

Also, they allegedly left numerous threats on Facebook to so-called snitches.

"I have no sympathy for none of them," said Tonya, who lives near the Skuddzone. "How stupid is that? Where are your parents?"

The latest five are now facing hefty prison time.

Those living here, say they're fed up.

"If they want to be involved in something, get in a book club," Tonya said. "If they want to be involved in something, take their butts back to school and make a difference."

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