Feds charge Detroit's 'Band Crew', 8 indicted

After years of terrorizing part of Detroit, members of an alleged street gang are now being charged.

Young thugs have been causing trouble on the streets of Detroit and bragging about it by posting videos online for years.

The law has caught up to them and now, they're being charged with crimes ranging from attempted murder to racketeering.

The street gang is called Band Crew. Three years ago, Amy Lange spoke with one of the members. His name: Corey Mapp.

On Tuesday, he and seven others were indicted on several charges by the United States Attorney.

The group would terrorize the streets and gas stations in a northwest Detroit neighborhood. They'd chase out people who 'didn't belong' and then post their actions online. But that wasn't all.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Band Crew committed more serious crimes including dealing marijuana, robbery, and attempted murder. The attorney also listed dozens of guns confiscated in the 28 page indictment.

Corey Mapp, Alexander Johnson, Leo Johnson, Joseph Ford, Travonte Joseph, Jamell Smith, Mario Perkins, and Hakeem Walker were all charged Tuesday. The men all range in age from 18-22.

The family of Mario Perkins, the youngest of the 8 charged, say it's guilt by association.

"My brother has never ever claimed band crew so I don't know what people talking about," Tiffany Perkins, Mario's sister said.

Business owners in the neighborhood would not go on camera but did tell FOX 2 that things have gotten better with them off the streets.


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