FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp announced Thursday afternoon various racketeering charges against members of a Fort Wayne street gang.
According to a press release, charges in an 18 count indictment were filed against four members of the “2500” street gang that originated in 2500 block of Caroline Street and is associated with a Bloomington gang known as the “Grit Gang.”
The “2500” gang is accused of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and drug trafficking. Specifically, the indictment alleges that the gang was involved in the attempted murders of two rival gang members on October 4, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Also alleged is an attempted murder of a third person, not a rival gang member.
Since that shooting law enforcement has been working to take down the “2500”. Capp said they are using a tool called the Violent crime in Aide of Racketeering statute, or VICAR, in this case. It combines several offenses and brings steeper penalties.
“This was our first use here in Fort Wayne of the Federal Racketeering statutes against street gangs,” Capp said. “I can guarantee to you it will not be our last.”
Named in the indictment are:
- Demetri Beachem, aka “Meech,” 22, of Fort Wayne
- William Beamon, aka “Lil Will,” 24 of Fort Wayne
- Kyombe Bolden, aka “Pudge,” 25 of Bloomington
- Ronnie Burrus, aka “Ronnie Robinson and Yung Ron,” 25, of Bloomington
Capp also had a message for other gang members in Fort Wayne.
“If you are working together and involved in criminal activity on the streets of Fort Wayne let this be a clear message that we are coming after you and you are next,” Capp said.
Gang activity has been attributed to many crimes in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities with the Fort Wayne Police Department adding additional resources to its Gang and Violent Crimes Unit following a record number of homicides being committed in Allen County in 2016.
The FBI has also engaged in law enforcement efforts in the area in recent years as part of its Safe Streets Violent Crimes Initiative.