A Superior Court grand jury in the District of Columbia has returned a 92-count indictment charging four alleged members of the “Todd Place Crew” with conspiracy and first degree murder while armed in connection with a spate of violence that erupted in the Lincoln Road area of Northeast, Washington, DC, in April 2008, announced Acting US Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. If convicted, defendants face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Charged in the indictment were Joseph A. Jenkins, aka “Boogie,” James C. Bates, aka “Pee-Wee,” Darnell Anderson, aka “Peanut,” and Edward E. Warren, all of Northeast, Washington, DC. The conspiracy and murder charged in the indictment relate to a series of gang-related shootings that occurred during the week of April 14, 2008, a week that saw five murders in MPD’s Fifth District of Northeast, Washington, DC.
The case includes charges brought pursuant to the District of Columbia’s Criminal Street Gang statute. That statute, passed by the DC Council in 2006, grants law enforcement new tools to prosecute gang-related violence.
“The criminal street gang statute, enacted by the Council of the District of Columbia in 2006, is a valuable new tool in combating violent crime in our city,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Phillips. “This indictment illustrates the effectiveness of the statute to pursue and hold fully accountable those alleged to be involved in gang-related violence.”
“The indictment is a result of a great collaborative effort on the part of homicide detectives, patrol officers and the US Attorney’s Office,” said Chief Lanier. “Gang violence has plagued this area of the city for far too long, and the indictment sends a message that we are winning the war on gangs and crews in the District.”
MPD Detectives worked in conjunction with homicide prosecutors in investigating the series of fatal and non-fatal shootings. The investigation culminated in indictment just returned by the Grand Jury.
In announcing today’s indictment, Acting US Attorney Phillips praised the efforts of the Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Detectives Anthony Greene, James Wilson, Eric Fenton, Harbin “Dean” Combee, Anthony Patterson, Carol Queen, and Randy Parker, MPD’s Fifth District Detective’s Office, and Detectives Carter Adams and Alex MacBean, as well as MPD’s Fifth District Vice Office and Officer Jonathan Jordan. Acting US Attorney Phillips also praised the work of USAO Victim Witness Advocate Marcey Rinker and Legal Assistant Ethel Gregory, and Assistant US Attorneys David P. Saybolt and Eric Gallun, who are prosecuting the case.
An Indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.