9 arrested in Hobos street gang crackdown, police say

Officials announcing charges against nine alleged members of the Hobos street gang in Chicago.
September 26, 2013 3:20:19 PM PDT
Nine alleged members of the Hobos street gang face murder and drug charges, as well as federal racketeering charges under RICO laws.

The investigation was launched by the Chicago Police Department in 2007 and the FBI became involved later. The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies, and the operation of "drug spots" and "drug lines" on the city's South Side among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004 and 2009.

"This gang is quickly becoming known as one of the most violent and ruthless in the city," Chicago Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

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    The nine defendants are:
  • GREGORY CHESTER, also known as "Bowlegs," "Big Homie," "Pops," and "Desjuar Anderson," 36, of Richton Park, identified as the leader of the Hobos;
  • ARNOLD COUNCIL, aka "Armstrong" and "Hobo," 37;
  • PARIS POE, aka "Poleroski," 33;
  • GABRIEL BUSH, aka "Louie," 34;
  • STANLEY VAUGHN, aka "Smiley," 36;
  • WILLIAM FORD, aka "Joe Buck," 33;
  • GARY CHESTER, aka "Chee," 35, (Gregory Chester's cousin);
  • BYRON BROWN, aka "B-Rupt," 28;
  • and RODNEY JONES, aka "Milk," 26, all of Chicago.

"Today's announcement serves as a warning, we do not and will not accept violence in our communities and neighborhoods," Supt. McCarthy said.


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