PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — More than a dozen suspected gang members are off our streets thanks to a major crime crackdown by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
"We're gonna take these little terrorists out of these neighborhoods," said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at a news conference Wednesday.
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The sheriff announced the results of Operation Prometheus, a two-year investigation by the agency's Violent Crimes Gang Unit into the Firehouse Clique gang, based in Riviera Beach.
"This is a bad group that's been involved in really, really bad stuff for a long time," said Capt. Mike Wallace of PBSO's Violent Crimes Division.
PBSO said the agency's gang unit arrested 14 suspects on charges of homicide, attempted murder, robbery, arson, narcotics sale/possession, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, racketeering, and conspiracy to commit racketeering.
The suspects arrested are:
- Moab Abrams, 25
- Deandre Burgess, 25
- Rashar Henry, 20
- Roderick Henry, 24
- Devonte Igwenagu, 19
- Lamar Jackson, 27
- Adrian Nixon, 27
- Jlyn Wright, 22
- Mario Williams, 22
- Devonte White, 26
- Patrick Thomas, 30
- Travis Stubbs, 25
- Jonathan Storms, 25
- James Randell, 32
According to the sheriff's office, four open homicide cases, dating back as far as 2013, are now closed.
Capt. Wallace said this crackdown makes our community safer because feuding gangs can attack one another at any public place, putting innocent lives in danger.
"We have bad things happen in places. It doesn't matter where you are. You could be someplace with your family. You could be at a football game and somebody decides to shoot somebody. Nobody is safe from that," said Capt. Wallace.
Sheriff Bradshaw said these 14 arrests are just the start of this major gang crackdown, and more arrests are coming.
"We know where they work, we know where they do their business, we know who they are, and we know where they live," said Sheriff Bradshaw. "We are coming after you."