As it currently stands, the body count from the ongoing war between the “Rockstarz” and the “Very Crispy Gangsters,” both thuggish Brooklyn street gangs, stands at three dead VCG members — which prompted a member of the “Rockstarz” to post on Facebook that “Rockstarz are up 3-0.”
Unfortunately for the gangsters, authorities can also access Facebook, which is why 49 thugs are now behind bars, many of which are facing murder charges.
The dead-gangster tally doesn’t include a handful of innocent victims of the street war for a section of East New York, including a 10-year-old boy who was hit with a stray bullet while watching TV in his own home. That shooting — as well as several others — also have been linked to the gangs.
Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and New York City Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly announced this afternoon that the two gangs have
been “taken down,” with 27 Rockstarz and 22 VCG members indicted on
various gang-related charges.
“Detectives used social media as well as good old fashioned police work to track these killers,” Kelly says.
District Attorney Charles Hynes says the gangsters would send friend
requests to rival gangsters with the lone purpose of threatening and
According to the indictment, the war between
the rival gangs waged for three years, and started with the murder of
VCG gangster Taquan “Tay Weez” Crandell, by Rockstarz gang member
Michael Allen Reid, in September 2009.
As the war waged on,
there were two other VCG casualties, including the murder of Namadi
Simpson on April 9, 2010, and Johnny Santiago, who was beaten to death
on June 6, 2011.
Following Santiago’s murder, Rockstarz posted the “3-0” comment on Facebook, supposedly referencing the three murders.
members sought revenge for the murders of their buddies — but their
aim apparently sucks; at least three innocent people were shot by VCG
members who were trying to take out Rockstarz.
As much as the two gangs hate each other, they apparently hate the criminal justice system even more.
indictment alleges that gangsters from each gang cooperated with each
other to prevent witnesses from testifying against them in various
In a recorded call from Riker’s Island,
Rockstarz member Geraldo Mena told VCG member Brandon Matos the names of
VCG witnesses who would testify against him. Matos then offered to
prevent the witnesses from making their court appearance.
In all, 11 VCG gangsters and 16 Rockstarz are charged with
conspiracy in the first degree. Others are also charged with murder in
the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, and 16 are
charged additionally with criminal possession of a weapon in the second
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 12, 2012