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Valley group reaches out to gang members to stop violence



PHOENIX – To some gang members, kids in south Phoenix are potential recruits. But to the people behind Project TRUCE, they are the future, and a catalyst for peace in a neighborhood riddled with gun violence.

“It’s probably one of the things that keeps me up at night, when you see a 4-year-old throw up a gang sign,” said Advisory Board Member Deborah Kidd Chapman, who teaches children from her neighborhood to follow a productive path.

“I learned a lot on those streets, and I learned a lot about what it means to make good choices in your life,” said Chapman. “When I was given a do-over, I said I would try to direct children to make positive choices in their lives.”

Valley group reaches out to gang members to stop violence



Anti-gang rally being organized in south Phoenix

PHOENIX – Some residents of south Phoenix are trying to take back their neighborhood by taking on gangs.

“If you go one block to the east it’s the Latin Kings, if you go west it’s the Crips and the Bloods,” says 16-year-old Antonio, who lives near 27th and Southern avenues.

The problem of gangs in inner cities is nothing new, not even to Phoenix. But people who work with kids say it’s getting worse.

“It’s sad,” says Tyllisa Randolph, who works with kids at a local recreation center.

She explained many young men are intimidated into joining a gang for protection and if they won’t they will have to face the consequences, meaning those same gang members may attack the kids who refuse.

“Why do kids feel like they have to join a gang for security when all they have to do is talk to an adult or find an outreach program,” she says.

Residents in south Phoenix are organizing an anti-gang rally for October 30th at 19th and Southern avenues, hoping to ban together to fight the problem.

Antonio says he’s lucky to have a strong mother that tells him right from wrong.

“I listen to the right people and I know joining a gang will either get you to jail or dead.”

via Anti-gang rally being organized in south Phoenix.

Operation targeting gangs nets numerous arrests

by Michael Ferraresi – Feb. 6, 2010 12:00 AM

The Arizona Republic Authorities say gang investigators in the past week arrested 23 of 34 people accused of fueling a prominent street gang known as one of the more-violent groups in south Phoenix.

The arrests and indictments were announced Friday.

Police arrested 118 gang associates in addition to those indicted.

The operation targeted gang members and associates involved in drugs, prostitution and violence primarily in the area between 15th and Seventh avenues south of Buckeye Road, according to police.

South Mountain Precinct officers worked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other organizations after they noticed a spike in drug-related activity in the area.

“When you get down to the street-level guys like this, these are the ones terrorizing the neighborhoods,” said Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, a former police officer.

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Woman shot, killed in parking lot of Phoenix Kmart

Reported by: Katie Fisher
Email: kfisher@abc15.com
Reported by: Deborah Stocks
Last Update: 2:32 pm

PHOENIX — Police have released descriptions of a possible suspect and a person of interest after a woman was shot and killed in a south Phoenix parking lot Monday night.

Phoenix Police Department spokesperson James Holmes said the shooting occurred around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of a Kmart store at 3rd Street and Baseline Road.

The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Luz Navarro.

According to Holmes, the suspect apparently walked up to Navarro after she got into her vehicle and shot her. She reportedly died at the scene.

Holmes said witnesses told police they had seen the suspect in the parking lot for a good length of time before the shooting and had made contact with one of the witnesses.

Witnesses also apparently reported they saw the suspect get out of a pickup truck which then left the area.

After witnesses heard a gunshot, they reportedly saw the suspect leave the area on foot through the parking lot.

Police described the suspect as a Black male between 25- and 28-years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds. He was reportedly clean shaven, wearing a black “hoodie” sweatshirt/jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Investigators are also looking for a “person of interest” who was described as a male with a light complexion, possible Hispanic, driving a 1980s primer gray Chevrolet pickup.

Holmes said there is no clear motive for the shooting, although robbery might have been the intent.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Stay with ABC15 for updates.

Suspect in deadly shooting outside Kmart on the loose

by Catherine Holland and Alicia Barrón

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Updated today at 7:46 AM

PHOENIX – Police are searching for the suspect behind a deadly shooting outside a South Phoenix Kmart store, but they don’t have much to go on.

It happened at about 8:00 Monday night in the area of Baseline Road and Third Street.

Police say the victim, a woman, was sitting in her SUV in the parking lot when she was shot in the head. That woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers set up a perimeter in an effort to track down the suspect, but they came up empty.

Witnesses have not been able to offer much in the way of help. According to police, all people have said so far is that they saw a black male in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.

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South Phoenix Gangs Disrupted by Operation Tri Dent

PHOENIX, AZ—The FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced today, August 26, 2009, the execution of 14 search warrants and the indictment of over 100 gang members. In January 2007, top area law enforcement officials announced a new targeting strategy for attacking violent street gangs in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Today’s operation shows a continued effort to lessen gang related activity in our communities.

In January 2009, Operation Tri Dent was initiated targeting South Phoenix street gangs. The defendants indicted in this matter are charged with drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy. This operation is the sixth takedown by the Violent Street Gang Task Force over the last 2 ½ years which has culminated in the arrest of over 450 gang members from various gang affiliations. The FBI’s Violent Street Gang Task Force is comprised of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa Police Department, Phoenix Police Department and the FBI. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service provided exceptional support to the Violent Street Gang Task Force in identifying certain aspects of drug trafficking by gang members.

In addition, today’s enforcement operation, arrest and search teams from ATF, Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Buckeye Police Department, DEA, Glendale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa Police Department, Phoenix Police Department, and the USMS all contributed to this effort.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Nathan Gray, Phoenix Division stated, “Gang activity in a community affects the quality of life of those who reside in that community. It is imperative for law enforcement to protect communities from violent gangs. The FBI’s Violent Street Gang Task Force has partnered with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to disrupt several South Phoenix gangs preying on its citizens. These efforts have and will continue to diminish gang related activity in the metro Phoenix area.”

full details at Federal Bureau of Investigation – The Phoenix Division: Press Release & South Phoenix Gangs Disrupted by Operation Tri Dent.

The gang war in south Phoenix

The gang war in south Phoenix
The Arizona Republic Sat, 11 Oct 2008 9:37 PM PDT
Richard de Uriarte: South Phoenix residents are resolved to continue their battle against street violence, despite last week’s fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl.

2 bodies found inside car in South Phoenix
KTVK 3TV Phoenix Fri, 10 Oct 2008 4:14 PM PDT
PHOENIX — Police say two bodies were found inside a car in a South Phoenix parking lot around 2 a.m. Friday.

Demand for action made at S. PHX townhall meeting
KTAR 92.3 Phoenix Fri, 10 Oct 2008 6:24 AM PDT
During a town hall meeting, dozens of south Phoenix residents have demanded police clean up their neighborhood. The meeting was coordinated by Phoenix police after 16-year-old Melissa vigil was shot and killed this week.

South Phoenix to get money from hazardous-waste suit
The Arizona Republic Thu, 09 Oct 2008 1:43 AM PDT
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has reached an agreement with South Phoenix residents, legislators and concerned officials who were upset that money recently received in a major hazardous-waste settlement wasn’t being funneled to their neighborhoods