Violent gang crippled by indictments 

A murderous street gang accused of terrorizing Hunters Point during a crime spree spanning at least five years has been taken down following the recent grand jury indictment of nine members and an affiliate, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said Monday.

Eight of the accused were in custody as of Monday afternoon, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The gang, named BNT, has been implicated in dozens of violent crimes in The City, including three murders, Harris said.

Its members allegedly shot to death Delvon Fields in front of his three children, girlfriend and mother in July. Harris said the “thugs” also are suspected in the shooting deaths of Gregory Chapman, 46, a father of three children, during a robbery two years ago, and Lloyd Randleston, who was killed Oct. 13, 2006, five days before his 21st birthday.

Six of the defendants face life sentences; the other four face at least 20 years in prison. All will be arraigned this morning.

Several indicted members are among the gang’s most violent and repeat offenders, Harris said. Two members also are facing murder charges in Sacramento.

The grand jury issued the indictment last week following a three-month presentation of evidence by the district attorney that featured testimony from 77 witnesses, including beat officers and civilians, she said.

“[The grand jury] heard about the torture that has been experienced by this community because of the BNT,” Harris said.

Harris said the indictments would “decapitate” the gang, saying those in custody were important to its operations.

“Don’t think we forget,” Harris declared to criminal gang members Monday. “We’re still focusing on you, and we’re going to get you.”

Investigators found it difficult to prosecute each case separately, but when brought together, the gang links were undeniable, authorities said.

In recent years, the Police Department’s gang task force has been creating a robust database identifying gang members in The City, Officer Len Broberg said. The intelligence has helped prosecutors prove gang connections and seek stiffer penalties on members, he said.

Gang injunctions in the Mission, Western Addition and Bayview areas have helped in that effort, Broberg said.

“We’re starting to see the fruits of our labor now,” he said.

BNT includes anywhere from 25 to 50 members from as young as 14 years old to those in their mid-20s, Harris said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Gang busted

Nine members and an affiliate of BNT were indicted by a grand jury.Charges were announced Monday.

  • 1 count of transportation of an assault rifle
  • 1 count of accessory to a murder
  • 1 count of possession of an assault weapon
  • 1 count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • 1 count of possession of heroin for sale (more than 28 grams)
  • 2 counts of possession of a loaded firearm in vehicle
  • 2 counts of possession of cocaine for sale (more than 28 grams)
  • 3 counts of conspiracy to commit murder stemming from three killings
  • 5 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery
  • 6 counts of murder stemming from three killings
  • 7 counts of robbery
  • Defendants: London Shaw, 22; Antoine Fowler, 25; Clark Benson, 25; Cecil Terrell, 23; Brian Yang, 20; Cyril Hanna, 22 (at large); Julius Rhodes, 19; James Talley, 22; Thomas Sims III, 24; Missy Davis (at large).

Source: District Attorney’s Office

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