6 Jersey City gang members have been charged with stabbing a rival gang member last summer, retaliating against him for a prior assault, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Sheldon Mays, aka “Thottie,” 21, Jermaine Jennings, aka “Maine” and “Drill,” 20, Divine Abraham, aka “Dee,” 21, Jamil Bowens, 20, and Jaylen Boone, 21, all of Jersey City, made their initial appearances before U.S. District Court Judge André M. Espinosa today and were detained.
Yahsier Brown, 19, of Jersey City, previously made his initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court and was detained.
They each are charged by complaint with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity.
Mays, Jennings, Abraham, Bowens, Boone and Brown are allegedly members of a street gang known to operate around the Curries Woods Housing Complex in Jersey City, referred to as the Curries Woods Enterprise.
In retaliation for a prior assault of Mays by Individual-1 and other members of a rival gang, Wilkinson/OGM, and in furtherance of an ongoing feud amongst the two gangs, the defendants sought out Individual-1, assaulted him, and stabbed him in broad daylight on Martin Luther King Drive and Dwight Street.
Individual-1 suffered life-threatening injuries.
The count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Honig credited special agents and task force officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Division, the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Hudson County Department of Corrections with the investigation leading to the charges.
This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI). The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City.