WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Nine people were indicted in the District Thursday, accused of committing crimes across the city together that include flash mob style robberies and other crimes, all led by a man who goes by the name ‘McLovin’.
U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen alongside Police Chief Cathy Lanier, announced Thursday eight men and one woman have been indicted on conspiracy and other charges alleging they were part of a gang that committed robberies, assaults, thefts and various other crimes in NW.
The gang goes by the name “Show Out”, and is alleged to have committed crimes in Chinatown, U Street and Adams Morgan, dating back to Jan. 1.
The indictment says the members canvassed the areas looking for targets of opportunity and would team up to assault their victims and rob them of their valuables.
“Show Out” is also accused of engaging in “flash mob” style robberies at various drug stores, convenience stores and gas stations, in which multiple members flooded into the business at once, overwhelming and intimidating the staff, and stealing items.
After an extensive investigation, six of the defendants were arraigned on Thursday and the others are awaiting court appearances.
“This violent gang of thugs roved around the city targeting victims for robbery and other crimes,” said Lanier. “The indictment should send a message that we will investigate and pursue gangs and other criminals that terrorize our city until they are caught and they are held accountable for their criminal activities.”
The indicted include: Bernard Trowell – also known as ‘McLovin and described as the “self-styled president” – 19, Deandre M. Williams, 18, Quayshawn L. Leggett, 20, Angel Collier, 18, James D. Matheny, 18, Travis L. Morris, 20, Brandon J. Steele, 18, Wayne E. Wheeler, 20, and Ricardo J. Williams, 20.
All of the defendants are from Washington, D.C.
They have been charged with participating in a criminal street gang for the purpose of committing violent felonies and misdemeanors, including conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, and destruction of property.