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'Operation Safe Streets': 23 arrested in warrant roundup of street gang

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Sikeston resident is arrested early Friday on a warrant for participating in the street gang, "The Brick Squad Monopoly." Approximately 80 officers from Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Missouri Highway Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Scott County interim prosecutor and Scott County Juvenile office assisted in the warrant roundup, "Operation Safe Streets," which resulted in the arrest of at least 23 people.
(Bob Greenlee, Staff)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Twenty-three members of an alleged local street gang were arrested early Friday in Sikeston during a warrant roundup called "Operation Safe Streets."

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety Special Operations, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control and interim Scott County prosecuting attorney Blake Pearson were brought together at the request of Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden to investigate and combat street gang violence, beginning with a gang called the Brick Squad Monopoly."

A Scott County grand jury indicted 30 members of the alleged gang late Monday on federal charges of participating knowingly in criminal street gang activities.

"We are not going to tolerate that level of criminal activity," Juden said. "We are going to use everything in our toolbox to deal with it, and that includes warrant roundups and federal prosecution. Anything we can do to discourage this level of criminal activity, we're going to do."

Arrested Friday were: Eldridge Gibson, Darrell Moore, Patrick Taylor, Juqualin Wiggins, Aaron Allen, Byron Patterson, Aaron Valentine, Tevin Golden, Devante McClinton, Maurice Hunt (Nolan), Shaquille Sherrod, Treyshawn Aterberry, Leslie Redd, Kyle Sherrod, Mickeal McCray, DeMichael McCray, Traversial Scott, Corey Turner Jr., Dequa Turner, Antwan Davis, Rikko Cox, Michael Sherrod and Cornelius Perkins.

At press time, they remained in custody with bond set at $50,000 cash only.

Suspects still being sought include: Chris Bryant, Marquon Davis, Kyle Johnson, Willie Jones III, Orlando Sheron Jr., David Trice Jr. and Jeffery Hatcher.

Juden's request for an investigation stemmed after two recent events -- one in November 2012 when a large fight with shots fired occurred on Coleman Street and the other in June when a first-degree burglary and assault on Mary Street left the 35-year-old resident reportedly paralyzed.

Both incidents involved the Brick Squad Monopoly, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. In each of these incidents, arrests were made.

Since the investigation began in June, the same street gang was responsible for numerous crimes, the department said. Most notably, one armed robbery resulted in two arrests and a home invasion involving a shootout inside a residence resulted with a victim and the arrests of four individuals.

Several firearms were recovered during these investigations.

Assisting in the roundup were the Missouri State Highway Patrol; Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Scott County Juvenile Office; and the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

"Sikeston Department of Public Safety will continue investigating this group and others like it in Sikeston to bring them to justice," Juden said.

The department asks anyone who has information regarding these types of crimes to call 573-471-1500 or 573-471-4711. They can be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and convictions of the offenders.

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Sounds like something Cape needs to do. Good job Sikeston.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 4:54 PM

It would be great if this can be done in Cape.

-- Posted by RELee on Fri, Aug 2, 2013, at 10:58 PM

Easy Does It. Cape is mellow.

-- Posted by TheCamp on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 2:23 AM

Cape is mellow, right put the Animals behind bars were they are out of society for good.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 7:07 AM

Keep Cape Safe Keep Sikeston Safe for our Kids Safety and Health

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 12:12 PM

I agree that Cape needs to initiate something like this! Too bad they won't though. It is very sad that Cape has to put up with gangs and no one really cares.

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Sat, Aug 3, 2013, at 9:57 PM

parents in cape need to watch their children. they have no business in the streets unsupervised at age 5 and 6. I see the next group of gang members growing up right under my nose

-- Posted by susiequ on Sun, Aug 4, 2013, at 8:48 AM

Wait, here comes Eric Holder to defend the civil rights of these poor victims of white racism.

-- Posted by fairbro on Wed, Aug 7, 2013, at 1:53 PM

Where is Eric Holder, to defend the civil rights of these poor victims of white racism?

-- Posted by fairbro on Wed, Aug 7, 2013, at 2:21 PM

The daughter of my Eastern European friend, a beautiful young lady, is going to start at SEMO in September. What should I tell her about Cape G. ? What areas to avoid?

Geez, I thought this would be better than LA or NY.

I have driven through Cairo at night, I won't forget it.

-- Posted by fairbro on Wed, Aug 7, 2013, at 2:25 PM

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