KINGS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES J. HYNES AND NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND W. KELLY ANNOUNCE TAKEDOWN OF A VIOLENT CROWN HEIGHTS STREET GANG
"BROWER BOYS" TRAVERSED ROOFTOPS TO BURGLARIZE APARTMENTS AND ASSAULT VICTIMS, EVEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Brooklyn, May 30, 2012 –Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced a 102-count indictment against 14 members of a Crown Heights street gang, the “Brower Boys”, that committed burglaries, assaults and robberies, in the vicinity of Brower Park.
“These Brower Bums terrorized their neighborhood for one long year, but now their cycle of crime is over,” said District Attorney Hynes. “I would like to thank Police Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD, for their hard work in bringing this case.”
Commissioner Kelly said, “Although some were as young as 13, the Brower Boys were old hands at burglaries and worse – victimizing neighbors, but making the mistake of fighting over the proceeds on Facebook, which led keen NYPD Anti-Crime officers in the 77th Precinct to monitor and arrest them. I commend Police Officer Michael Rodriquez, the anti-crime officer who was integral to the DA’s investigation; the 77th and 79th Precinct detective squads and Brooklyn Special Victims squad for their role in stopping this group.”
The defendants are charged with climbing fire escapes and traversing rooftops, to access apartments, in a year-long burglary spree, from April 2011 to March 2012. The defendants range from 15 to 19 years old, including two juvenile offenders. They stole mainly electronic equipment, like cell phones, laptops, cameras and video games, which they would later pawn, according to the indictment.
Most of the break-ins occurred when residents were not home, but in one incident, four defendants, Derrin Dyson, 18; Dezhaun Samuels, 18; Christopher Scott, 17; and a 13-year-old juvenile, tied up the male and female residents of an apartment, threatened to kill them if they called the police, robbed the apartment, and sexually assaulted the female resident, according to the indictment. On another occasion, defendant Terry Walley, 18, shot a resident of a home the defendant was burglarizing and suffered his own gunshot wound in a struggle with the victim, according to the indictment. Dyson, Samuels and defendant Andre Valentino, 18, are also charged with burglarizing an apartment on Christmas Day 2011, climbing to the roof of Samuel’s building, 921 St. Marks Ave., and traversing neighboring rooftops, before climbing down the victim’s fire escape and entering through a window.
Members of the NYPD Burglary, Larceny And Surveillance Team (BLAST) made video recordings of several defendants entering and leaving apartment windows, climbing up and down fire escape ladders and stairs, and running across rooftops.