FOUR GANG MEMBERS INDICTED FOR VICIOUS ASSAULT ON 15-YEAR OLD BOY
An indictment was unsealed in Flint charging Doniel A. Heard of Canton, Talasha R. Willis of Flint, Kimberly A. Perryman of Mt. Morris, and Alina D. White of Waterford for their involvement in a vicious assault on a 15-year old boy, United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today.
Schneider was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy T. Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division (FBI), John C. Mullaly, Chief of Police of the Genesee Township Police Department, and David S. Leyton, Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney.
Heard, Willis, Perryman, and White are each charged with a count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and a count of interference with commerce by robbery.
According to the indictment, the defendants, Heard, Willis, Perryman, and White, are members of a street gang known as “M.O.B. 662,” which is a set of the Bloods, a national criminal street gang. The defendants beat and robbed the 15-year old victim, then carved “M.O.B. 662” into his chest with a knife. The indictment alleges that the defendants assaulted the victim for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position in the gang.
“As alleged in the indictment, this was a brutal attack on a 15-year old boy by a violent street gang,” stated United States Attorney Schneider. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute violent street gangs, especially those who target children.”
“This case is a stark reminder that the influence of violent street gangs extends beyond the big cities and into smaller communities such as our own,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “We must be ever-vigilant in thwarting their activities and stopping them from gaining a foothold in Flint and Genesee County and the prosecution of this case is a part of that effort,” he said.
“The defendants’ vicious attack of a 15-year old child is the type of senseless violence that if left unchecked can eat away at the core of a community,” stated Timothy T. Waters, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI. “The FBI, in collaboration with our local and state partners, is dedicated to protecting our neighborhoods from violent street gangs and securing safety for our communities.”
“During the Genesee Township Police Department’s investigation, it became obvious that the nature of the robbery and maiming of the juvenile victim was part of a larger organized gang related activity. Our agency worked closely with the United States Attorney’s Office, the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, and with our State and Federal law enforcement partners to identify and apprehend the criminal parties responsible for this heinous attack,” said Chief Mullaly.
The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Genesee Township Police Department and special agents of the FBI, with assistance from the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Chris Rawsthorne, Ann Nee, and Anthony Vance.