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Thursday, October 19, 2017

“Rival Impact” Gang Member Charged In Brooklyn Federal Court With Double Homicide

Defendant Is Second Member of Coney Island-Based Gang Indicted for the 2010 Murders of Their Rivals

Nabiu Mansaray, a member of a Coney Island-based gang known variously as “Mermaid Boys,” “Mermaids,” “Rival Impact,” “R.I.,” and “33rd Street Crew,” will be arraigned this afternoon in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on a superseding indictment charging him with crimes including racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, narcotics trafficking and unlawful use of firearms.  Mansaray’s co-defendant, Frank Smith, was previously arraigned on similar charges in the Eastern District of New York after his arrest on the underlying indictment on July 7, 2016, and is charged with additional racketeering acts in the superseding indictment.  Mansaray will be arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Steven L. Tiscione, following his removal from Maryland, where he was arrested by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 15, 2017, pursuant to the superseding indictment.


The charges were announced by Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).


As detailed in the superseding indictment, between January 2000 and January 2014, to maintain Rival Impact’s power and hold in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, the defendants and their gang engaged in widespread narcotics distribution and violence, including the October 4, 2010 murders of Terrance Serrano and Rashawn Washington, in addition to various attempted murders, robberies, assaults and acts of intimidation.  Serrano and Washington, who were members of a rival gang known as “Thirty-O,” were shot and killed while sitting in their car after leaving a nightclub in Manhattan, just north of Union Square.


The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Cruz Melendez, Jennifer M. Sasso and Josh Hafetz are in charge of the prosecution.


The Defendants:


FRANK SMITH (“Fresh,” “Freez,” and “Freezee”)

Age: 32

Staten Island, New York


NABIU MANSARAY (“Monchichi” and “Chich”)

Age: 33

Germantown, Maryland


EDNY Docket No. 16-CR-346 (FB)

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Updated October 19, 2017