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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Grape Street Crips Gang Member, Two Others Indicted For Alleged Murder During Home-Invasion Robbery

NEWARK, N.J. – Three Newark men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their alleged roles in an August 2015 home invasion that left one person dead, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Aaron Terrell, a/k/a “Push,” 26, Jahad Lemons, a/k/a “JBird,” 26, and Papayaw Mack, a/k/a “GY,” 25, were each charged by indictment with one count of murder during a crime of violence, one count of Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy, one count of Hobbs Act robbery, and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the indictment:

On Aug. 18, 2015, Terrell, Lemons, Mack, and two other individuals – referred to in the indictment as “CC-1” and “CC-2” – allegedly used firearms to rob the apartment of an individual referred to in the indictment as “Victim-1” at a residential building in Newark. They targeted Victim-1 because they believed Victim-1was a heroin trafficker whose residence contained narcotics and related proceeds.

At the residential building, Terrell, Lemons, Mack, CC-1, and CC-2 allegedly surrounded Victim-1, forced him into his apartment, and then proceeded to rob at gunpoint Victim-1 – as well as Victim-2 and Victim-3 who were already inside the apartment – of cash and personal affects. During the course of the robbery, Terrell and CC-2 allegedly discharged their firearms, which killed Victim-1 and seriously wounded Victim-2.

All three men were originally charged by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office with murder and robbery. On Aug. 26, 2015, Terrell was arrested by the Newark Police Department, while Lemons was arrested in Georgia on October 26, 2015. Mack remains at large. Terrell is also facing separate federal charges in a sixth superseding indictment for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy related to the New Jersey set of the Grape Street Crips, a violent street gang operating in and around Newark.

Each defendant faces a potential sentence of life in prison for the count of murder during a crime of violence. The count of using a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a potential sentence of life, and that sentence must be consecutive to any other sentence imposed. The Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery counts each carry a potential sentence of 20 years in prison. All four counts carry a potential fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked prosecutors and detectives of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, and police officers and detectives of the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the direction of Director Anthony F. Ambrose, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Osmar J. Benvenuto and Barry A. Kamar of the Criminal Division in Newark. 

This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. 

Defense counsel:        

Terrell: Michael N. Pedicini Esq.

Lemons: Kathleen M. Theurer Esq.

Violent Crime
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Updated December 20, 2016