3rd Update - Final Gang Member Now In Custody
April 7, 2006 -- The last of
three members of a Houston gang targeted and wanted by the Houston
Police Gang Murder Squad is now in custody after surrendering
to homicide investigators at HPD Headquarters about 8 p.m. on
Thursday (Apr. 6).
The suspect, initially identified as Kevin Earl
Curry (b/m, DOB 1-25-70), goes by the names of 'Fast Black' and
'Smooth Black.' The suspect's true identity is Gary Curry, who
has been using Kevin as an alias. He is charged with murder in
the 176th State District Court in the February 17 killing of one
man and wounding of another at 10110 Forum Park. Both victims
knew Curry and were shot multiple times.
Two other wanted suspects featured in a news
conference on Wednesday (Apr. 5) are also in custody following
extensive media coverage from the news conference. Derrick Dwayne
West (b/m, DOB 12-16-79), also known as 'D-West,' is charged with
two counts of aggravated assault in the 230th State District Court
for his role in the shooting of a woman at 10001 Club Creek on
November 9, 2005, and the shooting of a male at 11555 Bissonnet
on November 6, 2005. In each of the incidents West is charged,
he knew the victims. The other suspect, Bianca Johnson (b/f, DOB
8-21-88), also known as 'Anastasia,' was arrested by officers
with the HPD Westside Patrol Division tactical and gang units
during a traffic stop at 12750 Briar Forest about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Johnson's mother contacted investigators with information on her
whereabouts and said she had convinced her daughter to surrender
to police. Following her arrest, Johnson confessed to shooting
a woman in the face at the apartment at 10001 Club Creek on November
9, 2005 (same incident West is charged in). Johnson is charged
with aggravated assault in the 230th State District Court.
At Wednesday's news conference, investigators
in the Houston Police Homicide Division Gang Murder Squad announced
they had arrested 13 suspects, cleared 16 of 17 investigations
centering on one gang and asked the public's help in locating
three suspects who were at large.
Since its formation in January, the gang murder
squad has identified and targeted the 16 suspects from a blood
gang called 'The 5-9 Bounty Hunters' and its affiliate groups
wanted for various violent crimes, many of them in the southwest
side of the city. Seven of those crimes were murders. Of those
16 suspects, 13 (now all 16) had been taken into custody by officers
from several divisions within HPD. Those divisions include the
Gang Division, Westside Patrol tactical unit, Fondren Patrol gang
unit and officers working an ongoing citywide overtime program
called the Neighborhood Enforcement Taskforce Team (NETT).
The Gang Murder Squad focused on apartment complexes
at 9700 South Gessner, 8100 Gustine, 11500 Bissonnet and 12200
Sapling Way due to extremely high occurrences of violent crime
at those locations. Members of the same gang seemed to be prevalent
in the investigations and investigators began to piece together
the cases thanks to intelligence and cooperation from several
divisions within HPD.
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