The Richmond Police Department, in collaboration with the Contra Costa County FBI Safe Streets Task Force, today revealed the results of a six-month investigation into the Manor Boyz street gang, which is allegedly responsible for committing several crimes throughout the Bay Area. Operations Big House and Crescent Moon began in January as investigators began connecting a series of homicides and other violent crimes – starting with a July 2016 shooting in the Emerald Triangle.
No victims were located in that incident, but it became apparent that the Manor Boyz were involved, according to police. When asked to characterize how dangerous this particular criminal organization is thought to be, Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown said, “Any time you have young folks who carry loaded firearms and discharge those firearms in public, that is as dangerous as it gets.” “It is a high priority concern,” Brown said. So far, 11 firearms have been seized and six suspects have been arrested, including three who were taken into custody just this morning.
Two more remain outstanding, and investigators went public today in an attempt to bring them to justice. “We’re hopping to put this guy out,” Lt. Felix Tan said, pointing to a picture of suspect Teari Watts, who is wanted in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Alexandra Sweitzer, a young woman fatally shot May 18 during a drug transaction gone wrong at Booker T. Anderson Jr. Park. Teari’s brother, Josha Watts, also remains at large.
In addition to the Sweitzer case, the Manor Boyz are also thought to be involved in the killing of Chrisean Nealy and Javonte Prothro, both in September of last year. The group allegedly has a broad portfolio of criminal enterprises including street and home invasion robberies, credit card fraud, narcotics trafficking, firearms trafficking and human trafficking. “Prostitution of juveniles and adults, they don’t really care,” Tan said.
FBI Special Agent In Charge John Bennett praised the work of the safe streets task force, which he said has been responsible for taking several hundred firearms off the streets in recent years. “The people of Richmond and the Bay Area shouldn’t have to live in fear,” Bennett said. The Manor Boyz are allegedly based out of the Monterey Pines Apartments complex, formerly known as John F. Kennedy Manor, which is where they got their name.
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