By Kyle James  |  06-27-2018   News
Photo credit: Peoria Police Department

Federal authorities have taken down a notorious Bomb Squad street gang who conspired to murder, extort, and commit acts of violence in the city of Peoria over the last five years. Authorities allege the gang operated to further their criminal ambition in a 63-page federal indictment which charges the gang members with racketeering conspiracy and violating the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act.

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If the 15 Bomb Squad gang members are convicted, each could face up to life in prison. The gang members were also charged with illegal weapons counts and drug distribution. There are also charges under the Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) clause of the U.S. code. The additional counts under the VICAR clause allege the gang members used a dangerous weapon and conspired to assassinate someone.

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Another of the allegations claims the Bomb Squad gang was linked to a shooting at an off-campus Bradley University party on April 8, 2018. The claim says that Kentrevion Watkins supplied a handgun to Jermontay Brock, 16, of 2209 W. Millman St. who then used it to fatally shoot Anthony Polnitz at the West Bradley Avenue party. Another Bradley University student was also killed at the same party, 18-year-old Nasjay Murry.

The federal indictments were announced at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Downtown Peoria in a joint press conference by federal officials, state, and local law enforcement at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Five of the 15 gang members indicted were already in custody and early morning raids in South Peoria apprehended the remaining fugitives except for Watkins. Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Peoria police confirmed that Watkins was apprehended and in custody.

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Whitey No. 29836 1530070711

Fancy names there, fancy names. Enjoy prison, fancy lads.

Anonymous No. 29837 1530072970

Get your soap on a rope boys,

Anonymous No. 29839 1530073624

Seems the fancy named guys were the animalistic thugs that were preying on the more normal named guy? Wonder if the ones with the fancy names turn out shittier than others?

Anonymous No. 29841 1530075283

Niggers commit savage crimes against white communities? That never happens!

Anonymous No. 29842 1530075914

Waste of money, waste of life. End it cheaply next time.

Anonymous No. 29860 1530095099

Where I have a I seen the faces before… was it BLM, or the Democrat Organized riots leading up to the Elections?

AmandaTrebiano No. 30018 1530279155

Wow. Illinois KNOWS how to file RICO charges against someone–anyone?? Who would have thought? Give me a call fellas, I've got a half dozen silver platter cases for you–names, dates, places, documents and MORE including corruption in the Peoria Federal Courthouse I personally witnessed!!

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Eric turner No. 29843 1542509088
Its sad to see a waste of life.i think if you give poor people jobs this type of thing would not happen.being poor and with out hope in this city.
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