Fourteen suspected gang members were indicted yesterday for allegedly wreaking havoc on a Harlem block with drug dealing, shootings, and in one case attempted murder, the Manhattan district attorney said Wednesday.
“These defendants are young, they’re armed, and they have made our streets unsafe for too long,” DA Cyrus R. Vance said in a statement announcing the indictment.
Nine out of the 14 suspects are age 18 or younger.
Jonathan Hernandez, 19, faces the most serious charge, attempted murder, for allegedly firing shots into a crowd.
The suspects were members of the Manhattan gangs “2 Mafia Family” and “Goons on Deck” before forming the “137th Street Crew” and selling crack cocaine on West 137th Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues, prosecutors said.
The teens used money from drug sales to support jailed gang members, prosecutors said.
Daniel Scott, attorney for Louis Williams, who is charged with weapon and drug-related conspiracy, called the case against his client “extremely thin” based on the indictment.
The other suspect attorneys could not be reached for comment.
If convicted, the teens could face four years to life in prison, depending on the charge.