Cops Bust Armed 'Bloods' In Edgemere
The NYPD busted three armed members of the Bloods street gang early last Sunday morning in Edgemere.
Officers were on patrol near the Ocean Bay Apartments at about 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, when they saw the three men - known to police as members of the Bloods street gang, crossing Beach Channel Drive near Beach 56 Street. One of the men, Dominique Dixson, 17, saw the cops and repeatedly gestured at his bulging waistband - an audacious indication that he was armed, police said.
As cops moved in, Dixson allegedly tried to pull a loaded .38 caliber handgun from his waistband, but an officer tackled Dixson, knocking his weapon to the ground. That's when, police say, fellow Bloods member Shaheem J. Green, 19, pulled a loaded TEC-9 machine gun from his waistband.
Green pointed the machine gun - which would later be found to contain 21 rounds - at the officers, who couldn't fire at him due to the number of civilians in the area, according to police. The officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the small machine gun, but Green turned and, along with the third alleged Blood, Devon Crosby, 26, fled into a nearby playground.
With Dixson in custody, several officers chased Green and Crosby through the playground, which was also occupied by civilians, and then followed the men into the housing complex building at 54-22 Beach Channel Drive. The gang members headed for a first-floor apartment, and a struggle broke out between the officers, the suspects and several others who tried to block the police.
Officers called for additional units as they struggled in a narrow hallway to place the armed men under arrest. One of the officers was dealt a closed-fist punch, while another suffered a fracture to his hand during the fracas. Additional units from the 100 and 101 Precincts arrived and a total of nine arrests were made.
Police recovered Green's TEC-9 containing 21 rounds, Dixson's .38 caliber with four rounds and a .32 semi-automatic pistol they say belonged to Crosby. The serial numbers were filed off of each of the potentially lethal firearms, making them harder to trace.
Dixson, Green and Crosby were each charged with various counts of criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and criminal trespass, according to court records. Green faces additional menacing and second-degree assault charges. Dixson, of 54-09 Almeda Avenue, was arraigned later that day. Judge William Harrington set bail at $10,000 and a return date of September 7. Crosby and Green, both of 54-49 Beach Channel Drive, were arraigned before Judge Mary O'Donoghue, who set bail at $75,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The Bloods street gang has an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 members in major cities across the United States who specialize in drug trafficking, robbery and murder. Police closely monitor suspected gang members' affiliations on the street, tattoos and other indicators of gang allegiance.