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13 Gang Members Arrested in Massive Bronx Takedown, DA Says

By Trevor Kapp | July 22, 2015 10:50am
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Members of the "Blood Hounds" terrorized the Bedford Park section of The Bronx, prosecutors said.
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THE BRONX — Thirteen Bloods gang members have been indicted following a lengthy investigation into shootings and drug sales that have terrorized the Bedford Park neighborhood for two years, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said.

The suspects, who range in age from 17 to 35, are members of the “Blood Hounds” gang and are believed to have taken part in numerous shootings dating back to 2013, authorities said. They also bragged about many of their exploits on social media, prosecutors added.

In one incident, several “Blood Hounds” attacked a victim inside a bodega on East 198th Street and Grand Concourse, dragged him to the sidewalk and kicked, stomped and beat him, the DA’s office said.

In another,  Aaron “Onix Hound” Smith posted a message on Facebook asking fellow gang member Aaliyah “Chasity” Floyd to lend him a gun, prosecutors said. Floyd is also seen in pictures brandishing a weapon and posting that she’d gotten a gun as a birthday gift, according to the indictment.

“Gangs and guns are two of the most serious and troubling problems we are still dealing with in The Bronx,” DA Robert Johnson said.

“We have made a significant dent in the problem that plagues our residents.”

The defendants are: Aaliyal “Chasity” Floyd, 20; Michael “Mike” Maldonado, 18; Rodney “Nitty” Maldonado, 35; Luis “Rast” Manso, 17; Orlando “Wild Hound” Martinez, 17; Ezequiel “EZ” Ochoa, 18; Percy “Chino” Ochoa, 19; Joseph “Sleepy” Perez, 19; Trevor “Jay Montana” Phillips, 18; Jason “Super” Roman, 30; Steven “Sikk Hound” Sanchez, 20; Aaron “Onix” Smith, 19; and Ryan “Ra Bella” Rosario, who prosecutors say isn’t a Blood Hound but is accused of aiding members.

They face a slew of charges ranging from conspiracy to gang assault to attempted murder.