It’s the residents of the 800 block of Joseph Avenue who are credited by federal and state law enforcement with bringing down the “Murder Unit” gang. The gang, known for sporting red bandanas on their ankles and in their pockets, was responsible for years of violence and drug activity in the neighborhood.
“They were known for controlling every facet of narcotic and violent activity in that area,” says Terrance Flynn, U.S. District Attorney, “in this case you had multiple calls, multiple complaints of a history that the Rochester Police Department and ATF were able to develop. “
After a three year surveillance effort, the last of the 11-member gang will finally be sentenced on charges of conspiracy, drugs and weapons possession. Federal and state investigators say "Murder Unit" may also be connected to several unsolved city murders. However, the problem of gang activity in
“Gangs are a problem in this area and quite frankly throughout the
Group 14621 says there are inherent problems in many of the neighborhoods such as poverty, domestic violence and broken families. Many of the gangs operating in these neighborhoods are often not from the area. Roby-Davison says the only way residents can currently break up the gangs is by coming forward when they spot suspicious activity.
“We absolutely encourage people to come forward, to the NET office, to the police department, in some cases they send them to us, it could be anonymously. All it takes is a handful of people in some cases, to hold an area, a street or block a hostage.”