Police: Swerve Team crime spree includes Nico Martinez’s killing

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Police: Swerve Team crime spree includes Nico Martinez's killing
Richmond police released images of suspects believed to be part of the violent, far-reaching Swerve Team gang. All suspects are from North Richmond.

Earlier this year, we told you about a half-dozen alleged “Swerve Team” gang members who were charged with attempted murder in the robbery-shooting of an Orinda school board member outside her home last year.

During a media conference Wednesday, the Richmond Police Department joined federal, state and local law enforcement officials to announce more allegations about the Swerve Team gang, including that it is suspected in the September 2016 killing of 18-year-old Otilio “Nico” Martinez in Richmond, “an innocent kid” with no gang affiliation “who was shot 50 times at close range,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The gang is linked to 14 attempted murders, two carjackings, six armed robberies and a home invasion and possibly two East Bay highway shootings, Richmond police Chief Allwyn Brown said.

As part of an 18-month, multi-agency probe into the gang, seven alleged members — all from North Richmond — are in custody in connection with three homicides, including the killing of 26-year-old Melvin James, and crimes throughout Contra Costa County.

The suspects in custody were identified as Tarell Brown, Ronald Fluker, Jermaine Hicks, Tommie Woods, Bobby Williams, Marrico Williams, Torion Young and Cardell Waters. All but Waters remains at large, police said.

The multi-agency investigation was launched following a home invasion robbery at a Fremont home in August 2016, when a detective recognized a member of Swerve Team on surveillance video, Tan said.

Bay City News contributed to this report

5 COMMENTS

  1. Good work. I wish all these clowns a speedy execution.
    But there are plenty more criminals like this in Richmond. Keep the pressure on them and keep the arrests coming.

  2. A hangin would be inappropriate even for these heartless cold blooded killers. They deserve a firing squad like they gave to poor Nico Martinez. Let them experience what it’s like to be shot 50 times at close range. That way they may have a chance to fully appreciate what an awful thing they have done, and how much pain and suffering their ignorant behavior has caused in the world before they are sent back to meet their maker.
    Unfortunately with our imperfect justice system, it is possible these murderers will get the chance to walk free and commit even more crimes and murders. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these already have rap sheets that would make you wonder why they were free to murder and plunder and not locked away.

  3. >>>The suspects in custody were identified as Tarell Brown, Ronald Fluker, Jermaine Hicks, Tommie Woods, Bobby Williams, Marrico Williams, Torion Young and Cardell Waters. All but Waters remains at large, police said.>>>>

    Does the author not understand the definition of at large?
    If they are in custody, then they are not “at large”

  4. It’s pretty clear that residents have grown tired of the gang violence in Richmond. They need the support of the state and fed, if they can’t get it from local councilmen and women, to take their city back.

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