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