Five Suspected Jersey City Gang Members Charged With Murder Of Rival Gang Member And 17 Year Old Bystander | USAO-NJ

NEWARK, NJ – Five suspected members and associates of a neighborhood gang in Jersey City, New Jersey have been charged with their roles in two gang-related shootings, US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today .

Shaquan Rush, alias “Nut”, alias “Sha”, 21; Darby Shirden, aka “GoHard”, aka “GH”, 21; and Jeremy Perez, alias “Smoov”, alias “JSmoov”, 23, all of Jersey City, each charged by charges of one count of murder for the benefit of racketeering, one count of attempted murder for the benefit of racketeering and two counts of racketeering discharging a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence. Devon Tutten, aka “Joker”, 24; and Tyree Witherspoon, alias “Surf”, alias “Sonny”, 29, both of Jersey City, were also each charged with one count of murder for the benefit of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence. The defendants will appear for the first time on a date to be determined.

According to the complaint:

Rush, Shirden, Perez, Tutten, and Witherspoon are all associated with neighborhood street gangs in Jersey City – specifically, a street gang that operates in the Rutgers Avenue and Triangle Park area.

On April 1, 2020, in retaliation for the murder of a high-ranking member of the Rutgers Avenue gang on March 31, 2020, Rush, Shirden and Perez went to the territory of rival gang members associated with the Salem Lafayette apartments and opened fire. on a group of people on the street. Two victims were shot dead: an individual associated with the street gang Salem Lafayette and a 17-year-old girl who was walking in the street. The girl died the next day from her gunshot wound.

On April 4, 2020, in retaliation for an attempted shooting on April 3, 2020, Tutten and Witherspoon went to the territory of rival gang members associated with Wilkinson Avenue and opened fire on a group of people in the street. An individual associated with the Wilkinson Street Gang was shot in the head and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The charge of murder for racketeering carries a mandatory sentence of death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. For their respective charges of using a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence, the five defendants face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, which must run consecutively to any jail term imposed on any other charges. For their respective racketeering attempted murder charges, Rush, Shirden and Perez also face additional jail terms of up to 10 years.

US Attorney Sellinger credited the Hudson County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Esther Suarez; the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety James Shea; and special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, the investigation leading to the charges.

This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI). The VCI was formed in 2018 by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Attorney’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of tackling violent crime. in Jersey City and surrounding areas. As part of this partnership, federal, state, departmental and municipal agencies work together to strategize and prioritize prosecutions against violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is made up of the United States Attorney’s Office, FBI, ATF, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Marshals, Jersey City Police Department, Office from the Hudson County District Attorney, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Parole, Hudson County Jail, and the State Police Intelligence and Operations Center of New Jersey / Real Time Crime Center.

The case is continued by Desiree Grace, deputy head of the criminal division in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are only charges, and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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