Six members of a Jersey City gang have been charged with the August 3, 2020, stabbing of an individual on a busy street in Jersey City, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.
Federal officials said in a press release that Mr. Sheldon Mays, aka “Thottie,” 21, Mr. Jermaine Jennings, aka “Maine” and “Drill,” 20, Mr. Divine Abraham, aka “Dee,” 21, Mr. Jamil Bowens, 20, and Mr. Jaylen Boone, 21, all of Jersey City, made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa today and were detained.
Mr. Yahsier Brown, 19, of Jersey City, previously made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court and was detained.
Federal authorities said they each are charged by complaint with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon to aid racketeering activity.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Mays, Jennings, Abraham, Bowens, Boone and Brown are allegedly members of a street gang known to operate around the Curries Woods Housing Complex in Jersey City.
In retaliation for a prior assault of Mays by Individual-1 and other rival gang members and furtherance of an ongoing feud amongst the two gangs, the defendants sought out Individual-1, assaulted him, and stabbed him in broad daylight on a busy street in Jersey City.
Individual-1 suffered life-threatening injuries.
The count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.