By Jim Kouri
Up-and-coming Rap music performer Ronald Herron, also known as “Ra Diggs,” “Ra Digga” and “Raheem,” was charged in federal court on Monday in Brooklyn, New York, with multiple crimes, including three murders related to his leadership of a “set” of the Bloods Street Gang.
A federal indictment charges the 30-year old suspect with whopping 23 counts, including murder, racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, illegal use and possession of firearms, and narcotics trafficking.
According to the indictment and other court filings submitted by the federal government — and obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police — a multi-year joint investigation by the FBI and the NYPD revealed that since 1998, Herron allegedly committed numerous crimes of violence in support of his criminal enterprise in and around the Gowanus Houses, a New York City public housing project located in Kings County (Brooklyn).
Among other things, Herron is charged with the 2001 narcotics-related murder of Frederick Brooks, an offense of which Herron was acquitted in state court after witnesses refused to testify because they were threatened or intimidated by Herron and his associates.
Herron has also been charged with the 2008 murder of Richard Russo and the 2009 murder of Victor Zapata. In addition, Herron is accused of three attempted murders, including a 2008 stabbing in a Manhattan nightclub.
As detailed in government reports, this violent suspect posted videos of himself on the Internet in which he actually identified himself as the leader of the “Murderous Mad Dogs” set of the Bloods Street Gang, and claimed that he was the leader of a “murder team” and had previously “beat a body.”
The videos also showed Herron firing weapons and threatening to use them to kill people. Herron also posted messages on Twitter in which he boasted that he had “beat the stabbing,” “beat the attempt,” and “beat the body.”
The charges announced Monday are the latest in a series of federal indictments in Brooklyn charging members of violent street gangs with racketeering crimes.
New York City’s popular Police Commissioner Ray Kelly stated, “As alleged, Ronald Herron and his gang have a history of violence, intimidation and murder in the neighborhood around the Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn, and Herron even boasted on twitter about getting away with his crimes. His tweets were premature. I commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as NYPD detectives and federal agents, for their work in this case.”