Only On Fox: Feds Visit Homes Of Alleged Gang Members
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With the skyscrapers of Center City off in distance, undercover officers and federal agents gathered in South Philadelphia. They came as part of a crackdown on gang activity. Their target is a notorious Asian street gang.
"Tiny Rascal Gang is their name and there's nothing humorous. It's a violent gang known for being involved in shootings. We use all caution with them," said Lt. Ed Zongolowicz of Criminal Intelligence Unit.
Investigators from the Criminal Intelligence Unit, FBI and ATF fanned out across South Philly. Their plan was to visit the homes of 47 known TRG gang members or associates.
At each home, officers knocked, then entered with interpreters and a message for gang members or their parents.
"Our primary objective is to go out there and issue a warning to them that the investigation shows that they could be a likely target of violence," said Lt. Zongolowicz.
An alleged TRG member was taken into custody. He had an outstanding warrant for being a scofflaw. He wasn't too happy about being arrested, but he went quietly.
These visits by police were prompted by half a dozen shootings and murders in recent months. The goal here is to prevent more gang related violence.
"We're not going to tolerate retaliatory shootings. We're worried about not only them. We're worried about other people that may be caught up in this violence and we're trying to stem it," said Chief Inspector Bill Colarulo of Philadelphia Police.
TRG has roots in South Philadelphia dating back to the mid 90s. Gang tags have popped up on corners near 15th and Moore and 6th Street near another gang known as D-Block.
"There is definitely an increase or an influx in gang activity in this city and we're trying to stem it," said Chief Inspector Colarulo.
All of the gang-related intelligence information gathered from gang members and officers on Thursday's detail will be loaded into a huge criminal database.
It will then be passed along to officers on the street so they have the most up-to-date available information on this gang the next time violence breaks out.
By Dave Schratwieserhttp://www.myfoxphilly.com/myfox/pages/ ... 1.1&sflg=1