Harpys Dead End are a predominately Latino Street gang located in the West Adams section in South Los Angeles. The gang formed in the 1960s in the area north of the University of Southern California.
Daniel “Popeye” Roman from Harpys is a Mexican Mafia member who has been in prison for a 1984 1st degree murder.
In 1988, journalist Tom Brokaw interviewed several Harpys members on Adams Blvd near Vermont.
In 2010, several disgruntled Harpys members agreed to inform against Daniel Roman because of frustration stemming from the demand of high taxes by Roman. The investigation led to the arrest of Roman’s daughter, Vianna, who was allegedly taking care of gang business for her incarcerated father. In 2015, after pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison. Manuel Valencia, 38, of Harpys was sentenced on to 27 years in federal prison from the same indictment.
Rapper Jose “Conejo” Martin, is one of the most popular Chicano rappers in Los Angeles but in 2002 a warrant for his arrest was issued in connection to the death of Mario Eduardo Gutierrez. Gutierrez, 25, had attended a party at a home in the 4800 block of West 48th Street in the Vermont Square neighborhood. A fight occurred at the party, and Gutierrez tried to stop the fight by firing his weapon several times into the air. The crowd grabbed him, took his gun and shot him. A witness implicated Conejo as the shooter and it took 14 years to arrest in Mexico in December 2016.