Hilltop Crips have been powerful criminal force for 20 years

BY STACEY MULICK (The News Tribune)

The Hilltop Crips have a long history.

Tacoma police investigators say that over the past 20 years, the gang has been “a powerful criminal force on the streets of Tacoma.” Its members have been convicted of murders, aggravated blankaults, robberies and other drug and gang charges.

About 15 teens formed the gang, originally known as the 23rd Street Hilltop Crips, in the late 1980s. It’s had a foothold in Tacoma since.

The gang’s young founders were attracted to the lifestyle exhibited by the Los Angeles gangsters working Tacoma’s streets.

According to court documents filed in a recent crackdown against the gang:

“They chose gang monikers for themselves; they established gang signs that they would form with their hands; they began wearing unique clothing that identified them as members of the Crip gang and they became involved in acts of extreme violence.

“They also immersed themselves in the sale of rock cocaine in Tacoma.”

Turf wars drove members of the rival Bloods off the Hilltop and into other parts of the city, predominantly the East Side. The original Hilltop Crips recruited other youngsters, and the gang eventually had as many as 300 members.

“They became so strong that they overcame the Los Angeles gangs in the area,” charging documents state. “Soon Los Angeles gang members operated only if the HTCs allowed them to do so.”

In the early years, youngsters flaunted their gang membership.

Tacoma police detective John Ringer, who’s been investigating gangs for 20 years, still has the photo albums he carried in his patrol car in the late 1980s. The albums, called gang books, contain pictures of identified gang members.

When on patrol, Ringer said, he stopped to talk and identify gang members.

Sometimes gang members would flag him down and ask to see the book. If their photos weren’t in the albums, he said, the gang members would pose for snapshots and flash their signs.

In the late 1990s, law enforcement struck several blows to the gang when the Pierce County Violent Crimes Task Force targeted the Hilltop’s streets and the gangsters committing violence and dealing drugs.

A series of undercover operations focused on cocaine dealers and led to hundreds of arrests, including many Hilltop Crips.

The South Sound Gang Task Force, which was created in 2003, also has taken off several key players of the gang over the past six years. Investigators say the size of the gang rises and falls, but now it has more than 200 members and blankociates.

In recent years, gang members quit flaunting their affiliations when they were stopped by police, Ringer said. They’ve also been more evasive in flying their colors, he said

Eventually most of the original members of the gang either have been locked up or ki*led.

However, police investigators say the gang has been rebounding and rebuilding its ranks. They say they’re seeing second and third generations of gang members.

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61 Comments for “Hilltop Crips have been powerful criminal force for 20 years”

  1. Sonny

    This is king hill top Luke you punk Im plotting

  2. sonny

    King hill top says f#@$k the police the top is mine

  3. I dont like hilltop, egc guy!

    • Yepp f#@$k ki*lTOP ni66a it7 74 till Da world 6low$ f#@$k ckrabb as ni66a

      • Menace loc

        74 11 bkitch blank guy st. paul 60s Crip all day we ki*l a broke blank garbage diggers erday loc. Slobk 187 eastside st. pistol (st. paul)

      • BigOutCast

        Stop it Loc ! Trith is them Hill Top Crips run the pen and non of ya folks ever tried to get it on wit them. I was locced up an ya’ll niccahs tried gang hangin instead of gang bangin.the only niccahs in Wa state get any love in Cali is them HTC’s ya BGD’s and fake Snoovers get worked over

  4. sonny

    king hill top saids f#@$k you want a battle chick

  5. john bragg

    im a crip

  6. john bragg

    f#@$k you

  7. whats craccin cuz scarloc here reading abkout the hill top crips keep bangin homies with me we will ce all streets and demolish all slobks I dont like a flood sky high homie if you ain’t true you ain’t banging

  8. BigBunnyB

    f#@$k Tacoma if u come up to Lynnwood with all that sh*% guy yo blank gonna get dropped

  9. BigBunnyB

    f#@$k Tacoma if u come up to Lynnwood with all that sh*% yo blank gonna get dropped



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  13. mr253

    I dont like 7hoe and I dont like egk and lynwood never been hard.

    • BigOutCast

      n ya know it homie ! Fake snoovers been puttin anyone on for years ! The only hard niccah I knew from that set was LilWolfLoc from8-Trey Hoover Crip Gang and the 7hoes ki*led him ! He was a real Crip niccah C.I.P LilWolfLoc Ya niccahs Jokes even in L.A. ya niccas anet sh*% no more. If it were’nt for the E.T.G’s you’d been ran off by dem ECC’s and 60’s

  14. micwar2001

    keep plotting!!!!!!!

  15. lol

    lame blank negros gunna get gunned down just like the first generation of every other gang, l2live dumbblankes, hope you get butt f#@$ked in prison

  16. right187

    30 guys in square


    ESC all day cuz

  18. davina

    i really wish these lil websites could screen the faksters lmfao. But anyway i was born and raised in tacoma. I have been reppin HILLTOP since i was twelve and will till i die. As for that lynnwood mess. who are you foolin. cuz it aint none of us

  19. Sharky

    Itz about getting paid. You mix gangs into that slangin your dumb nuff said.

  20. wa-eastside

    there hasn’t been bloods in the east side since the 90s its all crips land

  21. Originalswamp

    aye homie the eastside is sloop what about eastide piru 44 streeters green raggers ? You knoe them shalishan piru niccahs ? And all the sloop little asians olb.’s. That whole housing projects slobs. The homie lil clown from hilltop did a stretch for shooting 2of them.

  22. VICTOR

    LA. is mexican turf

  23. hilltop & S .56 to da 45th was puttn it down

  24. 252smm

    Krab ki*lah bix dropper. Ya some funny talking kuntry guyz. Whats kraking kuz. Y’all sound stupid. R all u west coast the same.I tell ya want u need to do drop ya flags come out here to new York, Jersey whateva n well get u right.

    • canned goods

      wtf, your from the east coast and talking about west coast banging?!! haha what a joke man. gtfo with that weak sh*%. think you confused homie. talking sh*% about the west coast and claiming you’ll get us right?? while you bite the west coast steez. copy our gang culture and try to be like us. you straight comedy man. you dont know cali politics, cali business or history. go ahead stay fronting with that imitation style. fighting for something you know nothing about. no one takes you guys serious.

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