Hilltop Crips have been powerful criminal force for 20 years

BY STACEY MULICK (The News Tribune)
03/01/10

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 assaults, 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 associates.

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 killed.

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

  1. mr253

    fucc 7hoe and fucc 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 killed him ! He was a real Crip niccah C.I.P LilWolfLoc Ya niccahs Jokes even in L.A. ya niccas anet shit no more. If it were’nt for the E.T.G’s you’d been ran off by dem ECC’s and 60’s

  2. micwar2001

    keep plotting!!!!!!!

  3. lol

    lame ass negros gunna get gunned down just like the first generation of every other gang, l2live dumbasses, hope you get butt fucked in prison

  4. right187

    30 niggas in square

  5. CURLY LOC

    ESC all day cuz

  6. 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

  7. Sharky

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

  8. wa-eastside

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

  9. 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.

  10. VICTOR

    LA. is mexican turf

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

  12. 252smm

    Krab killa bix dropper. Ya some funny talking kuntry niggaz. 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 shit. think you confused homie. talking shit 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.

  13. Anonymous

    Deport them all to Liberia regardless of race.

  14. Me Meo

    dees noogas look like some wanna be boyz II men mofos

  15. dubbs

    you don’t have to be that hard in SOFT environments- Little rock Arkansas is still the perfect example- weak azz Lil’ moe, aka “L.A. moe” went down to Little Rock back in the late ’80s ( a rollin ’30s/ West side crip) and TURNED THAT CITY OUT.

    Cops up in the northwest did n’t know how to handle the L.A. gang and dope influx and they basically “took over the streets”- these fools wouldn’t last long in So.L.A.

  16. hilltopcrippin

    come on to da 253 n find out

  17. GRAPkE STREET_OG

    Ni66a its grape street cripp all day locc, 107th 6a6y loc’s till the day i die, ni66as in washington from seattle to taconma to fakewood too spokane is alllll week ni66a the fucc lol like 6 ni66as been killed in the lst 3 yrs, ni66a 10+ ni66as get smokedd in LA on a dailyy you ni66as dont know shit bout banngin, most the time when your homiess gett smoked yall dont do shit anyways i came up there one time in my life in like 94′ and theyy was coo (HTC) but noww all there lil dumbass kids try and claim there hood theres more fake hilltop bangers thenn i eva seen bkfore, ni66a grape street wud mashhh them ni66as, smh lil ni66as, cuhz crips started in LA yall wouldnt have “killtop” if it wsnt fer us ni66a, stop givin crip a bad name and hang up your cheap made flagss loc, leave crippn to cali ni66as cause yall aint doin it right locc

    • Real Crippen

      Nigga My Dad Big Bk Is From Grape Nd If U Dnt Know Who That Is Then Ur Not Reall Baby Loc Grape St Crip On Me Nd I Was Born In Cali Moved Up To Tacoma Nd Im From The SouthEnd YGC/Tf Clicc Nd We Gets It Popping So Wat Chu Saying Game??

    • HilltopLocOn23rdFoo

      grape street crips is a LA area set. I didn’t know crips in LA was on the 6. We don’t ride the 6.. HTC FOO!

  18. hilltop KELSO

    yo! u aint even down foo if u an OG or a straight up ~SLOB KILLA~ u can bang a six piont star if u OG but as for HTC they are the real deal SO DONT FUCK WITH US 211 FO LIFE!

  19. coldhouse

    25 years to be exact and I’m not proud to say that what so ever because all Its done is cause more conflict with no organization amongst our black communities. Another Master Plan to control our strong black men, by the supper powers of the world.
    I’m on a whole new way of thinking and its not controlled by what I wear or what set I claim. And the supper powers have NO CONTROL OVER ME !
    find find yourselves and do the same, otherwise they control you too !
    #TURR #DADS

    @LBVISIONSTV

  20. coldhouse benZino

    25 YEARS
    And I’m not in any form proud of that fact.
    The supper powers of this world controls us, with hate
    n our own communities, but we have to organize and work together, enough people have died, just as in history of civil wars now its time to operate as a united nation of streets,
    follow me at FACEBOOK.COM/LBVISIONS

  21. Gangs sucks

    It be nice if these gangbangers can learn how to shoot so they can killed each other on target and not fkn missed like idiot and hit an innocent bystander . But you always see themr flaunting their guns like they some professional sniper. Fucking dumbass get a job or learn how to shot. I don’t mind you mfkers killing each other. Representing a block you don’t even pay property tax on . Gangs are to stupid and funny. Fucking characters

  22. Don'tjoingangsitsstupid

    It be nice if these gangbangers can learn how to shoot so they can killed each other on target and not fkn missed like idiot and hit an innocent bystander . But you always see them flaunting their guns like they some professional sniper. Fucking dumbass get a job or learn how to shot. I don’t mind you mfkers killing each other. Representing a block you don’t even pay property tax on . Gangs are to stupid and funny. Fucking characters

  23. cj

    Look at these fools that wannabe white boy at the front probably still lives with his momma

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