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Westchester Man Charged With Attempted Murder In Bronx Gang Bust

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A Westchester man is facing federal charges, including attempted murder, for his alleged gang activity in Bronx.

Jaleel Baron, 24, was arraigned on several charges in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He faces up to life in prison if convicted on drug charges, officials said.

Baron and seven other alleged gang members were charged as the U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of an indictment on Thursday.

Baron, Bronx residents Jean Baptiste Lessage, David Buckhanon, Jammal Lindo and Kyle Mullings, and Pennsylvania resident Norman Edwards were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday, and Bronx resident Ali Hamilton is already incarcerated on related federal charges, officials said. Bronx resident Maurice Simmons remained at large as of Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not say where in Westchester Baron lives.

"As alleged, through the sale of crack cocaine and their violent conflict with rival crews, the Beach Avenue Crew wreaked havoc on the streets of Bronx," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

The gang operated from at least 2009 through February 2017, mostly in the neighborhood around Beach Avenue in Bronx, officials said. The crew members allegedly used violence to control the sale of crack cocaine in that neighborhood.

Baron, also known as "Jah" and "Youngin," Lindo and Lessage tried to kill a rival drug dealer by shooting him on August 2, 2016, on Archer Street in Bronx, officials said.

Baron has been charged with assault and attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity; narcotics conspiracy; racketeering conspiracy; and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the NYPD also worked on the investigation.

 

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Chase Scheinbaum

is a student at the Columbia Journalism School, covering the Highbridge section of Bronx. Before coming to Columbia he worked as a staff reporter for a midsize daily newspaper in Western Massachusetts, and a freelance writer for regional magazines and a daily newspaper there.