Alex Crandon, a 20 year-old Brooklyn man who was arrested and jailed briefly following an October drive-by shooting on Ocean Drive, is one of 15 members of the Brooklyn-based street gang GS9 who were arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday and charged with a slew of crimes including murder, assault, conspiracy, weapons and narcotics crimes.
An October Miami Beach police arrest report says that Crandon, and 22 year-old Dimitri Mara Bastien, were stopped by Miami Beach police in the 1500 block of Washington Ave. because the 2014 Nissan Altima they were riding in matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with the shooting at Fat Tuesday.
Crandon was arrested for knowingly driving with a suspended license, and Bastien was arrested for marijuana possession and possession of counterfeit currency.
Charges against Bastien are winding their way through the court system, but a search of the Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts website turns up nothing on Crandon.
At the time I wrote that "police believe that Bastien and Crandon were involved in some way with the drive-by shooting, but aren't being specific. At this point they have not been charged with the shooting."
Following the shooting at Fat Tuesday, Miami Beach police immediately linked the GS9 gang to the shooting but apparently weren't able to make a connection between Crandon and the Brooklyn-based gang.
From the Washington Post:
For Bobby Shmurda — the baby-faced, 20-year-old hip-hop artist arrested in a drug trafficking sting this week — life allegedly seems to have imitated art all too closely. On Thursday, Shmurda, born Ackquille Pollard, and more than a dozen others were charged in a 69-count indictment that included murder, attempted murder, dealing drugs, weapons possession and a list of other crimes in connection with a long-term investigation into shootings and narcotics dealing in Brooklyn.
The investigation allegedly turned up 21 guns. One was allegedly a handgun concealed in a duffle bag on Shmurda’s lap when police arrested him in a car outside Quad Recording — the same studio in Manhattan where Tupac Shakur was shot in 1994. A second gun and a small amount of crack cocaine were also allegedly found in the car.
The two members of the group charged with murder, Alex “A-Rod” Crandon and Rashid “Rasha” Derissant, are accused of killing a member of rival gang, “Brooklyn’s Most Wanted,” on Feb. 8, 2013, outside a Brooklyn bodega.
Shmurda, meanwhile, is accused of firing shots at a crowd outside a barbershop in Brooklyn early this year, and of being present when shots were fired during a confrontation with a rival gang outside a courthouse in January. His friends allegedly had a habit of firing wildly into crowds, prompting bystanders at nightclubs in New York City and Miami to run for cover on multiple occasions.
From a Dec. 18 press release from the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York:
15 Members of “GS9” Gang Indicted and Arrested: 21 Firearms Seized
Indictment charges Murder, Assault, Conspiracy, Weapons and Narcotics Crimes
BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner WILLIAM J. BRATTON and Brooklyn District Attorney KENNETH P. THOMPSON announced today the arrest and indictment of 15 members of “GS9”, also known as “G Stone Crips,” a street gang based in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. As charged in the indictment, members of GS9 engaged in violent disputes with rival gangs, committed murder and carried out numerous non-fatal shootings. GS9 members are also charged in multiple instances of gunfire in public locations in which no one was shot in both New York City and Miami, Fla. Twelve indicted defendants are charged with narcotics trafficking and using the proceeds to further the criminal activities of the gang.
The 69-count indictment contains charges of Conspiracy and substantive charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault, Attempted Assault, Weapons Possession, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment, Narcotics Sales and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.
Police seized 21 guns during the course of the long-term investigation, which was conducted by New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Narcotics Gang Unit, with assistance from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Innocent Bystander Shooting, July 12, 2014: 128 East 52nd Street, Brooklyn
On July 12, 2014, a 22-year-old woman bystander was shot in the neck outside 128 East 52nd Street in Brooklyn. The investigation revealed that a member of BMW who was the intended target had been standing near her. The investigation revealed that RASHID DERRISANT and ALEX CRANDON ran up the street firing multiple rounds. DERRISANT is also charged with mistakenly shooting CRANDON in the arm during this incident.
The indictment charges DERRISANT, CRANDON, BRIAN HARVEY, aka “Meeshie” and DESHAIN COCKETT, aka “D-Boy”, aka “Larry Bird,” aka “Mitch”, with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First and Second Degrees and other crimes in connection with the July 12, 2014 shooting
Shots fired outside nightclubs: Miami and New York
On October 11, 2014, the indictment charges that RASHID DERISSANT and other GS9 members brought their dispute to Miami where they spotted a rival Brooklyn gang member near the club Fat Tuesdays on Ocean Drive in South Beach. DERISSANT fired shots through a window of the club. Video captured the mayhem that ensued as the large crowd of people in front of the club ran and ducked for cover. However, no one was shot.