• Arrests made after investigation into 'violent groups that waged a deadly street war'

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    PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Police told Channel 11 Thursday that nine people were arrested after a years-long investigation into a turf-war between gangs involving bounties of up to $20,000 on the heads of rival gang leaders.

    Police said two violent gangs, “Zhoove” from Beltzhoover and “Darccide” from St. Clair Village, “engaged in an all-out turf war”.

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    Following a news conference, police said the investigation stems from shooting, kidnapping and torture incidents in the fall and winter of 2014, including the murder of Omar Hodges in Carrick. Hodges was a father working three jobs to support his family at the time he was shot, and police called him “a victim of this senseless battle."


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    Those arrested include:

    -Gemere Bey, 29, charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person

    - Christopher Bradley-Bey, 25, of Beltzhoover is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

    - Holman Brown, 27, of Beltzhoover is charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, carrying a firearm without a license, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment of another person.

    - Christopher Brown, 26, of Beltzhoover is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, and criminal conspiracy.

    - Sheraun Davis, 35, of McKees Rocks is charged with attempted homicide, criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault.

    - Shakeem Davis, 28, of McKees Rocks is charged with attempted homicide, criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault.

    - Cody Duncan, 27, of Beltzhoover is charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

    - Lance Gardenhire, 43, of Beltzhoover is charged with homicide, aggravated assault and solicitation.

    Police told Channel 11 detectives from the Narcotics unit and the Pittsburgh Violent Crimes unit looked at video evidence, cell phones and social media among other things during the investigation. 

    They added Lance Gardenhire, Chris Brown, Holman Brown and Corey Cheatom were charged in connection with the murder of Omar Hodges.


     

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