Three alleged gang members, one a member of ‘Sex Money Murder,’ face federal charges in Bronx killing
A trio of Bronx gangbangers face federal charges in the murder of a young father of three in the Bronx earlier this year, authorities said Wednesday.
Robert Wilson, Kevin Crosby, both members of the Stevenson Commons Crew — a violent gang selling crack, oxycodone and marijuana — teamed up with Yefrel Brito, part of the Bronx’s infamous Sex Money Murder gang in a plot to kill Nelson Ramos in front of the Monroe Houses in Soundview, prosecutors alleged.
The suspects killed Ramos “for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position” in their bloodthirsty gangs, according to federal prosecutors. Joining the Stevenson Commons Crew meant committing " at least two acts of racketeering activity," prosecutors alleged.
Two men shot the 29-year-old Ramos several times in the chest on Soundview Ave. near Lafayette Ave. early Jan. 6, then hopped into an SUV driven by a third person and sped off, cops said.
Ramos was released from prison in 2015 after serving two years upstate for narcotics possession and attempted weapon possession, public records show.
Police arrested Wilson, 28, and Crosby, 23, Tuesday night. Brito, 28, was already in federal custody. Cops were trailing him Aug. 26, and when they caught him jaywalking across on Valentine Ave. on E. 194th St., they found 170 baggies of crack in his sneakers, according to federal court filings.
The Sex Money Murder gang grew from a crew operating in the housing developments in Soundview to an influential drug trafficking operation that drew the attention of celebrities like Puff Daddy before its fall from power in the late 1990s.
Peter “Pistol Pete” Rollack, the gang’s one-time leader, is serving a life sentence without parole at a supermax prison in Colorado.
The gang’s rise and fall was chronicled in a 2018 book,"Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal" by author Jonathan Green.
All three suspects are charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering and several related federal offenses, and could face the death penalty or a minimum of life in prison if convicted.