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January 17, 2019

Gangster “Red Lane Banga” busted as gunslinging member of Bloods crew, charged in four shootings from bloody street war

January 9, 2019
Dylan Cruz, known on the street as “Red Lane Banga,” was accused in a July 2012 murder of a Long Island man suspected to betraying the gang — an attack that killed the target (Obtained by the New York Daily News)

An already-imprisoned gangbanger faces new federal charges of murder and murder conspiracy linked to a long-running war between his Bloods and two rival crews, a newly-unsealed indictment charged Wednesday.

Defendant Dylan Cruz, known on the street as “Red Lane Banga,” ran with the Red Lane Gorillas set of the Bloods and was linked in court papers to five gang-related shootings — including one where an innocent man was mercilessly executed.

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Cruz was accused in the July 15, 2012, murder of the Long Island man suspected of betraying the gang by setting up a fellow Blood for execution. Authorities said Cruz and his fellow gang plotters were wrong in their suspicions of murder victim Anthony Richard.

Richard died in a 15-bullet fusillade that wounded a second man as they sat in a parked car in Baldwin Harbor, L.I.

“The charges reflect the extreme danger Cruz posed to communities on Long Island and in Brooklyn … in furtherance of the Bloods’ criminal enterprise,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.

Prosecutors, in court papers, argued for his continued detention without bail.

The 27-year-old Cruz was also charged with a 2010 attack where a rival gang member was shot in the back and paralyzed in Roosevelt, L.I., followed three years later by the attempted murder of another adversary in a shooting that left an innocent bystander with a bullet in his foot.

The other two incidents occurred in 2016, prior to Cruz’s arrest for an armed home invasion robbery.

Authorities alleged that Cruz shot a woman member of the 5-9 Brims set of the Bloods, and subsequently wounded another member of the crew by opening fire into a busy restaurant in a separate attack. A bystander was again wounded in the second shooting.

The racketeering indictment also accused Cruz of the June 2016 armed robbery of a North Merrick, L.I., used-car dealership where an employee was pistol-whipped.

Cruz pleaded guilty in May 2017 to the home invasion heist of $15,000 cash and $10,000 in jewelry and money orders, and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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