Tonawanda News — The roundup of Bailey Boy gang members on Wednesday morning included a stop in Tonawanda, where the FBI stormed an apartment building located at 72 Burnett Place and arrested Tyrone Brown, 20.
“They had a search warrant for his body as a condition of state probation, and also searched the apartment he was staying at,” Maureen Dempsey, spokesperson for the FBI, said.
It isn’t clear whether Brown lived at the apartment.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce and Assistant Erie County District Attorney Paul Parisi, Brown committed a number of violent acts as a member of the Bailey Boys gang, which operated in the City of Buffalo in the area bounded by Windspear Avenue, the Kensington Expressway, Eggert Road and Main Street.
The gang essentially controlled criminal activity in the area — committing murders, attempting murders, doing drive-by shootings, distributing narcotics and committing robberies.
Five other members: Kenneth Pettway Jr., 28, Tyriq Brown, 20, Quinton Thompson, 23, Eddie Allen, 22, and Montell Jones, 23, were also arrested in addition to a gang associate, Demetrius Black, 36. Those arrested were described as the leaders of the gang, which as existed for at least eight years.
The indictment alleges that Brown murdered Harold McCain on Jan. 19, 2011 and Kevin Wilkins on June 14, 2011. Later in the year, he attempted two murders, one of which included a robbery. Brown, Pettway and Black were also charged with conspiring to distribute 280 grams of crack cocaine between 2010 and 2011.
Brown, along with Pettway, Tyriq Brown, Black, and Jones made an initial appearance Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and were remanded pending detention hearings. Thompson and Allen are currently in jail serving state sentences and will appear in court before McCarthy on Aug. 9 at 11 p.m.
“For too many years, members of the Bailey Boys and their associates have been filling the streets of the city of Buffalo with illegal narcotics, violence, and fear,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul said. “Our office, along with all of our law enforcement partners, are committed to prosecuting not just members of the Bailey Boys, but, in fact, all violent and narcotics trafficking gangs.”
Town of Tonawanda Police and Buffalo Police assisted Wednesday morning with the arrest, according to Lt. Nick Bado.
“We helped keep things under control,” Bado said. “Our canine department went, and the dog did alert to some areas of the house to evidence that they seized.”
Brown faces up to 105 years in prison.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.