Gang Initiation Leads to Six Convictions, including that of its Malevolent Leader

Modified: April 24, 2015 2:48pm

3/23/2015

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III announced the convictions of six men in connection five armed robberies, over a span of 24 hours, in the City of Buffalo. In each robbery, the victims were surrounded by a gang of thugs who demanded money at gunpoint. None of the victims resisted and fortunately no one was shot or killed. All of the defendants participated in the robberies as part of a gang initiation ritual at the direction of Antoine Sanders, the self-proscribed leader of the “Rollin 60’s Crypts”. 

The following defendants received so-called “plea bargains” in exchange for their cooperation. 15 year-old Dwayne Scott, aka “Puda” of Oakmont Street in the City of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to three counts of Robbery in the Second Degree as a Juvenile Offender. 16 year-old Terryn Jones of Donovan Drive in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty to three counts of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree. 18 year-old Michael McCrayer of Sattler Street in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty to three counts of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree.

16 year-old Cabrall Marshall, aka “CDai” of Winwood Court in the Town of Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty to five counts of Robbery in the First Degree as a Juvenile Offender.  Marshall did not receive a so-called “plea bargain” and was instead prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Marshall faces up to 50 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Burns on April 28, 2015.

17 year-old Jawon Williams, aka “Waka” of Sattler Street in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty to five counts of Robbery in the First Degree.  Williams did not receive a “plea bargain” and was instead prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Williams faces up to 50 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Burns on April 28, 2015.

Most notably, 22 year-old Antoine Sanders, aka “Deuce” of Glenwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo pleaded guilty to five counts of Robbery in the First Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. Sanders was in possession of the gun used in the robberies when he was arrested on August 7, 2014 outside of his grandparents Rugby Rd. home in North Buffalo.  Sanders fought with two police officers when arrested and had to be forcibly subdued.  Sanders did not receive a “plea bargain” and was instead prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Sanders faces up to 50 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Justice Burns on April 28, 2015.

Scott, Jones, McCrayer, Marshall and Williams were recruited by Antoine Sanders to join the Rolling 60’s Crypts.  Having selected unsuspecting victims at random, Sanders directed his novitiates to rob them, using a loaded pistol that he had provided. Three vehicles as well as jewelry, money, and personal property were stolen from the victims.

This marks the fourth case prosecuted against the Rollin 60’s Crypts by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office for crimes in Erie County. The three previous cases are as follows:

         

  • It is suspected that Sanders directed 16 year-old Ezeiekile Nafi and 17 year-old Demetrius Huff  to fatally stab and set 16 year-old Darren Brown afire on railroad tracks in North Buffalo as part of a gang initiation ritual. Nafi was convicted of Manslaughter in the First Degree after trial. Huff was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree after trial. Neither one agreed to testify against Sanders for fear of reprisal from Sanders or other members of the gang. 

 

  • On August 5, 2012, approximately one month later, two members of the Rollin 60’s Crypts shot at a third member of the gang because he had spoken to police about the murder of Darren Brown. 17 year-old Kentie Crump and 22 year-old Eric Smith were both convicted of Assault in the First Degree for shooting at David Elliott in retaliation for his cooperation.

 

  • On January 18, 2013, Elliott was shot again because of his cooperation with the police.  This time, 19 year-old Kenneth Crump (the brother of Kentie Crump) and 19 year-old Woodrow Abrams (the brother of Eric Smith) shot Elliott in the back with a shotgun.  Both men were convicted of Assault in the First Degree.

The most recent case (the gang initiation/serial robberies) was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney and Felony Trial Bureau Chief Michael P. Felicetta, as well as Assistant District Attorney Alicia M. Lilley.

DA Sedita added: “The foregoing cases once again demonstrate two unpleasant realities, dismissed by some but well-known to police officers and prosecutors. First, some of the most dangerous criminals, committing the most heinous crimes, are under the age of 18. Secondly, these thugs will not hesitate to engage in witness intimidation should they find out, before trial, who will testify against them.”