PATERSON, NJ – Torien Brooks, a leader of the Bloods street gang in Paterson, admitted in federal court on Tuesday that he murdered a Jersey City teenager in 2004 in a case of mistaken identity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Brooks, 31, also admitted kidnapping a rival gang member in 2005 and conspiring to smuggle drugs into Northern State Prison when he was incarcerated there.
Brooks was one of 15 alleged members of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang named in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment in January.
Brooks, also known as “B.G.,” “T-Bird,” and “Reek Boy,” pleaded guilty to one count under the RICO indictment. He faces life imprisonment, according to a story on northjersey.com.
The indictment says Brooks was involved in four attempted murders between July 2004 and April 2005 in addition to the killing in Jersey City on July 19, 2004. In that case, Brooks and other Bloods were looking for revenge after a fellow gang member had been shot at earlier in the day, according to authorities.
But they mistakenly targeted a 17-year-old member of the St. Mary’s (JC) High School basketball team, shooting him multiple times in the chest, according to a Jersey Journal story. A three-year-old and a man standing nearby also were wounded by stray gunshots in the attack, the story said.
In the kidnapping in April 2005, Brooks and other gang members pistol-whipped their captive and were going to kill him at the Great Falls, but he escaped as they were getting out of the car, the northjersey.com story said.
Two other Patersonians – Hakeem State and Michael McCloud - already have pleaded guilty in the federal case against the Bloods.