Advertorial

Paterson Bloods Leader Admits Killing Jersey City Teenager in Case of Mistaken Identity

d6932f3f9445f26d9495_mlk_courthouse.jpg
The Federal Courthouse in Newark, NJ.
d6932f3f9445f26d9495_mlk_courthouse.jpg
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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23

Memorial Hall, Paterson

Cost Free Courses

Education

Sat, March 3, 12:00 PM

The Bethwood, Totowa

Have-A-Heart Tricky Tray

Food & Drink Giving Back

With Shafer the Lines of Communication are Always Open

February 15, 2018

Dear Editor:

I find myself in a juxtaposition right now.

On the one hand, I did question the process. On the other hand, I am fully supportive of Ms. Shafer.

I want to go on record as saying that I am completely confident in her leadership. I’ll briefly explain my reason.

When I served on the school board I was able to always reach Ms. Shafer. The lines of communication were ...

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Introduces 2018 Budget

February 15, 2018

(Paterson, New Jersey) – On February 13, 2018, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders introduced the 2018 budget with conservative revenue projections, improved reserve levels, and significant investment in infrastructure improvements. The 2018 budget reflects fiscally sound financial policies, strong budgetary flexibility, proactive increases to manage volatile expense line items, ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating, leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting ...