A leader of the violent Folk Nation gang was captured Wednesday morning hiding in his girlfriend's Brooklyn apartment, authorities said. The gang leader, Devon Rodney, is being charged in a racketeering indictment for ordering gang members to kill rivals and conspiring to rob jewelry stores in Manhattan, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Allegedly, a 10-year-old girl was shot in the neck by a Folk Nation gang member carrying out Rodney's order to kill a rival at a block party in 2008.
According to federal prosecutors, the Folk Nation gang has operated from the Ebbets Field Houses in Flatbush for years and is responsible for numerous shootings. Assistant U.S. Attorneys said that Rodney "recently made concerted efforts to determine if any fellow gang members were cooperating with the FBI and the NYPD.”. They went on to say that if found out, any gang member cooperating risks their lives because "In the view of the gang, 'snitching' is a capital offense,” Seven members of the Folk Nation gang are being charged.
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