Police in Acadiana Challenge Violent Gang to a Showdown (Video)
Members of a gang are wanted for hundreds of violent crimes, including several murders and armed robberies, witness intimidation, burglaries, extortion, assault, and drug trafficking.
They call themselves the Gremlin Street Gang, and police in Acadiana, Louisiana, made a video with KATC.com news, joined by leaders of the black community, where they call out the gang, and call on people of the community to take a stand against violence.
Ten members of the gang have already been arrested, and police have warrants for the arrests of seven others, who police say they are “definitely armed and dangerous.”
“We have warrants for your arrests,” says Cpt. Clay Higgins, nicknamed “Cajun John Wayne,” in the wanted video. “You will be hunted, you will be tracked, and if you raise your weapon to a man like me, we will return fire with superior fire.”
“Darren Carter,” says Higgins, calling out one of the wanted men by name. “You think men like these are intimidated by an uneducated, 125-pound punk like you, that’s never won a fair fight in your life, and holds your gun sideways?”
“Young man, I’ll meet you on solid ground, anytime, anywhere,” Higgins says, adding “look at you—men like us, son, we do dumbbell presses with weights heavier than you.”
Higgins adds that the convicts in jail, “most of those men are good people who just found themselves crossed with the law. They’re not evil, and they don’t respect you or any punk like you. They’ll toss you around like a rag-doll.”
Higgins then calls on “every citizen, everywhere,” to look into their own heart “and find the American courage that conquers all evil.”
He then calls on them to “take back your streets, take back your country. Come forward with information about these heathens that are terrorizing your community.”
Higgins then sends another message to people “who would use this message to create false racial division in this country.” He says to “take a close look behind me” and the camera shows a large group of police officers standing with members of the community.
“Standing next to every cop is a leader of our black community. This is not about race. This is about right versus wrong,” Higgins says.
“One last message to the Gremlins,” he says. “You don’t like the things I’ve told you tonight? I got one thing to say: I’m easy to find.”
The officers are asking the community to call or email if they have any information on the whereabouts of the wanted gang members: U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Officer Tyler Folse (337) 277-9667, Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigator Anthony Pardo (337) 400-9064 or email [email protected], Trooper Paul Dubois at (337) 277-3503 or email [email protected]