Court Liaison Section

13 People Indicted On Murder And Attempted Murder Charges

By Lonnie Ford – 

As the result of an ongoing investigation by the New York City Police Department, today 13 people, including five 16-year-old boys have been indicted.

Jahlil Califf, 16, and Justin Baez, 18, were charged with second-degree Murder and Manslaughter in the death of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliott.

Alec McFarlane, 16, and Tyquan Howard, 16, were charged with second-degree Murder and Manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Ramon Gil-Medrano. 

Baez is also charged with Attempted Murder for a double non-fatal shooting.

Marcus Odom, 16, Mekhi Williams, 20, Hasib Cutts, 19, Jonathan Westbury, 18, Elyesha Cook, 21, Tyshawn McClure, 20, Damian James, 20, and Dante Thomas, 21 are charged with second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, fourth-degree Conspiracy, third and fourth-degree Grand Larceny, and first, second, third-degree Robbery. 

They were arrested on various dates and have been arraigned on the indictment.

During this investigation, it was determined that the shootings involved members of two rival neighborhood crews, the 800 YGs based in Belmont and Thirdside, who are based in the Norwood/Mosholu area of the Bronx.

The indictments charge these crimes: 

On May 24, 2021, Baez allegedly carjacked a Toyota Camry.

On June 24, 2021, Baez and Westbury allegedly carjacked a 2020 Mercedes Benz and robbed a person at gunpoint.

On July 11, 2021, Califf allegedly fatally shot Jaryan Elliot on East 187th Street.

On July 11, 2021, McFarlane and Howard, riding on scooter, allegedly fatally shot Ramon Gil-Medrano, 16, who was inside a livery cab driving on East 178th Street.

On July 12, 2021, Baez drove a vehicle and he and others allegedly shot two 19-year-old rival gang members on East 184th Street and Washington Avenue.

On July 14, 2021, McClure, Thomas and James were in a stolen vehicle with a loaded firearm.

On July 14, 2021, Cook possessed a loaded 9-mm pistol that was used in the homicide of Jaryan Elliott.

On July 23, 2021, Califf, Odom, Pearce and Westbury allegedly were in a stolen vehicle with two loaded firearms.

On July 23, 2021, Baez and Westbury robbed two people of property.

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