3 Arrested in DPS street gang operationPosted: Updated:
NEW RIVER, Ariz. -- The Department of Public Safety served three warrants Thursday morning, searching for a criminal street gang suspected of insurance fraud and possibly homicide.
Lakeisha Deniece Youmans, 33, the alleged president of the gang, as well as Gerolamo Dicarlo, 30, and Michael Darrah, 42, were arrested.
DPS spokesman Officer Carrick Cook said the gang in question, the Ruff Ryders, has national ties.
"Basically the gang leader ordered the other gang members to strip [her] car down and burn it for an insurance claim," Cook said.
Cook said Youmans, who is also an active duty military recruiter, received the payout.
But another gang member, Robert Fairchild, 26, felt guilty about his involvement in the scam that occurred in late 2011.
"...felt some kind of remorse or felt upset about it enough to go to his father and say, 'Hey this is what happened,'" Cook said.
In March, Fairchild was on a motorcycle ride near Kingman - on the way to Las Vegas - with fellow Ruff Ryder members, when he was involved in a mysterious fatal crash.
"The suspect, Dicarlo, ran him over with his motorcycle, the circumstances are very odd," Cook said.
The suspects have not been formally charged with the murder, but officials say charges could be coming soon.
"We know for fact that he was going to go to jail today, regardless of what we find," Cook said.
Youmans, the chapter president who goes by the name "Baby Girl," will be booked on a felony.
Dicarlo, who goes by "Gino" and "Stogy," is the sergeant at arms. He faces charges of fraudulent schemes, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies
Darrah, known as "Big Mike," was booked for possession of stolen property.
While it might not seem like it, Cook said gang activity is prevalent.
"You might not hear about 'em, but they're definitely out there," he said. "They're definitely having a major impact in our communities."
The Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, known as GITEM, has been working "to maximize law enforcement's effects on gangs" since 1992.
"GITEM is compiled of agencies throughout this entire state targeting these gangs that are creating a frenzy in our communities."
NOTE: In an earlier airing of the story, suspect Gerolamo Dicarlo's picture was ran incorrectly. It has since been corrected.