CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – The people who carjacked, kidnapped and killed Waynesboro reserve police captain Kevin Quick were members of the Bloods street gang who robbed stores and sold drugs in the weeks and months leading up to the murder, according to a 39-page indictment unsealed Friday.
A total of nine individuals were indicted in the abduction and slaying of reservist Capt. Quick.
The suspects killed Quick “for the purpose of gaining entrance to and maintaining and increasing position in the enterprise, an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity,” the indictments indicated.
Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton and Travis Bell are charged with Quick’s murder.
“On or about January 31, 2014, Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton and Travis Bell carjacked a vehicle belonging to Kevin Quick and kidnapped him,” the indictment read. “[The suspects] drove around to various banks in Virginia, in Quick’s vehicle, and made, or attempted to make, withdrawls from Kevin Quick’s bank accounts. During some of these attempts, Quick was still in the vehicle being held against his will.”
The indictment went on to say the suspects murdered Quick and left his body in Goochland County woods.
“We are doing our best to piece together what occurred with respect to Officer Quick’s murder and other acts,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said.
Other suspected gangs members are accused of obstructing justice by “altering, destroying and concealing documents and property belonging to Quick in order to prevent their discovery.” They are also accused of destroying or concealing a .40 caliber firearm so police would not be able to find it.
The suspects were members of the “99 Goon Syndikat,” a central Virginia street gang started in November 2009 linked to the notorious Bloods from Los Angeles.
Federal officials said the gang members, with nicknames such as “K-Gunns,” “Big Homie,” “Black Wolf” and Lady Guns,” had been terrorizing the Charlottesville-area committing murder, armed robberies and trafficking drugs since the Goonz was formed in 2009.
Law enforcement says this case reinforces that gangs are not just a big city concern.
The trial date is set for July 23, but Heaphy said the trial date may be pushed back due to the case’s complexities.