WAYNESBORO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)- A 39-page indictment unsealed Friday laid out a trail of terror leading up to the death of Waynesboro Reserve Police Capt. Kevin Quick.
Three out of the four indicted by the federal government for Quick’s murder are siblings.
The indictment alleges they are members of the “99 Goon Syndikate,” a Central Virginia street gang linked to the Bloods. Prosecutors say they are now connected to more than a dozen violent crimes over a four-month period.
Thumbing through the indictment, you’ll find a list of violent crimes committed from early October 2013 to early February 2014, most of them in the western part of Central Virginia.
“As soon as my customer left, he ran from behind the U-Haul,” said Mintu D’costa who remembers the January night he was robbed at the Exxon store in Kent vividly. “He came and pointed a gun at me, then came around and started dumping money in the bag,” said D’costa. “It was very scary.”
Prosecutors named Daniel Mathis, also known as “Mooch” as the suspect who pulled off the heist.
Jagdeep Singh said he was fortunate to survive his horrifying ordeal in Bumpass, at MacQueen’s grocery in mid-December. “The guy came in had a gun like this,” said Singh. “As I was swiping a credit card he put it on me.”
Mathis and an unnamed co-conspirator were singled out for that robbery.
“It’s important to recognize the tragic circumstances of officer Kevin Quick’s death could’ve been anyone in this room,” said Charlottesville’s Chief of Police Tim Longo.
Mathis, Shantai Shelton, her sister Mersadies Shelton and Travis Bell are all charged with the reserve officer’s murder. Prosecutors say their nine-member street gang began in November of 2009.
Longo says Quick’s tragic death sheds light on the very serious and very real problem of street gangs. “This is a cancer cell that’s growing every day,” said Longo. “For us to provide a prescription to deal with it, we will have to use so many resources.”
It’s up to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder whether the four named today will face the death penalty.