Eight arrested during gang ‘memorial’
By Brian Stanley email@example.com August 5, 2013 8:10PM
Eight men were arrested after reportedly blocking the doors of this gas station Saturday night. | Photo by Brian Stanley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 7, 2013 6:15AM
JOLIET — Police say a street gang’s memorial efforts to a fallen comrade led to the arrest of eight men Saturday night.
The men were on the street about 8:50 p.m., shouting “Vice Lords” and “Bew Crew” for several minutes before blocking the entrance of Citgo, 379 S. Chicago St., according to police.
Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said officers told the group that it could not block the entrance and would have to leave. The men ignored police, Michael J. Frazier, 31, continued blocking the doors, and Mister Tanzy, 20, pushed an officer and took off running until he was shocked with a stun gun, Roechner said.
Teren Frazier, 18, also fled and was arrested after a brief foot chase, according to police.
“The others continued to interfere with the officers making the arrests and blocking the doors and were arrested,” Roechner said.
Charged with mob action and criminal trespass were Michael J. Frazier, 504 S. Des Plaines St.; Victor Mancinas, 20, 204 S. Joliet St.; Eric Ervins, 19, 205 Wilcox St.; Billy A. Wright, 26, 427 Ohio St.; Antonio Taylor, 28, 606 Henry St., all of Joliet; and Xavier M. Ross, 21, of Kankakee, police said.
They said Teren Frazier, 1948 Marlboro Lane, Crest Hill, was charged with mob action, criminal trespass and obstructing police, while Tanzy, 105 Nicholson St., Joliet, was charged with mob action, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.
Police said the protest was related to the Aug. 3, 2009, death of Mark Bew Jr., 19, who was talking with two women at Fifth and Eastern avenues when a Chevrolet Lumina drove by and the two men inside fired shots, killing Bew.
Reputed gang members Calvin Russell and Jeremy Travis pleaded guilty last spring to Bew’s murder and received sentences of 22 years and 35 years , respectively.
When he was slain, Bew had been out of jail for about a week after threatening witnesses to a 2008 shooting in which he was allegedly involved, according to police.