These individuals are members of the “Laflexico” gang which primarily operates on the Westside of Cleveland near West 7th Street and Marquart Avenue, West 112th Street and Lorain Avenue, and West 90th Street and Madison Avenue.
On April 24, 2020, gang members participated in a shootout near West 31st Street and Clark Avenue in Cleveland. Dozens of shots were fired striking multiple residences in the area before they fled the scene. Many of the residences struck by gunfire were occupied by children.
On November 12, 2020, gang members were involved in a shooting near West 6th Street and Marquardt Avenue in Cleveland. They fired several shots that struck a nearby residence before fleeing the scene.
Gang members were involved in several other incidents that included illegally possessing firearms, fleeing from the police, and trafficking cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.
CPD’s Gang Unit conducted the investigation, along with CPD’s 2nd District Detective’s Bureau, that connected these eight individuals to the crimes. Several firearms, drugs, and cash have been recovered throughout the course of the investigation.
Each individual has been indicted on multiple charges that include:
• Participating In A Criminal Gang
• Felonious Assault
• Improperly Discharging Into Habitation
• Discharge Of Firearm On Or Near Prohibited Premises
• Improperly Handling Firearms In A Motor Vehicle
• Having Weapons Under Disability
• Carrying A Concealed Weapon
• Drug Possession
• Possessing Criminal Tools
• Tampering With Evidence
• Failure To Comply
• Receiving stolen property
Rodriguez, Gonzalez, and Fontanez are currently in custody. Arrest warrants have been issued for Watkins, Haley III, Pruitt Jr., Laws, and Looby.