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LBPD Says It Has Arrested Alleged Leaders & Multiple Members of Baby Insane Crips Gang; Links Gang to 13 LB Shootings In Three Series & At Least One Murder Since Nov. 2009


(June 13, 2012) -- At an afternoon a news conference today (June 13) webcast LIVE by with VIDEO now available on-demand below, LB Police Chief Jim McDonald said LBPD has arrested the alleged leader of LB's Baby Insane Crips Gang and 15 other alleged members of the gang it says is involved in 13 shootings in three separate shooting series and at least one murder since November 2009.

To view VIDEO of the news conference, click here or on video icon below:

With L.A. market news media present and flanked by LBPD Detectives, Command Staff and a senior prosecutor from the L.A. County District Attorney's office, Chief McDonnell displayed a photo-board with 16 alleged Baby Insane Crips members arranged in organizational style (alleged leaders on top, subordinates below) who are now in custody (charges below).

LBPD displayed chart (organizational format) of suspects/alleged Baby Insane Crips Gang members

Chief McDonnell alleged that suspect Sabrille Acklin, 29, "called the shots" and ran the Baby Insane Crips gang from his home in Rialto. LBPD has webposted photos of the 16 suspects on Facebook at the following link: click here.

"This investigation continues our efforts to reduce violent crime in our community by not only targeting those responsible for the crimes, but the gang leadership and those who assist them in terrorizing our residents," said LBPD in a release.

Chief McDonnell said that with these suspects now in custody, he hopes victims and witnesses will come forward and provide evidence in connection with other crimes that may produce additional charges.

Chief McDonnell said the arrests stemmed from LBPD's investigation of a Nov. 19, 2009 triple shooting in the 3600 block of Santa Fe Ave. in which two people were wounded and Frank Castro, 19, was murdered. LBPD said in a release that the investigation included Detectives from its Homicide, Gang, and Career Criminal Apprehension Details.

Chief McDonnell said that LBPD's crime lab linked the Nov. 2009 shootings by ballistics evidence to shootings in 2010 and 2011.

[LBPD release text] As detectives reviewed each of the reports and re-interviewed witnesses and victims, a profile began to emerge. The profile revealed that all three shooting series’ were being committed by the Baby Insane Crip criminal street gang. Interviews with other gang members helped detectives identify a specific group within the gang who may be responsible for these crimes.

News Releases were sent out asking for the public’s help as new information was obtained on the murder of Frank Castro, and detectives continued to conduct follow-up interviews and were able to acquire information on potential suspects. Detectives investigated these possible suspects, identifying their associates and conducting surveillance. Through the dedicated efforts of homicide detectives assigned to this shooting series’, they were able to locate witnesses who provided the necessary evidence to identify the suspects in the murder.

LBPD said in its release that Homicide detectives "were able to uncover evidence which revealed this gangs involvement in additional shootings, and one additional murder in the Southern California area. Our detectives are working closely with five agencies to provide them with the evidence we discovered during our investigation which involved 32 property and violent crimes. Further evidence was uncovered that this gang was also involved in multiple residential and commercial burglaries throughout the Southland and detectives have been working with those law enforcement agencies as well."

And earlier today (June 13), LBPD concluded the "second wave of arrests related to this investigation."

LBPD says that during the course of its entire investigation, it served 27 search warrants at locations in the cities of Long Beach, Rialto, Perris, and San Bernardino, taking 16 suspects related to this investigation into custody.

The L.A. County D.A.'s office has charged Johnney Smith, 22, of Long Beach (who was already in custody for an unrelated armed robbery) with the murder of Mr. Castro.

LBPD says in its release:

[LBPD release text] During the investigation, detectives were able to construct a current organizational chart of the gang with the objective of tearing down its leadership and solving as many crimes as possible. Sabrile Acklin, who was identified as the leader of the Baby Insane Crip Gang, ran his criminal enterprise in Long Beach from his home in Rialto. Acklin would direct his gang to target other gang members, commit robberies, burglaries, and identity theft.

Other top leaders, which [allegedly] include Kendale Gipson, Winton White, Donovan Holcomb, Johnney Smith, and Durrell Shell, were Acklin’s top Lieutenants in the gang who terrorized our community committing shootings, burglaries and robberies. Additional [alleged] associates of the gang were also arrested for their involvement in aiding the gang. Detectives believe these suspects are responsible for additional shootings, burglaries and robberies."

A list of all the suspects arrested and their charges are identified below:

NameAgeCity of residenceCharge
Sabrille Acklin29San Bernardinoaccessory to murder; commercial burglary
Johnney Smith22Long Beachmurder
Kendale Gipson27Long Beachpossession of loaded firearm; identity theft
Darwin Cordova18Long Beachpossession of loaded firearm; auto burglary
Hacking Wells21Long Beachviolation of gang injunction
Donovon Halcomb23Perriscommercial burglary; conspiracy
Durell Shell26Long Beachcommercial burglary; conspiracy
Wynton White19Long Beachresidential burglary
Deondre Whitfield22Long Beachresidential burglary
Wardell Wood22Long Beachresidential burglary
Jeffrey Obrien23Long Beachresidential burglary
JJ Adams24La Palmaex-felon in possession of firearm
Rachel Williams22Perrisconspiracy; burglary; possession of stolen property
Karessa Williams25Perrisconspiracy; burglary; possession of stolen property
Milton Harris25Long Beachcommercial burglary
Nicholas Campbell19Long Beachrobbery

LBPD continued in its release:

Our department has worked closely with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to ensure these individuals are held to answer and face the maximum penalties allowed for the protection of our neighborhoods and community. This investigation continues our efforts to reduce violent crime in our community by not only targeting those responsible for the crimes, but the gang leadership and those who assist them in terrorizing our residents.

The Long Beach Police Department could not have accomplished the efforts of this operation without the hard work and diligence of the detectives involved in the case, and the cooperative efforts of the media and the community.

Anyone who may have any information regarding other crimes is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web at by visiting

In its release, LBPD provided this information related to the murder and 13 shootings (part of the three separate shooting series):

November 19, 200911:30 p.m.3600 block of Sante Fe Avenue
May 18, 20106:21 p.m.1000 of Myrtle Avenue
June 7, 201010:37 p.m.2200 block of Lime Avenue
July 9, 20104:20 p.m.1000 block of E. 21st Street
July 9, 201011:56 p.m.700 block of E. 15th Street
January 24, 20114:37 p.m.2000 block of E. 10th Street
July 22, 201111:17 p.m.700 block of Cherry Avenue
July 26, 201110:21 p.m.1300 block of E. 14th Street
July 27, 201111:35 p.m.1000 block of Cherry Avenue
July 30, 20119:26 p.m.5600 block of Linden Avenue
September 10, 201110:38 p.m.1700 block of E. 8th Street
September 17, 20119:25 p.m.500 block of Orange Avenue
October 4, 20111:46 p.m.1700 block of E. 7th Street
December 3, 201110:16 p.m.2200 block of Earl Avenue

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