Gang Injunction Filed Against Hoova Crips

On February 10, 2011, a gang injunction was filed against the Hoova Crips criminal street gang and 30 of the gang's members and associates. This action against the Hoova Crips comes after many months of intensive work building the injunction case through the cooperation of the City Attorney's Office, the District Attorney's Office, the Wichita County Sheriff's Office, and the Wichita Falls Police Department, with special efforts by the police department's Gang Task Force Division.

"Following up on three successful gang injunctions, this new lawsuit targets the Hoova Crips gang due to the gang's heavy involvement in the drug trade and associated criminal activities in Wichita County," said Kinley Hegglund, City of Wichita Falls Senior Assistant City Attorney.

To date, Judge Robert Brotherton of the 30th District Court has signed injunctive orders against 23 of the 30 named Hoova Crips defendants, and local law enforcement has begun enforcement of the Hoova Crips injunction. The Hoova Crips Gang is an extremely dangerous and violent Criminal Street Gang. Members of this gang have been involved in shootings such as the murder at The End Zone in January 2009, drug possession and drug sales, assaults, burglaries, and other gang-related activities. This fourth gang injunction is intended to assist law enforcement officials and protect the citizens of Wichita County from the effects of gang activity.

District Attorney Maureen Shelton praised the team approach to fighting gang violence saying, "This injunction shows, yet again, that we are working together to combat gang violence and the death and destruction that it brings to our community. I really appreciate the teamwork of the City Attorney's Office, the WFPD, the WCSO, and the District Attorney's Office to join together to stop gang violence," said Shelton.

This gang injunction prohibits specified gang-related actions that the gang uses to increase its power and intimidate innocent persons. These prohibited actions include traveling in a vehicle at night, occupying a motor vehicle with weapons or illegal drugs therein, threatening other persons, and associating with other Hoova Crips gang members. The prohibitions are primarily applicable to the "Hoova Safety Zone," which is depicted in the attached map. This injunction is intended to disrupt Hoova Crips gang activity in the same manner as the previously issued Varrio Carnales, PLM, and North Side Crips injunctions.

"This injunction is an important tool for law enforcement to use to interdict gang violence," said John Gillespie, First Assistant District Attorney, said. "Arrests for violations of previous gang injunctions have lead to serious drug and weapons convictions. Enforcement of the injunctions against Hoova Crips gang members will help make our city safer," said Gillespie.

By joining forces and working together, the City of Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls Police Department, Wichita County Criminal District Attorney's Office and the Wichita County Sheriff's Office are sending a strong message to the community that they are devoted to combating the City's Criminal Street Gangs. Each agency has done its part to fight the war on crime and gangs in Wichita Falls. For more information please contact Kinley Hegland at 940-761-7625.