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An all female gang named “Bad Barbies” was shut down by the New York City Police Department, according to a government press release.
Police in New York said Wednesday, it has eliminated a street gang that called itself feminine names like "Bad Barbies" and "One Seven Hoes."
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday, that at its peak, the Trinitarios gang had at least 100 female members. He said that the gang leader was a 24-year-old woman, who participated in the fatal shooting of retaliation and shooting a robbery victim in front of a Mexican restaurant.
"When the investigation began last year, we were not surprised to learn that the Trinitarians were up to no good in the Bronx. Barbies But bad? Who knew?" Said Kelly. "Maybe it's a sign of the times that gender is no obstacle when it comes to murder, robbery and other crimes."
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the gang would turn the streets into a "shooting gallery" if someone violated its space in drug trafficking and arms smuggling.
As a result of the investigation that led to the dismantling of the gang, Bad Barbies leader Maria Mejia, was charged with murder, in connection with the stabbing of a Crips gang member at a McDonald’s on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.
She also was charged in an incident in June in which she allegedly lured a victim of theft in front of a Mexican restaurant, where he was shot, Kelly said.
"Violence happens between men and women alike," he added. The gang heads were at war with rival gangs, including the Crips and the Dominicans, Kelly said. There has also been violence among Trinitarian members, he said.
The group's investigation has resulted in the arrest of 119 people in the Bronx and Manhattan.