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Alleged gang members arrested in Jersey City

The alleged gang members operated in and around the Marion Gardens housing Complex, according to the FBI.

Two alleged members of a Jersey City gang have been charged with the June 30, 2018, shooting of five people, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a Feb. 5 press release.

Jalil Holmes, aka “Broadday,” 20, of East Orange,  and Jidon Rogers, 37, of Jersey City,  made their initial appearances on Feb. 5 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court, according to the release.

They each are charged by complaint with five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and five counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the release.

The 300

According to FBI Special Agent Keith Willis in a criminal complaint filed in court, Rogers and Holmes were members of a criminal organization known as the Marion Gardens street gang, also known as the “300” gang, which is known to operate in the area of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex in Jersey City.

This gang is composed primarily of members of the “Brim” and “Sex, Money, Murder” subsets of the Bloods street gang who live in and around Marion Gardens Housing Complex, according to Willis.

While associated with the Bloods, members of the Marion Gardens street gang “represent, first and foremost, the Marion Gardens Housing Complex,” Willis said in the criminal complaint filed in court. He noted that the Marion Gardens street gang is known for drug distribution in the area as well as for violence against several rival groups within and around Jersey City.

They use the symbol “300” and a hand sign, which displays their pinky, ring, and middle fingers with their thumb and pointer finger closed in a circle, according to the complaint.

Holmes has the tattoo “300” across his neck. His Facebook handle is “broadday_II300,” a combination of his “street name” and his gang, according to the complaint.

He has also posted a photo with two other alleged members of the gang with the text “Touch One Of Them Just Know It Come With a Headshot,” which Willis said indicates that members of the gang “will retaliate and are willing to murder on behalf of other members.”

Rogers is an associate of the gang and has appeared in photographs with other members of the gang, one of which with Rogers and captioned “Gangshit u Already know da Rest,” according to the complaint.

2013 murdered man

An unidentified man known as “Meech” was allegedly a member of the gang. He was murdered on or about June 30, 2013, in the area of Bergen Avenue and Clinton Avenue in Jersey City.

According to news reports after the murder, the man known as Meech, was 28-year-old Irvington resident Jamiel Robinson.

Since 2013, members of the Marion Gardens street gang gather at the complex on June 30 to celebrate “Meech Day” to pay homage to “Meech” and remember other murdered members of the gang, according to the complaint.

The day is promoted on social media with collages of photographs.

One alleged member of the gang posted a collage on Oct. 31, 2019, with the banner “Hood Legends “ and “Marion G57.” The 57 is a reference to building 57 where they allegedly congregate, according to the complaint.

The post includes a photo of “Meech” and an unnamed individual known as “Draco,” who was killed on or about Dec. 26, 2018, on Martin Luther King Drive.

According to a separate complaint filed in May of last year, “Draco” was an alleged member of the gang. His real name was Judane Holmes.

Five people shot

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it was while paying homage to Meech on June 30, 2018, that Jalil Holmes, Jidon Rogers, and two other alleged gang members traveled from the Marion Gardens Housing Complex to the area where Meech had been murdered five years prior, with the intention of allegedly shooting rival gang members.

According to the release, upon arriving in that area, Holmes and the two other alleged gang members exited the black Chevy Malibu that Rogers allegedly drove, allegedly brandished handguns, and allegedly fired multiple shots into a crowd of people.

Five people were struck.

“Victim One” sustained one gunshot wound to his left thigh; “Victim Two” sustained one gunshot wound to his right calf; “Victim Three” sustained one gunshot wound to his right leg; “Victim Four” sustained two gunshot wounds to her upper right shoulder; and “Victim Five” sustained a gunshot wound to his left wrist

After shooting into he crowd, the three men got back into the car and allegedly drove away, according to the complaint.

Facing 20 years

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, each count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Each count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any terms imposed on the other counts.

Holmes also has separate pending charges for a Jan. 9, 2019 alleged shooting of rival gang members which left two people wounded, according to news reports.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez; and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to the charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace Latzer of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark represents the government.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the men are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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