Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors have charged 43 teenage members of a notorious street and prison gang with racketeering for a series of crimes allegedly committed inside a Cleveland juvenile detention center.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutors say the youth are members of the Heartless Felons, a gang that formed in 2000 and has its roots in Cleveland and prisons run by the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
Prosecutors said Thursday they filed 437 juvenile criminal complaints related to activity at the county's juvenile detention center.
All 43 youth are charged with racketeering, a first-degree felony, and all are in custody. Other charges include robbery, extortion, assault, kidnapping, aggravated rioting, aggravated menacing, assault on a detention officer and attempted extortion.
Prosecutors say the charges were filed after a six-month investigation.