The five suspects are charged with multiple counts of second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime of violence. Police identified them as Dasheem Smith, 22, of Northeast Washington; Darien Wilson, 24, of Northeast; Christopher Brice, 22, of Southeast Washington; Taiwo Johnson, 20, of Southeast; and Dalvez Watkins, 22, of Suitland. Smith is known as G-Five Weezy and Wilson as Astronaut Mac.
Attempts to reach relatives were unsuccessful. Smith, who was arrested Monday, became a suspect after an August traffic stop during which police said they found two phones still sealed in their boxes allegedly taken from a Cricket store. A lawyer listed in court documents did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Representatives for the rap group’s promoter, Swagga Ave Entertainment, also could not be reached. Jet Gang has several compilations and songs on the Internet, many on YouTube, in which they flash cash and rap about guns, violence and alcohol. Members are seen downing 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and flashing weapons as they say: “Where do you work? Put him in the dirt.” They also reference “piles of 9s,” slang for 9mm handguns.
Law enforcement authorities confirmed that the suspects arrested are the men seen in the videos; the rap group is named in court charging documents.
One video is shot in front of a sign for the Hartman-Berkshire neighborhood playground in Suitland and along H Street Northeast, where many of the thefts occurred near a community filling with restaurants and nightlife.
In another video, the rappers go back and forth in a freestyle contest with an artist named Starchill. Someone from Jet Gang raps, “We go hard to the fullest; [expletive] want to rap with a semi on my side; [expletive] went pop, pop, pop and die; hang with eights; I murder any [expletive] who eat off my plate.”