JOINT UPDATE FROM MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE

JOINT UPDATE FROM MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE

The ongoing investigation by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and State Police Troop A has determined that all 11 males arrested yesterday in Wakefield refer to themselves as a militia and state that they adhere to “Moorish Sovereign Ideology.” The group claimed that it was traveling from Rhode Island to Maine to conduct what it refers to as “training.” None of the men, who were dressed in military fatigues and body armor and were armed with long guns and pistols, has a license to carry firearms. Troopers have recovered eight firearms thus far: three AR-15 rifles; two pistols; a bolt-action rifle; a shotgun; and a short barrel rifle.

The defendants are identified as follows (two of the defendants continue to refuse to identify themselves),

  1. JAMHAL TAVON SANDERS LATIMER, a.k.a. JAMHAL TALIB ABDULLAH BEY, 29, of Providence, R.I.;
  2. ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, 21, of the Bronx, New York;
  3. WILFREDO HERNANDEZ, a.k.a. WILL MUSA, 23, of the Bronx, New York;
  4. ALBAN EL CURRAUGH, 27, of the Bronx, New York;
  5. AARON LAMONT JOHNSON, a.k.a. TARRIF SHARIF BEY, 29, of Detroit, Mich.;
  6. QUINN CUMBERLANDER, 40, of Pawtucket, R.I.;
  7. LAMAR DOW, 34, of the Bronx, New York;
  8. CONRAD PIERRE, 29, of Baldwin, New York;
  9. A male juvenile, age 17;
  10. John Doe #1, refusing to identify self;
  11. John Doe #2, refusing to identify self.

All suspects are charged with the following offenses:

  1. Unlawful possession of a firearm, eight counts;
  2. Unlawful possession of ammunition;
  3. Use of body armor in commission of a crime;
  4. Possession of a high capacity magazine;
  5. Improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and
  6. Conspiracy to commit a crime.

Additionally, HERNANDEZ, JOHNSON, DOW, and the juvenile male are charged with furnishing a false name to police.

Additional charges are possible if the ongoing investigation, including the expected search of the defendants’ two vehicles, determines they are warranted.

The juvenile defendant will be released to parental custody. The remaining adults will be each be held at the Billerica House of Correction on $100,000 cash bail. They will be arraigned next week in Malden District Court.