San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2019
CONTACT: Zephanii Smith, Director of Communications
T: 209-468-2400 | E: pr.info@sjcda.org

Update on EBK Gang Investigation

Responding to a recent spike in violence in the March Lane and Holiday Drive area of Stockton, the Stockton Police Department, in partnership with the District Attorney's Office's Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit and Bureau of Investigations, launched an investigation into the EBK criminal street gang.

Since the 1990s, the Stockton Police Department has contacted gang members in the area around and including the 2100 block of Nightingale Avenue in Stockton. Gang members in the Nightingale area have consistently been arrested for and charged with offenses including illegal narcotics possession and sales, illegal firearms possession, shootings, burglary, auto-theft, and robberies.

In 2018, Stockton Police gang detectives learned of Nightingale gang members associating themselves with the acronym "EBK." In gang culture, the term "EBK" has historically been an acronym for "Everybody Killa" and represents a gang policy of open warfare. In addition to EBK, Nightingale gang members also associate with the names Lash Gang, the numbers 12_7, and Hotboiis.

Nightingale/EBK is classified as a hybrid gang as its members consist of a mixture of Crips, Bloods, Nightingale gang members, and gang members who originally come from, and continue to maintain strong affiliations with, other active criminal street gangs. The hand sign used to identify the Nightingale/EBK criminal street gang is displayed by joining the middle finger and thumb together towards the palm while fully extending in a fanning motion the index finger, ring finger, and pinky finger with the palm facing the person giving the hand sign. There are currently approximately twenty (20) active members. The primary activities of the Nightingale/EBK criminal street gang are the commission of criminal acts including illegal narcotic sales, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, burglaries, robberies, assaults, and shootings.

On Thursday June 20, 2019, the following people were arrested as part of this on-going investigation:

Brian Norman, 20, for homicide in violation of Penal Code Section 187, to wit Murder, with Gang Enhancements. Norman was arrested in connection with the May 1, 2019, shooting death of Ronald Celestine in the area of March Lane/Holiday Drive. Norman was arrested in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

Raemaonie Gaines, 20, for violation of Penal Code Section 32, Accessory to Murder, with Gang Enhancements. Gaines was arrested in connection to the May 1, 2019 shooting death of Ronald Celestine in the area of March Lane/Holiday Drive.

Charles Prince, 25, for violation of Penal Code Section 29800(a)(1), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, with gang enhancements.

The following individuals were arrested for miscellaneous warrants:

  • Daquan Easter, 22.
  • Rickey Gaines, 18.
  • Joshua Smith, 28.
  • Mikal Thomas, 26.
  • Rachael Williams, 40.
  • Asiane Yarbrough, 23.

Thank you to the following agencies for their participation with this active investigation: the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, the Tracy Police Department, the Manteca Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Department of Justice.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office is committed to seeking justice for all victims of crime; and for the entire community that suffers when small groups of repeat offenders bring threats of violence and other criminal behavior into our neighborhoods. We will continue to work with our partners to identify and pursue those responsible for driving crime and violence in our community. We are actively working with our partners throughout the county to steer young people away from lives of crime. "We are sending a clear message to the drivers of violence," DA Verber Salazar stated. "We, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to utilize every tool available to arrest and prosecute the drivers of violence in our community."

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