Romeo Blackman aka O Dog, the CEO of Goonie Boss Gang Charged in Seven Murders

Romeo Blackman aka O Dog, the Chief Executive Officer of Goonie Boss faction of the Gangster Disciples gang was charged in the murder of seven individuals.

 

According to a federal indictment unsealed in Chicago on Friday, Blackman was charged alone with other members of the Goonie Boss were charged with racketeering and murder. The indictment alleges that he was involved in seven killings between 2014 and 2016 and that his victims included a 25-year-old woman shot in a car and a father of five shot while getting a haircut at a barbershop. Overall, at least 18 members of the Goonie Boss terrorized the South Side neighborhood, according to a federal indictment. And about half of them, including the gang’s leader, were allegedly responsible for the murders of 11 people between 2014 and 2016.

 

Four years ago, cops in the Englewood District were concerned that Blackman, 22-year-old, and his brother were targeted for killing rival gangs’ members in shootings on the South Side of Chicago. The brothers were encouraged to get on a Greyhound bus and relocate to Minnesota, where relatives lived, according to police sources. According to the indictment, in the absence of the brothers, violence crime dropped significant around the area of 72nd Place and Laflin Street in Englewood. When they returned to the neighborhood, violence soared, according to the indictment.

 

Although Blackman was a regular on police’s Top 10 list of people suspected of violence in the South Side neighborhood of Englewood, he freely roamed the streets. Despite his fearsome reputation in Englewood, Blackman has never been charged with a violent crime until now. In 2014, he was convicted of illegal gun possession, court records show. He’s also facing another criminal case in federal court. That case alleges that he and two other gang members smashed a stolen Jeep Wrangler into the South Post Guns store in Streator which is about 100 miles west of Chicago in June 2016. They stole 18 handguns, along with a rifle and a shotgun, prosecutors said. Six of the guns were recovered.

 

After the heist, the men allegedly went to a home in Streator where one of Blackman’s co-defendants lived and they posed with the guns in a video that was posted on Facebook. A few days later, according to a court filing by prosecutors, “One of the individuals from Streator, Illinois recruited to commit the burglary was found shot to death in the Englewood section of Chicago.”

 

According to Blackman’s attorney, Christopher Grohman, his client was declared by the government to be “death-penalty eligible” if convicted.

 

Grohman also said,

“All of the crimes alleged occurred when Mr. Blackman was 19 or younger,” Grohman said. “It is a sad day when our government stoops to the level of those they call criminals and seeks to satisfy their baser instincts with an ‘eye for an eye.'”

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