Chaka LeChar Castro has been sentenced to 37 years in prison after being convicted of attacking at least 22 Indian-American families in five states
A five-year-old mother who led a series of armed invasions in homes targeting at least 22 Indian-American families in five states has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.
Chaka LeChar Castro, 44, from Houston, allegedly led the group consisting of men and women in robbing the homes in Georgia, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and her home state of Texas over a three-year period.
She was convicted by a Detroit court on Monday. Castro aimed at victims of Asian or Indian descent who believed that banks did not trust the banks and rather kept valuables at home, The New York Times reports.
Known as the Castro Enterprise, the gang consisting of at least ten people would knock on their victims' homes before storming the house with bandanas and firearms.
The homeowners would be tied with duct tape with threats of violence before the stolen money, jewelry and electronics were returned to Texas.
Court reports show how Castro & # 39; between 2011 and 2014 & # 39; has recruited new members, investigated potential victims, and referred the robbery teams to the specific home addresses of these targeted victims of Asian or Indian descent & # 39 ;.
It adds: & # 39; During some of the robberies, company members took the extra step of trying to hide their voices. & # 39;
Chaka LeChar Castro, 44, from Houston, allegedly led the group consisting of men and women in robbing the homes in Georgia, Michigan, New York, Ohio and her home state of Texas over a three-year period between 2011 and 2014
All gang members reportedly had their own role, including renting vehicles, planning their routes and moving the goods. It was often claimed that it was women who knocked on the doors.
Rodney Granger, Juan Olaya, Jakeyra Augustus, Johnisha Williams and Octavius Scott were also mentioned in the 2015 indictment.
Olaya was accused of being the leader of the raid teams.
Scott was an active participant in the company's activities, including car rental, according to the indictment.
Granger, Williams and Augustus were all accused of being in the gang.
Castro was convicted for a count of racket-affected and corrupt organizations conspiracy, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon to support racketeering and four counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
Castro was indicted in 2015 but was only tried this year after legal disputes over suppressed evidence, according to reports.
Johnisha Williams, on the right, and Octavius Scott, on the left, were also mentioned in the 2015 indictment
Victim Bharti Patel, from Beachwood, Ohio, said: “I didn't feel safe in my own house, felt that I was being hunted and felt the need to always look over my shoulder, which is still going on.
& # 39; I know spiritually that you have to forget and move on, but that sense of violation of your privacy and security never stops. & # 39;
A number of robberies allegedly carried out by the New Jersey gang in 2014 were not included in the indictment.
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