Members of a Richmond street gang known as the “Swerve Team” have been charged with the attempted murder of Orinda school board member Carol Brown – accosted with her husband by gang members in a random robbery outside their Orinda home last September.
Brown and her husband were unloading groceries outside their residence when they were confronted by two masked men shortly after 9 p.m. the night of Sept. 26 – the robbers brandishing a gun and pistol-whipping Brown’s husband, shooting Brown when she resisted demands for her purse.
Six men have been charged in connection with the crime, one of a series of violent home-invasion robberies, burglaries and a car jacking carried out in Danville, Fremont and Livermore from March 24 to Sept. 29 of last year.
The six, identified as Tarell Brown, Ronald James Fluker III, Bobby Ray Williams, Tommie Ray Woods, Torion Demonte Young, and Marrico Teyon Williams — have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The men face life in prison due to gang enhancements filed in connection with the crimes.
According to information developed and aired by ABC7 News, one of the six men charged in connection with Brown’s shooting was also a member of a controversial city-funded program aimed at preventing area youths from participating in criminal activity.
The Office of Neighborhood Safety was paying one of the men charged, Marrico Williams, a $1,000-a-month allowance for meeting certain life-map goals. City officials said taxpayer money goes to the program’s overhead and staffing costs, while the allowance is funded by private donations.