Two Westmob Gang Members Facing Life in Prison

May 30, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rashad Brown, age 25, of San Francisco and Anthony Taylor, age 23, of San Francisco, were convicted yesterday afternoon, of multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder and various gang and gun enhancement allegations.
“These defendants have terrorized a community and kept people in fear. They have forfeited the right to live in our community.” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We will spare no resource in prosecuting violent gang members.”

According to court testimony, Rashad Brown and Anthony Taylor are members of the Westmob criminal street gang. They attempted to murder the victim in two separate shootings because they believed he was a “snitch.” On April 28, 2009, Defendant Brown shot at the victim multiple times, as he stood in front of his home in the Bayview District on WestPoint Rd. The bullets missed the victim, however they were sent flying through the home, grazing a baby stroller and nearly hitting the victim’s five year old brother. On May 16, 2009, the victim was outside of his home cutting the hair of his twelve year old brother. This time around, Defendant Taylor shot and hit the victim at least 9 times. Thanks to the quick response of Officer Alexander Kwan of the San Francisco Police Department, the victim was able to receive immediate medical attention and survived.

The trial lasted for over two months. The jury began deliberating yesterday shortly before noon. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours and found the defendants guilty on all counts, including 2 counts of attempted murder and 2 counts of assault with a semi-automatic handgun, including various gun and gang enhancement allegations. The defendants were found to have committed these crimes for the benefit of the Westmob criminal street gang. The defendants are each facing multiple life terms. Their sentencing is scheduled on July 22, 2013 in Department 26. The Honorable Loretta Giorgi presided over the trial.

This conviction is thanks to the superb investigation of San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Danny Manning and Inspector Len Broberg. Sgt. Derrick Jackson, Officer David Dockery and District Attorney Investigator Hank McKenzie also assisted in the investigation. Phillip Pritting was the victim advocate. Assistant District Attorney Sarah Hawkins prosecuted the case.