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Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Division (ATF), Frank A. Tarentino, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division (DEA), and Glenn Scott, Commissioner of the Mount Vernon Police Department, announced the unsealing of a federal indictment charging JAMES BAZEMORE aka “TJ” with the April 30, 2018 broad daylight murder of Tasheen Williams in Mount Vernon, New York. The indictment also charges JARED MUJAAHID aka “Jay” with aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon by supplying BAZEMORE with the weapon used by BAZMORE to commit the murder. The indictment also charges BAZEMORE and MUJAAHID with conspiracy to racketeering. BAZEMORE is being held pending trial on charges of other federal charges brought by this office and MUJAAHID is purging a sentence from a previous federal conviction in that district. The defendants will be brought to the federal courthouse in White Plains, New York, to be presented before a United States Magistrate Judge.

US Attorney Damian Williams said: “In April 2018, Tasheen Williams was shot dead in broad daylight just as a local school was leaving, the victim of senseless gang-related violence. As alleged in the indictment, James Bazemore is responsible for this murder, and Jared Mujaahid gave him the murder weapon. Thanks to the work of our remarkable law enforcement partners, Bazemore and Mujahid are now charged in federal court with this terrible crime.

ATF Special Agent in Charge John B. DeVito said, “The ATF’s top priority is to investigate and apprehend those who commit gun violence and those who supply weapons. gun for use in violent crimes. This indictment demonstrates the commitment of the ATF and our great partners the DEA and the Mount Vernon Police Department to relentlessly pursue justice for victims of violent gun crime and to hold responsible officials, no matter how long it takes.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino said, “This cold-blooded murder is yet another example of the drug-related violence plaguing our cities. The DEA’s priority is to make our communities safer through the investigation and arrest of members of criminal organizations responsible for drug overdoses, drug trafficking, and violent crimes. I thank the ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their partnership and diligent work on this investigation.

MVPD Commissioner Glenn Scott said, “This arrest further demonstrates that Mount Vernon continues to benefit from the partnership that the MVPD has formed with its federal law enforcement partners. The New York State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has shown how dedicated it is to helping the MVPD close violent crime investigations. Mount Vernon Police have assigned detectives as task force officers with the ATF for several years and this is just one of many violent crimes that have been solved through the hard work of detectives and officers ATF specials. In cases of this magnitude, the MVPD always strives to bring justice to families affected by the violence and we will use all the resources and partnerships we can muster to achieve this goal.

According to the allegations contained in the indictment[1]:

BAZEMORE and MUJAAHID were members or associates of a racketeering business known as Big Paper. In order to fund the company, protect and expand its interests, and promote its reputation, Big Paper members and associates have committed, conspired, attempted, and threatened acts of violence against rivals, including murder and attacks; conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute narcotics; and obtained, possessed and used firearms, including brandishing and discharging them.

On or about April 30, 2018, BAZEMORE acquired a firearm from MUJAAHID and then BAZEMORE tracked down and shot Tasheen Williams in Mount Vernon, New York.

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BAZEMORE is charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, which carries a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, one count of racketeering murder, which carries a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and one count of mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. ; and one count of murder by use of a firearm, which carries a maximum statutory sentence of life imprisonment and a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

MUJAAHID is charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, which carries a maximum statutory penalty of twenty years in prison, one count of aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon for the benefit of racketeering, which carries a maximum statutory penalty twenty years in prison; and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm in the pursuit of a crime of violence, which carries a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison.

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and thanked the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Mount Vernon Police Department for their assistance in the ‘investigation.

This matter is handled by the White Plains Division of the Bureau. Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Brumwell and Benjamin A. Gianforti are charged with the prosecution.


[1] As the introductory phase indicates, the entire text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment below are allegations only, and each fact described should be treated as a allegation.

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