Bruce Golding, New York Post, December 13, 2012
There’s a new gang in town — a sinister group of hellions wreaking havoc across The Bronx. And the wildest part is they’re women who call themselves the “Bad Barbies.”
Authorities say the dangerous dames were discovered during a major crackdown of Hispanic gangbangers by the feds and the NYPD. They’re an offshoot of the murderous Trinitarios.
“When this case started last year, we were not surprised that the Trinitarios were up to no good in The Bronx — but the Bad Barbies? Who knew?” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “Apparently, it is a sign that gender is no bar when it comes to crimes of robbery and murder and other serious offenses.”
The alleged leader of the Bad Barbies, short and busty Maria Mejia of The Bronx, was charged yesterday with crimes including murder, racketeering and assault.
Mejia, 24, is accused of “luring a robbery victim to the front of a Mexican bar where he was shot,” but not fatally, in June of last year, Kelly said.
Her murder charge — which carries the death penalty — involves the 2005 death of Miguel Perez, 20, who a police source said was killed as revenge for the earlier slaying of a Trinitarios member, Gil Lanier, by the Dominicans Don’t Play gang.
But her court-appointed lawyer, Ed Wilford, described her as a “homemaker” who cares for her ailing mom and said it was “inappropriate for law enforcement to castigate people charged with capital crimes by using loose language.”
Kelly said there are up to 100 female gang members aligned with the Trinitarios “at any given time,” and that “men and women alike” routinely engage in violence against rival gangs.
Yesterday’s Manhattan federal court indictment added Mejia and 25 others to a case originally filed last December against 14 alleged Trinitarios.