Anti-Gang Activist Terrance Roberts Arrested After Shooting

CBS Denver, September 21, 2013

The man who founded an organization to keep at-risk youth out of gangs has been arrested in connection with a shooting.

Terrance Roberts was arrested Friday night after a shooting in the 3300 block of Holly Street near a new Boys and Girls Club. That club has not yet opened so no children were inside at the time.

When officers arrived at the scene a little after 6 p.m. Friday they found one male victim who appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to an area hospital and was in critical condition on Saturday morning.

Roberts, 37, is being held in the Denver jail for investigation of first-degree assault and attempted murder.

Roberts is the founder of the Prodigal Son Initiative. It’s a local nonprofit that provides at-risk children in Denver neighborhoods with an alternative to a life of crime. Before founding the organization Roberts told CBS4 that he was mixed up with the wrong crowd, was shot in the back and even spent time in jail.

The Prodigal Son Initiative’s offices are located near the old Holly Square Shopping Center that burned down nearly 5 years ago due to a gang fight. Those offices are also near where the shooting happened on Friday night.

CBS4’s Howard Nathan spoke with Roberts in jail. Roberts told Nathan he considered the man he shot, who he identified as 20-year-old Hassan Jones, a friend. He said he took Jones to a Denver Nuggets game last season but Friday night Roberts says Jones and crowd of gang members threatened him to the point where he believed he might lose his life on the basketball courts he built.


Roberts said 20 gang members commandeered the courts while he was setting up a neighborhood peace rally. He said they’ve been wrongly accusing him of working with Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey against them and being a snitch for the police. Feeling threatened, Roberts said he had to defend himself when he was surrounded.

“I’m ashamed, I feel remorseful, I was planning a unity rally, I wasn’t planning a shooting,” Roberts told Nathan.



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  • This story is almost comical.

    The fabled “yoof” club is a problem before it is even a problem.

    • capnmorgan5150

      I think they like to be called “at risk” yoofs.

  • What have I always told you about these gang intervention programs? They do no good because the people who advise young blacks on how not to run with gangs are older blacks who “used to be” gang bangers themselves. I followed that up by saying that if these programs wanted to be successful, they’d bring in speakers and mentors who have never been in gangs, because someone who has never been in a gang will have better advice on how not to get involved in a gang than someone who has been in a gang. It’s that whole pass-fail thing at work.

    However, I think most people who have never been in a gang have far many more and better things to do than to try and psychologically bamboozle ooklets on how not to engage in typical black behavior, like working for a living and accomplishing something in this world.

    Besides, it’s not as if this particular advice is as difficult to impart or learn as is doing a differential equation. You either run with a gang or you don’t. Again, pass-fail.

    • White Mom in WDC

      All blacks in Amurkistan run with the gang titled ‘Gibsmedat’.

  • JohnEngelman

    “I’m ashamed, I feel remorseful, I was planning a unity rally, I wasn’t planning a shooting,” Roberts told Nathan.

    – CBS Denver, September 21, 2013

    Robert’s intrinsic nature overcame his efforts to benefit from the nurture of a white dominated civilization.

  • Spartacus

    “I’m ashamed, I feel remorseful, I was planning a unity rally, I wasn’t planning a shooting,” Roberts told Nathan.”


    You’re a dumb groid, you’re gonna fail no matter what you do.

    • Sick of it

      He was more successful in dealing with the gang problem in the area in one incident than the police likely have been the entire year.

  • bigone4u

    White liberal morons give black do-gooders like this one grants, donations, speaking engagements, press time, and positions of respect, but nurture doesn’t work. Nature wins out every time. This guy will join his old gang members for a reunion at Negroid State University.

  • joesolargenius

    Mr. Roberts life was probably threatened as he was jeopardizing the lifestyle of those gang bangers whom had achieved a certain respectability status, plus there is also the element of corruption among Law enforcement whom profit from the criminal element in their territory. Somebody sent those twenty yoofs to frighten Mr Roberts which they unfortunately succeeded in doing, then again maybe Mr Roberts was trying to start his own gang in a roundabout way and was stepping on the wrong toes.

    • Sick of it

      Any story becomes positive with the death of a gangbanger and no bystanders hurt.

  • Guest

    I work with inner-city at-risk youth as well
    It is truly a labor of love.

    Has anyone seen my billfold?
    I seem to have misplaced it.

  • Guest

    I work with inner-city at-risk youth as well.
    It really is a labor of love.

    Has anyone seen my billfold?
    I seem to have misplaced it.

  • RisingReich

    Ah – the ‘Diversified Denver’ – I avoid it like the black plague. Especially lower downtown after dusk. If you’re White and down there after dark you are really asking for it.

  • White Mom in WDC

    All of Black America is a gang titled ‘Gibsmedat’

  • If he was planning a “Unity Rally”, why was this dimwit packing heat?

    • capnmorgan5150

      Would you go into a place packed with feral blacks without a gun?

      • I wouldn’t visit such a place WITH a gun. Even the so-called “peaceful” ones shoot folks.

        As an aside, the grey uniform in Denver County Jail means “administrative segregation”, which means Roberts is in snitch lockup. Felony detainees there are dressed in green and misdemeanors in blue.

  • Erasmus

    You can take them out of the jungle, but you can never take the jungle out of them.

  • EVEN IF this lone black guy was making an honest effort to improve life in a black community, he’s swimming against the tide of the %99.99 (feral) blacks that are inherently undomesticated.