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The Bobster
12-05-2015, 07:34 AM

HS football star playing for championship despite attempted murder charge
By Amanda Woods
December 5, 2015 | 2:08am

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Rahmel Ashby
Photo: AP

A Brooklyn high school football star set to play in a city championship at Yankee Stadium on Sunday has a rap sheet that includes an attempted murder charge, authorities said Friday.

Rahmel Ashby, 17, a running back and a senior at Grand Street Campus High School in East Williamsburg, was arrested in Brooklyn in May 2014 for allegedly firing several rounds into a crowd, striking and wounding three people.

This year, he was busted on Halloween for criminal possession of a firearm, also in Brooklyn, police said.

In both cases, he was released on bail as he awaits his trials, the AP reported.

Following Ashby’s October arrest, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson sought to remand him to jail, but was unsuccessful, NY1 reported.

City Department of Education rules determine eligibility based only grades and attendance, the AP said. :mad:

Ashby is featured on ESPN’s college recruiting website.

The Bobster
05-11-2016, 07:50 AM

This insane girl brawl ended with a football star on trial for a shooting
By Emily Saul
May 11, 2016 | 10:38am


The trial of a high school football star who was allowed to play in Dec.’s championship game at Yankee Stadium –despite accusations he fired shots at a group of brawling teenage girls–began Tuesday, with jurors hearing testimony from a teen who recorded a shaky cell phone video of the brief slap-fest, and even cheered on one of her friends before the shots rang out.

“You’re going to hear cursing, you’re going to see some beating,” prosecutor Bernarda Villalona warned jurors as she addressed them during opening statements in the trial of running back Rahmel Ashby. “But the defendant chose to bring a deadly weapon to a fistfight. A fistfight involving sheboons.”

Senior Rahmel Ashby is on trial for attempted murder, assault and other charges for firing eight shots into a raging so****ght in Fort Greene in 2014. Among the instigators of the melee was his sister, who was overpowered in the clash.

Rahmel Asbhy in New York State Supreme Court May 10th.
Photo: Stefan Jeremiah

Ashby was able to play in the championship–and beat Erasmus Hall 28-26–because the Public School Athletic League has requirements about GPA and attendance — but doesn’t have eligibility guidelines concerning criminal allegations. :mad:

In the video, which shows Ashby’s sister Nyesha Bates scuffling with Imani Lewis, the duo slap and punch each other, and even pull hair as girls in the background cheer them on.

Bates even appears to bite Lewis, after which more teens jump in and begin to pummel one another, bringing a hoodie-clad figure out of the background and into the middle of the flight.

“I got in between them, and he started to choke me,” 21 year-old Alexis General, who recorded the video, testified Tuesday–referencing the male figure seen in the footage who prosecutors claim is Ashby. “I’m like what are you doing, and then he started shooting,” General said.

“I tried to hide behind this plant,” she said, almost giggling at the memory. “And then I started running.”

General said Lewis was racing after her, begging her to slow down, as a third girl she didn’t know lagged behind–and then suddenly fell to the pavement.

“She started screaming, she was on the ground, holding her stomach, and saying she’d been shot,” General remembered.

Throughout her testimony, jurors re-watched portions of the video, as Villalona and defense attorney Ken Montogomery asked her questions.

“Yo, it’s f**king cold out here and I got to go to work tomorrow,” General can be heard yelling playfully in the footage.

As Lewis and Bates clash, the other’s yell “get that b–ch,” “f-ck that b–ch up,” and other words of encouragement. At some point, another girl removes her wig and says “anybody else wanna fight?”

One middle-aged juror in a button-up was so offended by the language used in the video and in read-alouds of catty Facebook exchanges between General and Lewis that he visibly recoiled repeatedly, furrowing his brow in horror as he as he tried to make eye contact with jurors on either side of him, who ignored him.

This same juror feverishly took notes throughout the proceeding, in a steno book provided by the court.

The catfight stemmed from Bates spreading rumors that Lewis was prostituting herself out via backpage.com, General begrudgingly admitted.

During cross, defense attorney Ken Montgomery asked General if she noticed that someone appeared to be inside the car the tussling girls kept banging against.

“Nobody’s watching a car during a fight,” she smirked. “You’re watching the fight.”

Montgomery had earlier slammed the girls who he said prosecutors would call as witnesses in the case.

“These are not young woman who are going to school, getting ready for college, or studying for their PSATs,” he told jurors. “These women who are the government’s witnesses, they’re the ones who taunted the girls, who filmed the fight.”

Montgomery also mocked two of the other witnesses, one of whom was shot in the melee, as “grown men, who are running around with teenaged girls, driving them to fights.”

Two teens and one of their boyfriends were hit in the spray of bullets.

One girl was shot in the chest fracturing her rib, and puncturing her lung. Another was hit in the back of the calf, and the foot, as she ran.

A third person, one of the unidentified “grown men” was hit in the knee.

Ashby, a senior at Grand Street Campus HS in East Williamsburg, is featured on the ESPN’s college recruiting site.

The trial will continue Wednesday.

The Bobster
05-12-2016, 05:08 PM

‘Grown man’ admits taking teenage ex to girlfight
By Emily Saul
May 12, 2016 | 10:05am

Rogelio King enters the New York State Supreme Courthouse May 11th. Photo: Stefan Jeremiah

The “grown man” who drove his purported teen hooker :rolleyes: to a brawl–where he claims he was later shot by high school football star Rahmel Ashby–took the stand in the running backs’s trial Wednesday, publicly admitting he’d solicited sex via backpage.com under blistering questioning by the accused shooter’s lawyer.

“So, at the time of the incident, you’re 27 and you’re dating a teenager?” Ashby’s defense attorney Ken Montgomery asked witness Rogelio King. “Instead of sitting at home with your child, you’re driving around teenaged girls so they can participate in violent beat-downs?” :p

“Yes,” King–who was shot in the knee after driving his now-ex-girlfriend, Imani Lewis to the staged Fort Green girlfight–responded bluntly.

“And you’re familiar with prostitution, because you’ve solicited on Backpage before,” Montgomery smirked.

After a long pause, King admitted he had.

“So this is the first time the District Attorney is hearing that you purchased sex online?” Montgomery asked gleefully, his eyes glinting as King responded “yes” and he turned to look at a visibly furious Villaloba.

“But you weren’t aware that your teenaged girlfriend was soliciting sex on the internet, on the same site?” the lawyer continued.

“No,” King said, adding the pair had met over Facebook and he was just giving her rides, clarifying “It wasn’t my intention to get with her.” :rolleyes:

A crestfallen King looked through print-offs from backpage.com handed to him by Montgomery, and identified his now 20yo ex as the woman in the racy snaps.

The 29-year-old cook told jurors he drove Lewis and some other teens to the site of the brawl on April 2014.

Prosecutors say Ashby–a senior at Grand Street Campus High School in East Williamsburg– was there because his sister Nyesha Bates was supposed to fight Lewis after arranging the beat-down on Facebook.

Rahmel Asbhy in New York State Supreme Court on May 10. Photo: Stefan Jeremiah

King testified he jumped in and punched Ashby in the faced after seeing the footballer punch his girlfriend, and then the shooting started.

Prosecutors say the running back–who was allowed to play in Dec’s championship game at Yankee Stadium, and is featured on ESPN’s college recruiting site– then fired 8 shots and hit three people, causing the crowd to scatter.

King testified he kicked two scared and crying girls out of his backseat before driving to the hospital, where he told nurses he’d been shot in the knee in a road rage incident and admitted he smoked marijuana “daily,” according to medical records read aloud by Montgomery.

After King left the hospital–without being discharged–he did some Facebook sleuthing with Lewis and fingered Ashby as the shooter, bringing the screen shots to the precinct.

“So you speak to Imani, and lo and behold, you recognize the defendant?” the attorney sneered.

“Yes,” King responded.

The Bobster
05-13-2016, 07:54 AM

Girls in crazy brawl were part of ‘sex and stripper ring’
By Emily Saul
May 12, 2016 | 9:00pm


A group of teen girls who orchestrated a beat-down that ended when a high-school football star allegedly fired shots into the girlfight were all part of a “sex and stripper ring,” one of the brawlers admitted in Brooklyn court Thursday.

Samarrah Briggs — who was one of the teens caught on film fighting before running back Rahmel Ashby allegedly pulled a gun and shot three people — testified that she took part in a ring run by one of the fight’s instigators, Imani Lewis.

Briggs initially denied that she was selling sex until confronted with a series of group texts by Ashby’s lawyer, Ken Montgomery.

“You were setting up a sex ring, and Imani wanted to be the president, right?” Montgomery asked the now-20-year-old.

“Yes,” she conceded.

“So she was telling you what to do, you guys talked about getting your butt done, getting boob jobs, talked about prices, what you would charge for certain things, that sort of thing, right?” the lawyer asked.

The 20-year-old — who just completed her associates degree in criminal justice– looked down and played nervously with a tissue as she unsuccessfully attempted to dodge the scathing questions thrown at her by Montgomery.

“Yes,” she finally replied.

Briggs was one of four girls who showed up with Lewis to the Fort Green beat-down against Grand Street Campus HS running back Rahmel Ashby’s sister, Nyesha Bates.

The April 2014 fight was organized after Lewis heard that Bates was spreading rumors that she was a prostitute.

Briggs also admitted that Rogelio King, who was shot in the melee and took the stand a day earlier, was “more than a boyfriend” to Lewis.

“So Rogelio was not really her boyfriend, right, he was her pimp?” Montgomery asked.

“What do you mean by that?” Briggs asked cautiously.

“Meaning he would go with her, and be her enforcer, and make sure you guys got paid, right?” the lawyer shot back.

After a long pause, during which Briggs was reminded she needed to answer, she said, “No.”

As “president” of the “sex and stripper ring,” Lewis allegedly offered the other girls –including one as young as 15 — advice on how to get through the sometimes boring sessions with the johns who contacted them via craigslist and backpage.com

“Imagine yourself in a porno,” Lewis wrote.

The text chains also included discussions of the young teen’s initial forays –with Briggs at one point appearing to meet with two clients at the same time and texting the others the “first one was small, and the other one was aight.”

The teens also compared prices, with Briggs texting she charged $40 for a “hot oil” massage, and Lewis responding she should charge an additional $60 for “happy endings” — adding she’d check and see what the going rate was.

The texts, which were from a month before the fight, contained other disturbing messages as well.

“Wait, I wanna bring a deadly weapon — I feel evil today,” one of the girls wrote. “I got mad anger son.”