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Alleged gang bangers caused trouble all over town

MASON CITY – A group of teens who are charged with crimes related to gang activity seem to have terrorized people across the city in recent days and kept at it after they were released from custody.

Roller City
Roller City

In one incident, at Roller City on the evening of October 7, a young person called police and alerted them that a group of teens were outside waiting and were going to attempt to attack him. Police came to the scene and made sure the alleged thugs did not injure the caller. Police later charged 4 teens in that incident, the same teens arrested on the night of October 9: 13-year-old Darrius Rashawn Bolden, 15-year-old Travis John Ulrich, 16-year-old Rudy Huerta and 16-year-old Karl Aaron Karzin.  The property owner, Tyler Anderson, was notified by police and the incident could fall under the city’s nuisance code.

Ray Rorick skate park
Ray Rorick skate park

This same group of teens, on October 4 (Mason City homecoming day) around 5 PM went to the Ray Rorick Skate Park. The teens allegedly challenged another teen who was skating there to a fight; NIT is told they had been “after” him for weeks. He refused to fight, and when he turned his back, his pursuers struck him numerous times until he was unconscious. According to a family member who reported the incident to NIT, the teens continued to strike him after he was knocked out. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The 500 block of East State Street
The 500 block of East State Street

In an interesting note, two of these violent teens who claim to be a members of a gang (the names of which NIT has been asked not to disclose), live directly across the street from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer’s $340,000 home, in the Cultural Crescent, at the 500 block of East State Street. This general location has seen more than its share of serious crime over the last year or two, including a murder, drug deals, assaults, hardened criminals fleeing police and hiding, and more.  Bookmeyer – said to be concerned about his property value and perhaps scared for his own safety – has acted in concert with the Chamber of Commerce and supported a “non-profit” group called Community Betterment, which has acquired properties nearby and proceeded to tear them down and move flood houses from the East Park area to replace them.  In fact, NIT is told, the entire area from Georgia Avenue east to Carolina Avenue and State Street north to 2nd Street NE is being looked at for property acquisition and redevelopment.

702 North Delaware
702 North Delaware

On the day the teens were caught and arrested (October 9), they had allegedly dressed in black and taken BB guns and were shooting at cars at the 600 block of North Delaware.  Numerous police responded and were able to catch them.  This location is adjacent to a rental house at 702 North Delaware, where police were called to on October 3 when the landlord found narcotics and marijuana as he was cleaning the house.

Earlier that day, three of the teens – Bolden, Ulrich and Huerta – were at Southbridge Mall and had stolen $300 worth of merchandise from the Buckle.

Sources tell NIT that those teens and others associated with them had essentially bullied and threatened their own classmates at school for months, and kids were scared of them.  The Mason City School District did cooperate with police in the investigation, which is on-going.  The four teens that appear to have spearheaded this alleged on-going gang activity were jailed in one form or another Thursday night, October 9, but apparently were quickly released.

More trouble followed.

Police reported at least three new disturbances on Friday, October 10.

John Adams Middle School
John Adams Middle School

Rudy Huerta, age 16, entered the John Adams Middle School without permission that day just after noon. This is a school for 7th and 8th graders who are typically 13 or 14 years of age. Police said they filed a charge against him.

About an hour later, Huerta and Travis Ulrich were located at 14th Street NW and Washington Avenue after an assault was reported there. They were both arrested by Mason City police, they said.

However, at 6:16 PM Friday, police were called to Mason City High School to deal with an assault, and Huerta was charged in that incident.

NIT is seeking more information on these incidents.

All these juveniles are innocent until proven guilty.

 

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This country will find a cure for cancer before they eradicate the drug problem that plagues mankind.

If they comment as quick as you do, I wouldn’t doubt it. Good thing we weren’t holding our breath waiting for Peter children’s take on this one.

The “drug problem” will NEVER be eradicated. People are human and will always look for a way to feel good. Just like with the drug alcohol. The most TOXIC drug. Highly addictive. Causes people to commit murder (with guns, cars , beatings etc.) And yet I’ll bet you suck down your share of that drug. But it’s legal so you probably think it must be ok to drink booze. Typical juicer…

Why does everything bad that happens comes back to slumlord landlords. I rent and I have a very good landlord. And I take pride in my home. My home is where I live and is a reflection of me. And I believe two of these kids live on East State Street. I don’t know 3 of these kids, but Rudy Huerta is a punk, he’s a product of his environment. When you’re raised by criminals, pretty hard to break the chain.

@anonymous-You are like most of the renters who jhave pride in where they live. Unfortunately, there are a lot of renters (especially the imports) who do not have any pride and could care less. They are the ones tearing down our city and are being helped by slum lords. There are a lot of good landlords too but there are also a lot of bad ones. You can tell by the condition of the property who is good and who isn’t.

What’s an “import”? Someone not from Mason City?

I’m not from around here either and I would never encourage anyone to move here. Folks here aren’t particularly welcoming to outsiders, as evidenced by your remarks.

But it seems to me that many locals flee this place at the first opportunity and I certainly don’t blame them. Guess that makes them exports?

LVS, if some other place would have you, would you consider becoming an export?

Sell some t-shirts. That’ll fix it.

Good story. Now, what’s going to be done about it within a community environment in which juveniles such as these are apparently allowed to blossom into real thugs? Can’t send them all to juvy jail. Taking them ‘off the streets’ costs taxpayers more and more every year. It starts when they’re tiny tots. It reminds me of the oil filter commercial – pay me now or pay me later. I think it’s so much cheaper and more productive to head this off. But it costs money.

When are the citizens of this community going to demand something be done about criminals like this. Releasing them to their parents obviously does no good, it does not seem they have any type of parental guidance in their life at all! Keep them out of the school system so kids can learn in peace!

These idiots get coddled and the bark terrorists will probably have hell to pay..

Why have they not been sent to El Dora, or one of the other boys facilities yet?

El Dora? You mean Eldora? It’s 1 word there smart one. Maybe you should go learn it.

NW hoodrat, why would you jump on a person the way you did? What was so terrible about the mistake he made?

Really?? Misspelling a word is that big of deal?

Why would a trouble maker like that be allowed to distrupt school
Scare students and teachers. I agree w my parents that this type of
Scum need to be kick out and ask questions later

Get this kid off the streets. Come on MCPD how many times is it going to take? He’s injured other kids, stolen and been involved with gang activity. There is apparently no discipline at home. Something needs to be done!

@Matt-Until the city does something about the slumlords and the subsidized rent I am afraid we will have to put up with these people. I have some more here in my area. He beats the woman up, we call the police, she denies it and we do it all over again. He doesn’t work and neither does she but we see them at the store and they buy a lot more than we do. Oh yeh, there is a little four year old girl involved who hears the swearing and sees her mother beat up and threatened all the time.

Cont.-Of course drugs are involved as usual.

You should go over and kick this guys ass… I think I probably would.

@Matt-I think it takes both. When the slum lords are guaranteed rent money by the state and also guaranteed money to fix the property (which very few ever do) it makes it easy for the tenant not to care (no skin in the game) and the slum lord not to care. His profit is guaranteed no matter who he lets in.

I’ve seen good landlords have bad tenants who destroyed the place. And seen bad landlords who won’t fix things. Bad landlords attract bad tenants. Good landlords just get unlucky. I’ll take a good landlord over a slumlord anyday

The city can’t do anything about subsidized rent. It’s a FEDERAL program with regulations that city has to follow . Get a brain.

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