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Police say alleged shooter is member of gang

Suspect back in jail months after release

Apr. 16, 2011


Five months after he was released from jail, Yousel Lopez Rivera is back in a cell.

Rivera, 20, is expected to make his first appearance before a judge today, accused of attempting to kill a police officer.

Rivera was arrested Saturday after police say he shot a Cape Coral police officer three times during a traffic stop just before 1 a.m.

Officer David Wagoner, 43, was in stable condition Saturday at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Rivera was released from Lee County Jail last November after being held for two months on charges of assault, marijuana possession, property damage and giving false identification to law enforcement. But those charges were eventually dropped, according to court records.

Officials with the Cape Coral Police Department say Rivera is part of a street gang called “KGB” or “Krazy Getdown Boys.”

Criminal history

According to police, the gang is recognized by Florida law, which defines the terms as a formal or informal group that commits criminal or delinquent acts, and has three or more people who have a common name or common identifying signs.

Several websites identify the “Almighty Krazy Getdown Boys” as a gang originating in Chicago in 1992. The gang is comprised mostly of Latinos.

Rivera was convicted in June 2009 of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage and of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams in February 2010.

Both convictions stemmed from a May 2009 incident in Lee County.

Rivera was arrested again in June 2009 on a DUI charge while the May 2009 charges were pending. He was convicted of reckless driving.

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