MARTINEZ — Two San Francisco men have been charged with following and gunning down a 19-year-old in Antioch last August, and an alleged accomplice is accused of helping them cover their tracks.
Terrance Webb, 40, and Gale J. Young, 37, were charged last week with murdering Anthony Singh, along with enhancements and special circumstances allegations for allegedly lying in wait and using a firearm in the crime. The charging documents allege both are members of a notorious San Francisco gang known as Big Block or Harbor Road.
Singh was shot multiple times at an apartment complex on on the 2200 block of San Jose Drive, in Antioch, around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2018, police said. In February, authorities released suspects’ sketches and surveillance footage, showing a silver car that police say trailed Singh’s car from a nearby gas station to the site of the homicide.
Webb remains a fugitive, and authorities say they’re actively looking for him. Young is in federal custody on unrelated gun charges, alleging he stashed a pistol under a vending machine after being shot in the foot by unknown rivals in San Francisco.
In addition to Webb and Young, a third suspect, Victoria Collins, 37, is charged with accessory after the fact and possessing ammunition. The charging documents allege that Collins destroyed a car that was used in the shooting, on or about the same day that police released surveillance footage of the vehicle.
Collins pleaded not guilty at her arraignment hearing. A preliminary hearing has been set for next week. She remains in custody in lieu of $571,000 bail.
Authorities have not identified the suspected motive in Singh’s killing, only that it appeared the suspects followed him from a gas station. Another 19-year-old man was shot and wounded in the incident.
Webb and Young’s life stories have a rare commonality: they have both been charged with murder in San Francisco — in unrelated incidents — and both of them beat the charges against them.
In September 2016, the San Francisco District Attorney dismissed murder charges against Webb and another man, a famous rapper and San Francisco native named Charles “Prezi” Gardner, who were accused of gunning down 19-year-old Sean Ford at a nightclub three months earlier. A DA spokesman told the San Francisco Examiner that the officer received evidence showing Gardner and Webb “may have acted in self-defense.”
Similarly, Young was acquitted in a murder case alleging he participated in the 2014 killing of Daniel Beltran, 18, during a fight in a single-room occupancy hotel near the intersection of Sixth and Mission streets, the Henry Hotel. Young was convicted of only misdemeanor and assault, and the jury found him and his co-defendant, Darius York, not guilty of murder.
Last November, Young — who has “Redbone” listed as an alias — was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. That charge stems from a December 2016 incident when Young was actually shot in the foot.
The shooters got away, but when police reviewed surveillance footage, they reportedly saw Young ditch a gun under a vending machine. His attorney wrote in a motion the footage shows Young was in possession of the gun for less than 30 seconds, that someone else handed it to him and he immediately got rid of it.
Debate over Young’s alleged gang ties
Young’s alleged gang association has come up in his federal case, with prosecutors painting him as a career criminal and longtime San Francisco gang member.
“(Young) has spent approximately 13 of the last 17 years in custody and yet has been present at multiple shootings, one of which resulted in the death of another,” prosecutors wrote. “Law enforcement has seized at least 11 firearms in connection with his arrests.”
In trying to establish gang ties, prosecutors also included a music video to the Prezi song “The Real Block Report,” which Young made a cameo appearance in. Defense attorneys called that a mischaracterization.
“Evidently overlooked by the government is Prezi’s legitimate rap career, and his benevolent intentions to help San Francisco’s Hunters Point community, and in particular the Harbor Road area and its housing projects,” Robert Waggener, Young’s attorney in the federal case, wrote in a motion.
Waggener also accused prosecutors of conflating the fact that Young grew up in an apartment complex in Hunter’s Point with gang membership, writing: “Mr. Young denies being an active gang member. He has never been convicted of a gang related offense.”
Young also allegedly threatened a witness in jail, days before the witness was to testify against him in the gun case. But Young signed a sworn statement denying the accusation, saying he was only offering the man a friendly greeting.