Operation Take Back
Instrumental in Gang Arrest

Police from the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) 7th Precinct has arrested a gang member who was wanted for a shooting in North Carolina.

26-year-old Shaki Darrell Jones was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Mastic Beach. Police had a tip that Jones had fled to Mastic Beach following an April 1st shooting in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 

Jones was wanted in North Carolina for six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in connection with the April shooting. Police said Jones and two other men fired into several cars and two people were injured in the North Carolina shooting.

Police say Jones is a member of the Nine Trey Gangstas, a Bloods street gang.

This past Friday night, two detectives from the 7th Precinct approached the Mastic Beach Village Public-Safety Department with a picture of Shaki Darell Jones. Public-Safety Officers recognized the fugitive as a squatter from a house located at 88 Cranberry Drive that was boarded up under Operation Take-back.

To date, the Mastic Beach Village Public-Safety Department has closed down over twenty (20) squatter homes in the past two months which has resulted in six arrests including, Shaki Darell Jones. 

Mastic Beach Village Mayor, Maura Spery said, "We are taking-back Mastic Beach. Squatters—especially criminals—are not welcome here."