Nine members of a violent street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering case that involves narcotics trafficking, robberies and murders, including the 2006 slaying of a federal informant in the case.
The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five
murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies
and the operation of “drug spots” and “drug lines” on the city’s South Side
among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004 and 2009. Four of the defendants are charged with personally
shooting to death five victims between 2006 and 2009, including one victim,
Wilbert Moore, who authorities said was killed because he was cooperating with
Among those charged with racketeering conspiracy was the alleged leader of
the Hobos, Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester, 36, of Richton Park. The two defendants
charged in the murder of the informant were identified as Paris “Poleroski” Poe,
33, and Arnold “Armstrong” Council, 37.
Poe is suspected in a second slaying of a gang informant in April, according
to court records, but he was not charged today in connection with that slaying.