Police: TYB gang member arrested in Longview
Feb. 8, 2016 at 2:47 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2016 at 2:47 p.m.
Police say a documented Longview gang member was arrested late Sunday after a traffic stop.
Bron'quivius Bronshay Gray, 20, of Longview, was arrested on a charge of unlawfully carrying a handgun. His bond was set at $250,000.
Police say Gray is a member of the Throwed Young Ballers gang in Longview.
Police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said police usually are prohibited from publicly identifying known gang members. However, Gray's association with TYB was released in his arrest affidavit, which is subject to open records. Brian also said Gray was arrested because of his gang affiliation while carrying a pistol.
Officers stopped an SUV about 11:47 p.m. near Mobberly Avenue and Myrle Avenue. The vehicle did not have any license plate lights, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police identified three people in the SUV, including Gray, who was in the back seat, and the driver gave officers consent to search the vehicle. The officer noticed Gray moving his hands inside the vehicle, and when the officer asked that he keep his hands in plain view, he noticed Gray had a tan rag lying on his lap.
During the search, officers found a silver-colored Ruger P94 pistol covered by a tan rag in the back seat near where Gray was sitting.
He was booked into the Gregg County Jail.
It is not the first time Gray has faced a weapons charge.
According to Gregg County court records, Gray was arrested July 18, 2013, and accused of aggravated robbery and unlawfully carrying a weapon at Broughton Park Recreation Center, in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. At that time, officers said a victim reported being assaulted and that Gray and two other people armed with handguns stole $602.
Gray spent more than three months in jail, until Oct. 31, 2013, when county prosecutors refused the robbery and weapons charge, after Gray's guilty plea for evading arrest and 300-day jail sentence. He was released from jail with credit for time served.
Another man police say is a member of the TYB gang was arrested in September on charges of aggravated robbery and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Malik Quran Bridges, 18, of Longview still is being held in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $501,000.