The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

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ELEVEN
Fallen Stars

GUS WAS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC when he received the call. He had gone back to the island to clear his head. Now Pablo urged him to get on a plane and come back to the Bronx. I need you for a job that’s easy, Pablo told him.

When Gus arrived, Pablo informed him about how Willie had “fucked up” an earlier robbery. Now they targeted the same drug dealer; they planned to confront him on the street and snatch his briefcase, which carried one hundred and forty-seven thousand dollars. The informant, who had set up his business partner—his own nephew—wanted it done immediately. Just grab the suitcase on the street, he said.

On the appointed day, Pablo, Gus, and Freddy waited for both the uncle and nephew in a parked car, with the engine running. After watching the pair leave the building, all three got out, jumped on the nephew, punched him, knocked him to the ground, grabbed the suitcase, and drove off.

Later, at Pablo’s apartment, everyone sat at the dining room table, waiting. Pablo then placed the briefcase on it and opened it. Empty. Not a penny inside.

“By chance,” Gus explained, “the guy [nephew] had collected thirty thousand dollars more. It didn’t fit in the briefcase that he had. So he took all of the money and put it in a duffel bag. He gave the duffel bag to his uncle and he came out with the briefcase. But we don’t know that. I’m still thinkin’ that the money is in the briefcase. So when he came downstairs, I’m not really payin’ attention to his uncle’s duffel bag. We grabbed the briefcase. We get to Pablo’s house, we all sittin’ at a table. He opens that shit. The briefcase is empty. Yo, Pablo almost cried, man. The nigga almost cried. I saw it in his eyes, bro, that he almost cried.”

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  • The Stickup Kids - Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations (after Page 11 4) ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Becoming Stickup Kids 33
  • One - The Rise of the South Bronx and Crack 35
  • Two - Crack Days- Getting Paid 56
  • Three - Rikers Island- Normalizing Violence 72
  • Four - The New York Boys- Tail Enders of the Crack Era 87
  • Five - Crack Is Dead 105
  • Part Two - Doing the Stickup 115
  • Six - The Girl 117
  • Seven - Gettin’ The Shit 136
  • Eight - Drug Robbery Torture 151
  • Nine - Splitting the Profits 176
  • Ten - Living the Dream- Life after a Drug Robbery 191
  • Part Three - Todo Tiene Su Final 203
  • Eleven - Fallen Stars 205
  • Conclusion 235
  • Notes 243
  • Index 267
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