FSU Gang Founder Arrested For Extortion: Inside Punk Fight Club

July 20th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

Elgin James, the founding member of the FSU hardcore movement that was the subject of an article titled “Punk Rock Fight Club” in Rolling Stone, was arrested last week and charged with attempted extortion of a Chicago-area recording artist, the Chicago Tribune reports. James was the focus of contributing editor Mark Binelli’s 2007 article inside the FSU, which has branches and members all over the country and in the past has been accused of using violence as a means of controlling the punk scene. As Binelli wrote in “Punk Rock Fight Club,” members of FSU — which stands for Friends Stand United, or “Fuck Shit Up” — have been charged with everything from murder to robbery and now, extortion.

(Read Binelli’s entire feature on James and the FSU, “Punk Rock Fight Club,” for the group’s history and past troubles.)

According to federal authorities, a member of a band that was aligned with FSU had a confrontation with a member of another band — later identified as the Chicago punk group Mest — while on tour in 2005. Then in October 2005, when Mest played Boston (where FSU was founded) the unnamed bandmember was attacked by six men, forcing the group to cancel its show at night. The FBI say that a month after the attacks, James contacted the Mest member, saying he could avoid further trouble if he made a $5,000 “donation” to the FSU.

A month later, the band member was attacked again in Orlando, Florida, and James allegedly called the victim after the attack and “asked how the victim’s trip to Florida was going when the victim had never told James that the victim would be traveling in Florida,” reads an FBI press release. “After the victim told James that the victim would not be paying the $5,000, James allegedly ended the call sarcastically, which the victim understood to mean that further attacks would ensue.” After that...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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