Crime

Body of kidnap victim found. Does Pensacola have a neighborhood gang war brewing?

December 27, 2012

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The Pensacola Police report that the body of Torrance L. Hackworth, who was kidnapped from his residence early Monday morning, was yesterday afternoon found in a wooded lot in the 1600 block of North S Street.

We are hearing the shootings on Christmas Day maybe related to Hackworth’s kidnapping and murder. On Tuesday, three or four males broke into a house of North J Street and shot an 18-year-old male in the hand and foot. A 22-yearold male who entered the residence also was shot in the stomach during a disturbance.

Detectives continue pursuing leads on a suspect(s) involved in Hackworth’s abduction, which occurred around 2:45 a.m. Monday at his apartment. Although a motive for the home invasion/kidnapping remains under investigation, it is believed to have been drug related.

The Gun Crime Response Team has been activated and is assisting with the investigations.

Anyone having information on either incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435–1900.

  • George Hawthorne December 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    RT – I totally agree with you. One of the five strategies discussed in the plan that was presented was “suppression” which took an aggressive multi-agency approach at criminal investigation and prosecution of the perpertrators.

  • RT December 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    George, we should also make the drug “business” a more intensely risky and dangerous business (in terms of arrests, convictions, and prison sentences); those terms may not be a complete deterrent, but they are essential parts of any solution.

  • George Hawthorne December 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I don’t think we have a “gang war” brewing in the traditional definition of a “gang” which implies an organized group of individuals engaged in a criminal business enterprise. What we have are individuals closely associated in the drug trade and that is a violent “industry” trying to gain “market share” of customers and eliminating competition for those customers.

    However, we do have the potential of these “individuals” organizing and consolidating in an attempt to gain an advantage over “unorganized” drug dealers.

    In order to deploy a “disruptive” initiative to the “business” of drugs we must provide alternatives to the revenue derived from dealing. Clearly, if a “business” has inherent risks and diminishing returns the “business’s” leadership seeks other revenue generating activities that don’t have the same risks and better profits.