Dvorak’s parents stood by a poster-size photo of their son — his mother wiping away tears — as Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced the indictments at a press conference in Baltimore.
Addressing reporters, David Dvorak thanked investigators and said his son was likely looking down from above saying: “It’s about time.”
The investigation into the “500” or “500 L” gang by the state attorney general’s Organized Crime Unit, the Baltimore Police Department and the FBI involved wiretaps and undercover purchases of drugs and guns — including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, synthetic drugs and a sawed-off shotgun, prosecutors said.
The group, which involved both sworn members of the Bloods gang and non-members, had operated since 2014 primarily in the 500 block of N. Rose Street in the McElderry Park neighborhood, several blocks east of Johns Hopkins Hospital, prosecutors said.
Malik Mungo, 18, of the 1500 block of Lochwood Road in Northeast Baltimore, faces more than a dozen criminal charges, including first- and second-degree murder in the killing of Dvorak in the 2500 block of Boston St., on the night of Dvorak’s 27th birthday.
Prosecutors said Dvorak, a bartender at several Ryleigh's Oyster locations, including in Mount Vernon and Hunt Valley, was robbed and shot by Mungo and an associate while Dvorak was walking home after celebrating his birthday.
Frosh said the gun Mungo used was purchased by Robert Lewis, a higher ranking member of the gang. After the murder, Frosh said, other gang members suggested ways Mungo could evade investigators and disposed of the gun for him.
“This gang ran a sophisticated operation, engaging in drug and gun trafficking, robbery, and murder,” Frosh said in a statement. “After countless hours of hard work, we are able to bring a small amount of justice to Sebastian Dvorak’s loved ones and hold these defendants accountable for their actions.”
Frosh told reporters Monday that many law enforcement organizations, including the FBI and Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, as well as undercover city officers, collaborated on the investigation. The Safe Streets group also provided assistance, he said, though he declined to elaborate on what kinds of help they provided.
Mungo did not have an attorney listed in online court records, and a voice mail message left Monday at a number listed for his address was not returned.
Dvorak’s grandfather, Bernard Dvorak Sr., 81, of Towson, said the closure of the case will be “a relief, if they have the actual criminals.”
“We’re just saddened by the whole thing,” he said. “We lost great friend and family member for no good reason.”
Prosecutors said that members of the gang also were involved in the September 2016 stabbing death of Gerrod Greenwood, and the subsequent intimidation of a witness in the case.
Prosecutors said Wayne Zeigler stabbed Greenwood on Sept. 1, 2016, during a fight in the 7800 block of Eastern Ave. in Baltimore County. Zeigler was arrested and charged in the case, then learned the identity of a witness while jailed at the Baltimore County Detention Center and shared it with other gang members via mail, prosecutors said.
Gregory Randle, 34, who went by the nickname “Don Pablo” — an apparent reference to the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar — posted photos to social media of paperwork Zeigler had sent from jail that identified the witness in the case, prosecutors said.
“Among the postings was a picture of the witness, the witness’s information sheet that contained identifying information, as well as portions of a transcript of the witness’s statement given to police,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment.
In the social media post, Randle labeled the witness a “rat,” highlighted a section of the witness’ statement that mentioned Randle, and tagged other members of the gang to bring it to their attention, prosecutors said.
At Monday’s press conference, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby called the indictments “an example of the benefits of multi-agency collaboration,” and said it sent a clear message to those who would intimidate witnesses.
Frosh said the indictments against the defendants began in April. Previous cases would be superseded by Monday’s indictments, he said.
Also indicted were Clinton Davis, 36; Joseph Flowers, 38; Duwarn Holt, 29; Markeece Jordan, 25; Robert Lewis, 38; Vernon Miller, 29; Dante Neal, 21; Harvey Turner, 28; Keith Worthington, 33; Lienell Young, 33; and Timothy Zeller, 36.
No attorneys were listed for any of the defendants. All are being held without bond, according to court records. Frosh said each faces “many decades” in prison if convicted.
On Monday, Dvorak’s father called the indictments a positive step for Baltimore, a city known for its high murder rate. He thanked everyone who had helped with the investigation, as well as a woman who he said held Sebastian in her arms as he died.
But he acknowledged the indictments wouldn’t bring back his son.
“We lost our son. His siblings lost their big brother. His grandparents lost their first grandchild. His dear friends lost their Seabass,” he said, referring to his son by his nickname. “Sebastian’s life was stolen for literally nothing.”