Arrest sheds light on group whose mission may be to cause violence


by Renee Murphy

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 7:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An arrest of 18-year-old David Leach is shedding new light on a group of kids whose main mission may be to cause violence.

Leach was arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct over the weekend.

The police report says he was arrested in an area where there have been several police calls for fights and gang activity involving the "YNO" gang.

“YNO stands for Young and Off that,” Eddie Woods with the LIFE Institute said. “That basically means they are about problems, about mayhem. They are just about fighting.”

Woods’ goal is to pull kids from gangs.

And that may have been what happened at the Waterfront in March, when the group gathered to remember 14-year-old Me’Quale Offutt who was killed on a TARC bus.

There were several assaults and criminal incidents when roughly 200 kids created problems downtown.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad is now talking about the group and their possible involvement.

“It is a group that we are aware of. We are continuing to collect information about them some of them are potentially involved in some of the things that occurred on March 22 and that investigation is still ongoing,” Conrad said.

I asked the chief what kind of risk this group could pose to the community. Conrad said that is all a part of the investigation.

“We may get some insights into what they are thinking about and what they are trying to do and that may be the only way we can assess the kind of risk,” Conrad said.

There may be more than 100 kids involved in YNO. Woods said most of the kids are in middle school.