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Mom says Daughter helped Bloods out of fear
By MATT COUGHLIN Bucks County Courier Times October 29, 2006 7:03 AM DRUG BUST IN PENNDEL The woman who let a group of Bloods street gang members deal drugs out of her apartment once played a little girl who needed protection from a superhero in the 1994 movie The Crow.
But when Andrea Ruano feared getting robbed this summer, she didn't turn to a superhero. Ruano's mother, Maun Flanagan, says her daughter had actually let the Sex, Money, Murder gang members live in the apartment because she was afraid of getting robbed.
The 26-year-old Penndel woman and four alleged members of the Bloods street gang Oscar Leroy Holland, 26, also known as Yorrel; William Elon Murphy, 27, aka Jerzy; and brothers Darryl Dwain Owens, 21, known as D, and David Lamar Owens, 19, known as Dip were arraigned Friday on charges that they were involved in a corrupt organization dealing heroin and cocaine out of Ruano's Oxford Grant Apartment following a two-month undercover investigation. Ruano also faces child endangerment charges for allegedly keeping her 3-year-old son in the apartment during drug deals and at least one robbery the very thing her mother said Ruano thought the Bloods would prevent.
It's quite a fall, Flanagan said outside the courtroom Friday morning. We knew something, nothing good was going on over there because she had a gun to her head a couple weeks ago. The apartment, where police said as much as $2,500 worth of heroin was sold daily, was robbed the night of Sept. 19. A group of men from another gang armed with an assault rifle and a shotgun broke into the apartment, tied one gang member up and stole at least $1,000 worth of rent money, police said.
In a taped copy of the 911 call that night one gang member's voice can be heard whispering. But the dispatcher could barely hear the man and asked him to repeat himself. He whispered again, slightly louder, Help. We're being robbed. But when police showed up to investigate the incident, the victims could only describe the robbers as black males. Police said Ruano's 3-year-old son Destin was in the apartment that night. Everyone was telling her she was hanging out with these guys who weren't really her friends, Flanagan said.
Police investigated the alleged drug deals out of Apartment 146 for two months before raiding it Thursday. They seized a cell phone used for drug deals, a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, heroin, cocaine and several pieces of gang paraphernalia. They also found pictures of Ruano with actor Brandon Lee and Ruano's film resume under the stage name Rochelle Davis.
Flanagan said her daughter was traumatized when Lee was accidentally killed on the set when he was hit by a round from a prop gun during an action scene. Ruano had to go back and film the final scene with a body double replacing Lee. Flanagan said she's never been in a film since. Flanagan said Destin is staying with her and his father at their Middletown house.
Ruano and the Bloods are each in Bucks County prison on $1 million bail. Matt Coughlin can be reached at 215-949-4172 or mcoughlin@phillyBurbs.com.
That movie was great, but that final scene was so sad. I can see why that little girl was messed up after that movie.