When city leaders decried the recent violent crime surge in a press conference yesterday, they laid some of the blame on youngsters for the bloodshed. But the most recent pair of homicides, a double-murder last week in Rainier Beach, claimed the lives of two grown men, including an infamous Crip gang member who was among the first wave of gangsters to relocate to Seattle from southern California in the late '80s.
According to numerous sources, Hendricks was a longtime member of the 74 Hoover Criminals, one of Seattle's most powerful street gangs. A member of the ATF's violent gang task force, who asked that his name not be used in order to speak candidly on the subject, says the Hoovers migrated from their native Los Angeles (their name is based on the city's South Hoover Street) in the late-80s to tap what the Crip-affiliated gang regarded as the lucrative Seattle market for crack cocaine. Hendricks was among the OGs -- original gangsters -- who settled in the Rainier Valley.
"He was definitely one of the more feared gangsters in Seattle," says the ATF gang task force member. "He was out there doing a lot of enforcement-type stuff, strong arm, shooting-type stuff."
Court records indicate Hendricks first ran afoul of the law in 1987, when he was charged with "taking a vehicle without permission." That marked the beginning of a lengthy criminal career in King County. Over the next two decades, Hendricks racked up convictions for attempting to elude police, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm, and several drug-related felonies.
This tribute image to George "P-Nutt" Hendricks appeared last week on the website Northwest Gangs.
Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Corrections, says Hendricks was released from the Washington State Penitentiary last year after serving a 12-year sentence for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. According to court records, in 1997 Hendricks was caught illegally gambling with a group of men near Holly Park in south Seattle, a well-known stretch of Crip turf. A police search of his person turned up a bag of crack rocks, a pager, and more than $1,200 cash. The arresting officers noted in their report that Hendricks, "had shot at police in the past."
State DOC records confirm that Hendricks was a Crip gang member originally from California, affiliated with "a sect of the Hoovers 74." In addition to his "P-Nutt" or "Peanut" nickname, Hendricks was also known by a half-dozen other aliases. "He's got quite the history," Lewis says. "He just went one from one prison or jail to another."
The ATF task force member says the Hoovers are "several hundred members strong" in Seattle, and in recent years the gang has expanded their territory to the south King County suburbs Renton, Federal Way, and Kent. Beyond their involvement in the drug trade, the gang reaps profits from prostitution, theft, and bank fraud.
In the incident last week, Hendricks was reportedly shot by Dozier, who was then gunned down, either by Hendricks or Hendricks' associates. Dozier was himself an infamous Bloods gang member from West Seattle. "He was not a youngster looking to make a name for himself," the ATF agent says. "He put his time in."
The shooting is still under investigation, and Seattle Police are asking witnesses to call the Department's anonymous homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.