|Founding location||Long Beach / Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Territory||Active in 14 U.S. states (2009)|
|Ethnicity||Primarily of Laotian, Vietnamese and Cambodian descent|
|Membership||5,000 - 12,000|
|Criminal activities||Drug trafficking, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and homicide|
|Rivals||Valerio Street Gang, Tiny Rascals|
The Asian Boyz, or ABZ, are an Asian American street gang founded by Marvin "Shy Boy" Mercado in the 1990s in Southern California. The Asian Boyz gang members are mainly males of Vietnamese, Cambodian or Laotian descent.
On the East Coast, their gang colors are forest green, black and yellow. Asian Boyz also have a tattoo of a dragon head with crystal globes. On the West Coast, they use blue, similar to the Crips.
The Asian Boyz gang was established in Long Beach. There are additional factions in states on the east coast. However, the ABZ are spread across the United States, mainly on the east coast of the U.S.
In August 1997, the leader of the Asian Boyz Van Nuys set, Sothi Menh, was arrested in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and brought back to the United States after fleeing the country in January that year. He was wanted for committing five gang-related murders in the San Fernando Valley in 1995. In September 1998, seven of the Asian Boyz were charged with seven murders, 18 attempted murders and five instances of conspiracy to commit murder in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, in 1995.
Death of Samnang Oth
On August 12, 2006, a fight broke out between Bloods and Asian Boyz gang members at a house in Lowell, Massachusetts, where a birthday party was being held. Asian Boyz members left the party and allegedly started throwing bottles and other objects. Billeoum Phan, 14, began firing at the Asian Boyz members. One of the shots hit Asian Boyz member Samnang Oth, killing him. Phan was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to incarceration until he turns 21. He is required to serve a 5-years probation after his release.
Death of Sang Vu
Three members of the gang were charged with beating a 15-year-old boy named Sang Vu to death in Utica, New York, in January 2007. Richie Nguyen was sentenced to 5 to 15 years of prison for manslaughter. Samnang Chou was sentenced to 10 years of prison for second-degree assault.
Abduction of Vutha Au
In Santa Rosa, California, four men were convicted in June 2012 of abducting 24-year-old Vutha Au, driving him to near Goat Rock Beach, and shooting him nine times resulting in his death, which occurred in March 2008. Quentin Russell, who was 24 years old at the time of the shooting, is the gunman who pulled the trigger ending Au's life, and brothers Sarith Prak and David Prak, and Preston Khaoone, were charged in connection with the murder and abduction of Au. All four defendants were convicted and sentenced to life without parole on July 27, 2012.
In the 1990s, Pierre Mercado, the brother of Marvin Mercado, was responsible for four murders in an attempt to intimidate other gangs. He fled to the Philippines and remained there for 11 years until he was brought back to the United States in 2012. In 2013, Mercado was sentenced to 218 years to life in prison.
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