Brianna Arrington, 20, was nearly killed in April 2020, just days after joining the Eastside Rollin 20’s Bloods Gang in Norfolk, Virginia, and then trying to leave
Days after joining in April last year Arrington approached ‘Sayso’ Winnegan, requesting to be let off, but In response Winnegan punched her in the face and told members to beat her down
The Gang members listed as Brandon ‘Sayso’ Winnegan, 31, – the gang’s leader, Asja Smith-Moore, 20, Deondre Watkins, 24, Ginger Mcafee, 19, and Javonee Hodges, 22, as a group assaulted her
Others are Sadia Brown, 24, Skylar Webb, 19, Tavarrius Mitchell, 19, Toporshia Hodges, 23, and Xavier Walker, 23
Toporshia Hodges and Smith-Moore allegedly told Winnegan that Arrington would have to be killed because she knew too much about the gang and might ‘talk’
Arrington was pistol-whipped in the face, beaten in front of her 2-year-old son and had bleach pouring down her throat – She was later shot through her right eye, stabbed in the head and back, and left to die in her bullet riddled Mercedes
Her son was taken 5 miles away and abandoned in the street, where a sanitation worker found him in pouring rain
The victim lost her right eye and hearing in her right ear, but was able to testify in December 2020
Suspects are charged with Malicious Wounding, Use of Firearm in Commission of a Felony, Abduction, Mob Assault, Conspiracy to Commit Felony, Grand Larceny, Gang Hazing, Gang Participating, and Gang Recruitment
A young single mother in Virginia last year was savagely beaten in front of her sobbing two-year-old son. The assailants poured bleach poured down Brianna Arrington’s throat. She was then, was shot through the eye, stabbed multiple times and left for dead.
20-year-old Arrington was attempting to leave a Bloods offshoot gang she had joined just days earlier in the US Navy town of Norfolk, according to prosecutors.
Arrington was found bloodied and clinging to life in the front seat of a Mercedes nine hours after her tormentors had tried their best to kill her in April 2020.
The enforcers from the gang then took Arrington’s son, drove him 5 miles and dumped him in the street, where hours later a sanitation worker found the toddler wandering alone in a downpour.
More than 15 months after the near-fatal attack, the case against Arrington’s 10 accused would-be killers, all suspected members of the Eastside Rollin 20’s Bloods Gang from Norfolk, is still winding its way through Virginia’s court system.
The defendants are listed as 31-year-old Brandon Winnegan – the gang’s leader, Asja Smith-Moore, 20, Deondre Watkins, 24, Ginger Mcafee, 19, and Javonee Hodges, 22.
Other defendants are Sadia Brown, 24, Skylar Webb, 19, Tavarrius Mitchell, 19, Toporshia Hodges, 23, and Xavier Walker, 23.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Katie Beye said during a hearing earlier this month that Arrington is lucky to be alive, despite having lost an eye and the hearing in her right ear.
‘She was beaten by all of the members of the gang that were there. She was pistol-whipped. She was stabbed multiple times, possibly strangled,’ the prosecutor recounted in court, The Virginian-Pilot reports.
During a preliminary hearing in December, about eight months after her brush with death, Arrington testified during a preliminary hearing about her harrowing ordeal. At a point during her testimony, she removed her prosthetic eye to show her horrific wound to the court.
Arrington said she was working two jobs to support her two-year-old son but was still homeless when in November 2019 she met Skylar ‘Thump’ Webb, 18, who, in turn, introduced her to fellow members of the Outlaw Bloods, according to police.
Arrington claimed she did not know at first that her new acquaintances were gang members. They let her stay with her son at an apartment in the Arlay Point apartment complex, and seemed to take care of one another.
‘I wanted to be part of a family,’ Arrington told the court during the hearing in December.
‘They gave me a place to stay. I was homeless. Me and my son didn’t have nowhere to go, and that’s where I went because I thought they were cool people.’
Arrington eventually learned that her adoptive ‘family’ was, in fact, a violent street gang, and by mid-April its members invited her to join.
‘I said I wanted to be part of a family,’ Arrington testified. ‘I didn’t want to be any part of any gang.’
Arrington’s initiation ceremony consisted of her being ‘jumped in,’ or beaten by all the members of the gang for more than 20 minutes, during which she was expected to fight back
The young mom said she was not a good gang member and had a hard time learning secret handshakes and Bloods history and traditions. Every time she got something wrong, Arrington was subjected to a beating.
In the first few days as a gang member, Arrington said she was physically punished up to a half-dozen times. But that was only a prelude to the horror that would unfold on April 23.
That night, Arrington was sent to pick up pizza and bring it to the gang’s headquarters for a dinner-and-a-movie night.
As the gang members were watching the new remake of The Lion King, Arrington was quizzed on Bloods lore and was again beaten for getting the answers wrong.
The situation escalated after Arrington supposedly spoke to a higher-ranking gang member in a rude manner, earning her a more severe beating.
The 20-year-old rookie gang member then approached the alleged leader of the local gang, Brandon ‘Sayso’ Winnegan, 31, and asked him for permission to part ways with the group, telling him she was not ‘built for this stuff.’
‘I said, “I’m not that type of person. I don’t know how to do all this. It wasn’t me, and I’m not OK with it,”’ Arrington said from the witness stand. ‘I wasn’t built for this.’
Instead of giving Arrington her ‘walking papers’ – slang for permission to leave the gang – Winnegan announced to the entire group that the new recruit wanted out, then allegedly punched her in the face.
Suspects Toparshia Hodges and Asja Smith-Moore allegedly told the leader that Arrington would have to be killed because she knew too much about the gang and might talk.
Arrington recounted how suspect Xavier Walker stuffed one of her own socks in her mouth to muffle her screams and beat her in front of her crying toddler son.
During the attack, Winnegan punched and pistol-whipped Arrington in the face and Jd her. Pinned to the kitchen floor, she kicked her legs and banged them on the floor to alert people in the downstairs apartment. To stop her, two gang members held them down.
Then, while Winnegan choked Arrington with one hand, he poured bleach down her throat with the other. She swallowed some.
“He tried to drown me with bleach,” she said. “It was a big bottle.”
Meanwhile, other gang members were covering their tracks.
Toporshia Hodges and Smith-Moore took Arrington’s phone and deleted the gang’s Facebook Messenger group chats. Javonee “Shamurda” Hodges, Toporshia’s husband, told them to transfer all the money Arrington had in her Cash App account.
Eventually, Winnegan and Mitchell carried her out of the apartment, down some stairs and out to her car. At some point during the trip, Winnegan let go but Mitchell held on as Arrington begged for freedom. Instead, he hit her. Deondre “Killa” Watkins and Arrington’s son were right behind.
Once they got to the car, Mitchell let go, she testified in court. Arrington got in the driver’s seat with her son on her lap. She locked the car, but without the keys, couldn’t drive off. She had no escape plan or ideas about what to do next. Holing up was an act of desperation. “I was just waiting in the car because I wasn’t getting beat … and that was the safest place at the moment.
“I just wanted to get away from all of that,” she said. “I was hoping that they would just leave me alone.”
They didn’t. Several surrounded the car. At least six had guns. Toporshia Hodges told her she was “not being a good mother because I was holding [my son], to protect me” as a human shield.
Arrington apparently agreed, and put her son in the back seat.
“I didn’t want them to shoot him,” she said.
Watkins broke through the Saran wrap covering her rear windshield. Her son started screaming. Again, Arrington tried to get the attention of anyone who might help, this time by honking the horn. That didn’t work, either.
‘I can’t remember anything else after that,’ Arrington said in court. ‘It just went black.’
Next, Arrington was reportedly moved to another location, where she was stabbed multiple times in the head and back, shot through her right eye, with the bullet miraculously missing her brain and exiting through her right ear, and left to die in the car.
The prosecutor, told the court the gang members decided to spare the child’s life out of concern that killing him would spark an intense police response.
Somehow, Arrington lived. She lost her eye, and is deaf in her right ear and spent weeks in the hospital in a coma,. When she testified at a December court hearing, eight months after the attack, she still had a slew of scheduled surgeries and was taking dozens of pills every day
Seven hours after Arrington’s child was found, police received a 911 call about a woman inside a bullet-riddled Mercedes parked in the 500 block of Glendale Avenue.
An officer who responded to the scene described Arrington as covered in blood, with both her eyes swollen shut.
‘I assumed that she was dead. I didn’t expect her to respond,’ said the officer.
But when the cop called out to her, Arrington stirred and grunted in response.
The brutal violence cost Arrington her right eye, and she also cannot hear out of her right ear.
At the time of her testimony in December, Arrington said she was taking 28 pills every day and was looking to undergo at least six surgeries to repair some of the extensive damage to her body.
‘I used to wake up screaming and hollering and crying a lot, and fighting in my sleep,’ she said.
In June 2020, police in Norfolk arrested the 10 alleged members of the Outlaw Bloods in connection with the attack on Arrington reported 13NewsNow.
Charges against the suspects include Malicious Wounding, Use of Firearm in Commission of a Felony, Abduction, Mob Assault, Conspiracy to Commit Felony, Grand Larceny, Gang Hazing, Gang Participating, and Gang Recruitment.