Athens Park Bloods are a predominately African-American street gang in an unincorporated area of South East Los Angeles County. The group started during circa 1970 as the Athen Park Boys (APB) before the Crip & Blood identities took form in the early 1970s. Some suggest that the APB were formed in 1969 prior to Raymond Washington forming the first Crip gang on the eastside of Los Angeles.
During the late 1960s, prior to the Athens Park Boys, the Black Cobras were the dominant group in the neighborhood which included guys like Tabu, Cowboy, Tony White and Michael Bell.
The Athen are one of the few gangs that have a westside and eastside within their singular turf West of Main Street to Figueroa represents the westside of Athens Park and east of Main Street to Avalon is the eastside.
During the 1980s, the Athens group forged close alliances with Miller Gangster Bloods and Black P Stone out the Jungles and created the A.M.J. alliance representing Athens, Miller, Jungles.
A history of the Athens Park Bloods was published in Issue 1 of Allhood Magazine.
Actor/Director Cle “Bone” Sloan is from this neighborhood but in recent years he has found his niche as a actor and gang consultant for several movies and television shows including TNT’s Southland and Straight Outta Compton in 2015. During a promo shooting for Straight Outta Compton, Marion “Suge” Knight, who grew up on Mob Piru neighborhood, accidentally ran over and killed his friend Terry Carter when attempting to run over Sloan after they had a fight.
Athens members Resting in Peace
- Dee Loko ( – December 2016), died from complications related to a car accident.
- Lil Duce Time
- Baby Fase
- Arman “Iseman” Davis, 30 (1973 – September 28, 2004), shot and killed at 1110 S. Antwerp in the Nickerson Gardens Housing projects.
- Tyrell “G-Twin”
- Vachel “Viscious Vas” Howard, 56 ( – June 2012) was killed as a result of a choke hold by a LAPD while in custody for DUI. The City payed his family $2.85 million in June of 2015 as part of a settlement. The incident was captured by LAPD cameras.
- Mickey Fountain, 18 (1960 – 1979)
The Athens Park Bloods (APB) are primarily a black criminal street gang located on the west side of Rosewood (also known as Athens), around the Rosedale community, region of Los Angeles, Ca. Their neighborhood stretches from Figueroa Ave toAvalon Blvd. They’ve several cliques, but their main cliques are 124th Street and127th Street. This gang has been around for over three decades, with history dating back to the 1970s.
In 2009, several police agencies, set their sights on the Athens Park Bloods, in an operation dubbed as “Operation Blood Klout.” Which, resulted in twenty arrests of Athens Park Bloods members or associates, seizure of large quantities of narcotics, including crack cocaine, marijuana, and the confiscation of several assault rifles.
G-Twin, the twin son of one of the founders of the Athens Park Bloods,was featured inDead Homiez (documentary). However, he was shot to death in the Poccet Hood Compton Crips territory. Cle“Bone” Sloan (actor/director), who appeared in movies such as: Training Day, Tears of the Sun, Brooklyn’s Finest, and directedBastards of The Party (documentary). Hooda John (rapper), who was featured and appeared in Mitchy Slick music video “Wont Stop Being A Blood” is also a member of the Athens Park Bloods.
Allies include: Denver Lane Bloods, this alliance is often referred to as “Athens Lanes,” and the Miller Gangster Bloods, this alliance is referred to as “Athens Millers”. OtherBlack P Stones (Jungles). Rivals include:118 Blocc East Coast Crips, 102 Raymond Avenue Crips, .