Spanish Gangster Disciples
Spanish Gangster Disciples

Spanish Gangster Disciples

Founded Founded in 1981 in or near South Chicago
Founding story

Founded in South Chicago, 87th and Houston

Formerly known as

Saint Spanish Gangster Disicples

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1980 – 2000 or later;
Colors Black and Light blue
Primary ethnicities Latino (Mexican) and Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Winged Heart, Devil Tail, Devil Horns, and Gangster Crown
Status Active

The Spanish Gangster Disciple history is one that has been a tough history to understand and many different versions and tales have been told about their formation.  Many have said SGDs began in prison back in 1974 but there is only some truth to this.  The story is a little complicated and now I hope to have it almost correct if not completely correct.

The Spanish Gangster Disciple name dates back to the year 1980 but the concepts that come from this name date back to 1966. In the year 1966 the Black Disciples from the Cabrini Green projects helped form a Puerto Rican version of the Disciples called the “Latin Disciples,” which became an organization unified within the Black Disciple nation and would evolve into the Maniac Latin Disciples we know today.

In the year 1973, the Gangsters within the Black Gangster Disciple nation called upon white and Hispanic gang members to pull off assassinations for them and in exchange they would eliminate their enemies.  This was done so the gangs could have alibis and the hits looked random in nature which kept the cops off their backs.  The gangs the Gangsters summoned were Ashland Vikings, Simon City Royals and Ambrose.  This was the beginning of early relations across racial boundaries.

In the year 1976 three Saint gang members that were brothers and from the Back of the Yards neighborhood started a branch of Saints in South Chicago at 87th and Houston.  These original South Chicago Saints were Hondo, Tootsee and Bull.  These Saints would later be a key part of SGD history.

In the year 1976, the Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples unified in an alliance called the “Young Latino Organization” that was a concept put out by the Young Lords for Puerto Rican unity.

In the year 1978, the Spanish Cobras and Maniac Latin Disciples unified with the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Eagles to create the “United Latino Organization” which was a unity on the streets between these four organizations.  In that same year the Folk alliance was created in prison for the purpose of a labor strike against prison staff.  This unity unified the United Latino Organization gangs with the Ashland Vikings, Simon City Royals and Ambrose.  The unity stretched to include the Satan Disciples and Two Six, all these organizations would become Folks with the Black Gangster Disciples being the head of the Folk alliance and Larry Hoover, the leader of the Gangsters, as the main man over it all.  Larry Hoover was kind of like the Director of the Folk alliance behind prison walls and helped guide the Hispanic and white gangs the right way.  Satan Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles, Imperial Gangsters, Ambrose, Two Six and Ambrose were known as “Latin Folks” behind prison walls and they mostly governed over each other aside from Larry Hoover and the white Folk gangs on day to day operations.  You can compare Larry Hoover to being kind of like a District Manager of an organization that is not always on site to manage staff.  One of the gangs to join the Latin Folks in 1980 was the Saints from the Back of the Yards community.

In the year 1979, gang violence began to intensify in the South Chicago neighborhood as white flight changed the neighborhood from majority white to majority black and Hispanic.  In the midst of this outside gangs began to slowly migrate into the community or form in the neighborhood like the Very Mellow People and the Latin Dragons.  Members of the Maniac Latin Disciples gang from on the north side of the city had adopted the Spanish Gangster Disciple concepts in the prison system after incarceration while some guys from the Royal Knights from South Chicago flipped to MLD and/or SGD concept in prison around this time.  These Key guys were former midget Royal Knights: Pablo Rios and his brother Rudy Rios, Rico “Mickey” Villea, Jesse Montanez and his brother.  This where the story really starts to begin.

In the year 1980, Ronald “Mad Dog” Carrasquillo of the Imperial Gangsters and Victor “King Vic” Gomez of the Maniac Latin Disciples drew up the Spanish Gangster Disciple concepts for the Latin Folks to officially be governed with a council of Folks from different organizations.  Victor Gomez was the original head of the council, this is how Spanish Gangster Disciple or “La Tabla” were created in 1980, but this was not on the streets.  As Saints gang members became incarcerated by this time they joined SGD/Latin Folks and in prison they were known as “Latin Saints.”

In the year 1981, several key members of the Black Gangster Disciples and Latin Folks were released from prison and began spreading the word about the Folk alliance and began teaching gangs which side they were supposed to identify with.  One key Maniac Latin Disciple that was released from Statesville was “Duck.”  Duck came to unite with the the Royal Knights at 87th and Houston and newly released former RKs that had flipped MLD/SGD in the joint and came out preaching about Spanish Gangster Disciple concepts and perhaps saw an opportunity to unite with the Black Gangster Disciples that were getting big in the neighborhood.  This group connected with the Saints on Houston and the Saints basically took over control of the new group about to form.  Duck, Rudy Rios, Pablo Rios, the Montanez brothers and Rico Villea connected with the Saints especially since the Saints had the bigger numbers than the fading Royal Knights and the MLDs that never had interest in starting a section in this neighborhood. The new group was formed in the year 1981 now known as “Saint Spanish Gangster Disciples.”  This basically combined Saint concepts with SGD concepts to form a new nation.  This new organization used a halo and pitchforks to symbolize the nation.  The gang was very small when they began and many still thought they were Saints, hence, why the earliest years of the SGDs went rather undetected.  The new Saint SGDs also adopted the colors of the Saints which is black and baby blue.

Saint SGDs were regarded as a chapter of the Saints from 45th even though Saints on 45th did not represent the Folk alliance on the streets while Saint SGDs did.  Both groups hung out with one another and partied together as they were one.

In the year 1982, Saint SGDs began to recruit in South Chicago and became known at that point, then by 1983 they were becoming quite large as they continued to clash with Latin Dragons.  By then the Saint SGD were fighting with Latin Counts and Latin Kings moving into the neighborhood as well.  In 1983 the Saint SGD simply became known as SGDs as the process of them shedding their Saint roots began.  The only feature left from being Saints is they still used the halo in their tags.

In the summer of 1983, the Spanish Gangsters Disciples formed on the north side on the corner of Rosemont and Broadway “Original North Side” in the Edgewater neighborhood.  I am not sure who moved up north from South Chicago but that is how it happened, a SGD from 87th moved to Edgewater and brought the SGDs here creating a more Puerto Rican chapter of SGDs.  The SGDs of Broadway often hung out with the SGDs of 87th, they were friends.  From Rosemont and Broadway, “Top Cat” moved to the Albany Park neighborhood and opened a new section at St. Louis and Ainslie.  A short time later the SGDs would open the Broadway and Cuyler “Uptown Green” section in the Uptown neighborhood, then Sunnyside and Kimball opened in the Albany Park neighborhood.  In all these neighborhoods the SGDs found intense rivalry with the Latin Kings making them one of their first enemies up north.  These north side SGDs never adopted the halo Saint symbol.

In the year 1984, the SGDs shed the halo from their tagging and were completely out of the Saint nation at that point.  The two groups seemed to go their own ways and by this time the SGDs were very well-known in the neighborhood but no one recalled the Saint SGD ways because in the early 80s the SGDs were small.

In the year 1986, Rico Villea and his wife opened a bakery in the suburb of Elgin.  This is how the SGDs got started in Elgin as some time later the SGDs began to grow into the suburb and it started with this bakery.

Eventually in the 1980s the SGDs opened Olive and Clark in the Edgewater neighborhood which was dominated by the P.R. Stones street gang and once they found out about SGDs a nasty war broke out which inevitably ended up being too costly of a gang war especially since the Stones were there first.  The SGDs were more about making money and money being made and Clark and Olive was not suitable so they moved operations to Early and Wayne which was close to Senn High School.  At this new street corner they were selling major amounts or drugs, especially Marijuana, out of two apartment buildings that faced each other.  Some of the customers were other Folk Nation gangs either from the area or outside the area, and funny enough there were even customers that happened to be Latin Kings who would buy large supplies from the SGDs to distribute on their own.

The SGDs opened up at Lakewood and Granville in the Edgewater neighborhood and congregated near Hayt Elementary School.

In the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, the SGDs opened territory in the neighboring at Lawrence and Winthrop.

The SGDs also traveled further north and opened territory in the Rogers Park neighborhood at Glenwood and Columbia and Lawrence and Harding “Lawrence City.” The SGDs also made new territory over in Albany Park at the corners of Drake and Ainslie and Sunnyside and Kimball.  On the south side the SGDs opened turf at 89th and Baltimore in South Chicago along with 26th and Tripp in Little Village and 47th and Wolcott in the Back of The Yards neighborhood.

The early 1990s was a crazy time for the SGDs that involved both growth and declination.  First, there was the murder one of the organizations’ founder Rudy Rios which left Rudy Guzman in charge then right after that he was killed.  The power then went to “Lil Dee” to run street operations while Antonio “Dee” Quintero ran things in the joint (Chicago Tribune, March 31, 1993 George Papajohn).  This was for the south side chapter.

As for the north side, the “Original 7” had all ended up serving prison terms and power was assumed by a member of the Latin Eagles that flipped to become a SGD named “Demon.”  Demon saw that the SGDs were weakened by these incarcerations and took this opportunity to come to this temporarily weakened gang and become the leader.  In one of his first orders of business, Demon declared war on the Latin Eagles, his former gang, probably because of old animosity.  Demon was a greedy leader that taxed his fellow gang members heavily on drug sales and many SGDs resented this, especially the older members.  Demon knew about this animosity so he decided to increase his power in order to show up those that disagreed with his power; therefore, Demon colonized the suburbs of Elgin, Prospect Heights “Piper Lane,” Highwood, Wheeling, South Holland, Whiting Indiana and East Chicago Indiana.  In the suburbs he found young and impressionable kids that were eager to gangbang and would have no issue paying the high taxes because they did not know any better.  He could also get them to kill for him if the older members objected too much. Demon was said to be greedy and kept a lot of money for himself even money that was supposed to be used for gang operations.

In September of 1991, the Chicago Police started watching the SGDs at 88th and Houston because they had become so violent that residents were in fear.  The SGDs were in nasty gang wars with Latin Kings, Latin Counts and Latin Dragons in the vicinity and this caused the neighborhood to be all shot up with even non gang banging residents having bullet holes in their walls and windows (Chicago Tribune, March 31, 1993 George Papajohn).

After the summer of 1992 things really heated up badly as bullets were flying and bodies were dropping.  “Operation Houston” was now in full effect and on March 30, 1993 7 members of SGD were arrested including Antonio Dee Quintero who was just released not too long before while “Lil Dee” got locked up (Chicago Tribune, March 31, 1993 George Papajohn). These key arrests severely crippled all south side operations especially since Dee appointed Demon to run everything now.  In the joint before this big arrest, Quintero was trying really hard to unify the Latin Folks and expand Spanish Growth And Development concepts; however, Demon ended up working counter-productively and waged war on fellow Folk allies such as Imperial Gangsters and Maniac Latin Disciples.  Both Dee and Lil Dee were released from jail or prison not too long after and were discussing what to do about Demon as he was trouble and seemingly ruining the organization.  Demon got wind of this and recruited his suburban soldiers to kill Lil Dee but the assassination failed, but a short time later another assassination attempt was successful; however, the murder was blamed on rival gangs.

As time went on, SGD lost a lot of territory due to police presence, gentrification (mainly in Edgewater) and lack of effective leadership, not only that, in 1999 the Spanish Growth And Development experiment failed and the Italian Mob withdrew support.  88th and Houston fell apart and Ambrose grew a set on that corner.  The original north side set of Early and Wayne fell mainly to yuppies moving in.  Broadway and Cuyler ended up becoming the SGD major set.

Please send in 1980s and 1990s pics!


  1.  What year was Rudy Rios killed?
  2. What year was Rudy Guzman killed?
  3. What years were Dee and Lil Dee killed?
  4. What year was Demon removed?