|Founded||Founded in or near Lower West Side: Pilsen|
|Colors||Black and Green|
|Primary ethnicities||Latino (Mexican)|
|Symbols||Wolf Head and Low Rider Hat|
Wolf head with low rider hat
The original Villa Lobos were Puerto Ricans and were started along Armitage Avenue somewhere in the year 1960. Armitage runs from Lincoln park all the way west to Belmont-Cragin. Belmont-Cragin and Hermosa didn’t really have Puerto Rican gangs in the earlier 1960s. Logan Square and Bucktown had some Puerto Rican gang activity but Lincoln Park was the neighborhood that had the most Puerto Rican gang activity in the 1960s; therefore, I theorize the Villa Lobos came from Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park, which was the same block the Armitage and Dayton Latin Kings began on and the Young Lords or Armitage and Sheffield. The Villa Lobos were founded by “Crazy Horse” in the year 1960.
In the year 1967, The Villa Lobos moved to 18th and Damen in the Pilsen neighborhood alongside a small Puerto Rican migration wave that landed at 18th and Damen and the Marshall Square community that year. They had a club house at 18th and Damen right behind Bishop’s Chili. Villa Lobos means “Village Wolves” in Spanish. The Villa Lobos had an alliance with Morgan Deuces and Latin Kings and would invite Latin Kings from Little Village to party with them at the club house. Villa Lobos perhaps met Latin Kings from Little Village because they likely had family in Marshall Square that knew the Boulevards Latin Kings or perhaps because Villa Lobos knew some Latin Kings from Lincoln Park. The Villa Lobos were also called upon at a peace summit with Latin Kings, Morgan Deuces and other gangs in the Bridgeport Homes in the Bridgeport neighborhood in the late 1960s, this solidified their relationship with Latin Kings much more.
What I do know is they were around in Pilsen by 1967 and their leader was Lawrence McClean back in 1967. McClean was 17 years old in 1967 and went down for murder after he shot and killed Loren Overturf, a member of a rival gang called the “Whitey’s Boys.” This clash may have happened because the Villa Lobos were now operating south on Damen to Damen and Blue Island. After this murder heat was brought down on the Villa Lobos and McClean got charged.
Villa Lobos had success in Pilsen as their territory stretched from 19th Street on the north to Cullerton Street on the south, Loomis Street on the east and Ashland Avenue on the west. 18th and Damen became their major stronghold in these early days and was the motherland.
In the year 1970 Villa Lobos migrated to the Little Village community for the first time as they arrived at 26th and St. Louis. in the year 1976 the Villa Lobos left 26th and St. Louis in favor of settling on a larger scale at 26th and central Park, 23rd and St. Louis, 30th and Drake, 24th and Drake and 23rd and Ridgeway. By this time the Villa Lobos had become more of a Mexican gang than a Puerto Rican gang.
In the year 1977, the Villa Lobos had become exceptional in size and were a main force in the Little Village area. This was the same year that the Ayala brothers turned the Two Six organization into a street gang as they aggressively absorbed groups from other gangs. The Two Six then approached the Villa Lobos the join their ranks but Villa Lobos rejected the offer. This caused Two Six to shoot at the Villa Lobos in an alley way as three Villa Lobos were gunned down, one being Lil Rojo who died from his wounds. This started a eternal war with Two Six and their allies the Satan Disciples who were involved in the initial violence.
The Villa Lobos biggest enemy was always the Two Sixs and when it came to the major war between Two Six and Latin Kings in Little Village the Villa Lobos took the Latin Kings’ side as they became good allies. The Villa Lobos also fought with Two Six allies the Sin City Boys.
In the Pilsen area the Villa Lobos slugged it out with La Raza and hung out with Latin Counts and Latin Brothers. In about the year 1981 the Villa Lobos joined the People Nation thanks to the Latin Kings as they became even closer allies with Latin Kings.
I am not sure of the accuracy of this but I understand that the Villa Lobos left Pilsen in the early 1980s and focused only on Little Village, no matter what, the Little Village chapter for sure lived longer than the 18th Street chapter.
The Villa Lobos had pretty good numbers in the 1980s but by the early 1990s the organization began to fade out due to retirement or members flipping to Latin Kings especially the 30th and Drake section all turned Latin King because the powerful 31st and Drake section was looking to grow even more. The Cullerton and Ashland section closed up by the 1990s then 23rd and Ridgeway shrunk in size to the point where many members moved to the suburb of Cicero at 16th and Austin which lasted until the 2010s decade.
Please send in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s pics!
- Who was the founder and what happened to him?
- What year were Villa Lobos founded?
- What intersection did Villa Lobos begin, Armitage and what cross street?