HARLEM – A judge has allowed Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church to bail out Afrika Owes, the Harlem girl who had attended the prestigious Deerfield Academy who was recently arrested for gang activity.
Church officials, including its Pastor Rev. Calvin Butts, have argued that Owes should be allowed to be free on bail so she can finish high school while she awaits trial.
Owes was one of 14 alleged Harlem gang members arrested during a massive gang sweep in February. She was charged with helping boyfriend and alleged gang leader Jaquan Layne sell guns and drugs from Rikers where he was serving time.