Incident Summary:

05/26/1977: Five members of the May 19 Communist Order participated in a robbery of the House O'Weenies in the Bronx, New York, United States. The robbery was successful; however, it is unknown how much money was stolen. No casualties resulted from this incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The Bronx

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity House O'Weenies
Specific Description House O'Weenies, the Bronx New York
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
at least two of the perpetrators carried handguns
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The House O'Weenies was a meat packing plant. Sekou Odinga and an unidentified Puerto Rican male entered the business office of the plant and demanded money while Mutulu Shakur drove the getaway car. The robbery did not go off smoothly as shots were fired. The perpetrators split up the money amongst themselves, and it is unknown if any of the money was used for anything other than personal benefit. All of the perpetrators were eventually captured by police.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
May 19 Communist Order No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
John Castellucci, "The Big Dance," Dodd, Mead & Company, 1986.