Yusuf Ali Bey IV is the spiritual leader and CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery, once a multi-million-dollar business, religious and political empire in Oakland but now bankrupt.
Bey IV, 21, rose to the head of the organization in October 2005. He is the third CEO in a bloody succession since the 2003 death of his 67-year-old father, Yusuf Ali Bey, the group's charismatic founder. Bey IV took over after his 23-year-old brother, Antar, was killed in an apparent carjacking in October 2005. Antar Bey assumed control of the operation in March 2004, just days after the senior Bey's handpicked successor and spiritually adopted son Waajid Aljawwaad Bey disappeared. His body was later found in a shallow grave in the Oakland hills. In June 2005, John Bey, another spiritually adopted son of the senior Bey, was shot several times in a failed assassination.
Bey IV has been in jail since his Aug. 3, 2007, arrest on charges of kidnapping and torturing two women in Oakland in May 2007. His half-brothers Yusuf Bey V and Joshua Bey were also charged. In a surprise move, Joshua Bey agreed to a plea bargain deal in exchange for his testimony against his half-brothers.
Bey IV is also charged in a videotaped rampage of two Oakland liquor stores in November 25, 2005.
Between 2005 and 2007, Bey amassed nearly a dozen criminal charges in four San Francisco Bay Area counties. The offenses range from speeding and shoplifting to such felonies as forgery, fraud, grand theft, assault with a deadly weapon and extortion.
Devaughndre Broussard, the bakery handyman charged with killing journalist Chauncey Bailey, contends that it was Bey IV who told him in a police interrogation room to falsely confess to the crime to be "a good solider" of the organization.