3 charged in pellet gun incidents

CONYERS - A DeKalb County man and two juveniles, who all claimed to be members of an Asian gang, were charged by Conyers police in connection with a series of car windows being shot out along Dogwood Drive.

Anousinh Chareunsouk, 18, of 1654 Cody Circle, Tucker, was charged with nine counts of aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threats and acts, both as being a party to the crime.

Two boys, a 15-year-old also from Tucker, and a 13-year-old from Conyers, were also charged in the case and were handed over to the Rockdale County Juvenile Court, according to Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation of someone firing a CO2-powered pellet gun into three vehicles, of which two were occupied, on Feb. 27.

A woman driving in an SUV on Dogwood Drive at about 7:30 p.m. told police she heard a popping noise from the back of her vehicle as she approached the intersection of Dogwood Drive and Ga. Highway 138. She pulled over at her first chance near the Burger King and discovered her vehicle's back windshield was shattered from an apparent pellet shot, Cathcart said.

That report was followed by another call at about 9:30 of a woman who reported seeing a red van follow her into the Wal-Mart parking lot. As she pulled her Buick Century sedan into a parking space, the van drove by and the passenger leaned out the window with the gun, shot out the rear passenger window and drove off, Cathcart said.

Nine cars in all were damaged. Cathcart said CPD investigators were able to identify the suspects and spent the past month building the case against the three.

Chareunsouk turned himself in to the Conyers Police Department on Wednesday morning. The two juveniles also turned themselves in to police. Cathcart said all were cooperative in the investigation.

"They were so forthcoming with information, so they were allowed to turn themselves in," Cathcart said. "For the two juveniles, their parents were notified, so we were pretty sure they weren't going anywhere."

Chareunsouk and the juveniles told investigators they belonged to street gangs Asian Boyz and Crips and confessed to similar incidents in DeKalb County.

Similar incidents of gang activity have been reported to the CPD in the past, but Cathcart said this was the first instance he could remember involving Asian gangs.

"We have not had any dealings with any Asian Crips, and I don't know if they are their own group or part of the Crips," Cathcart said. "I don't recall any Asian-type problems. I know there are some out there in other areas, but not here."

Cathcart said one of the juveniles also confessed to being involved with several armed robberies in Gwinnett County and that Gwinnett County police were investigating.

Chareunsouk remained at the Rockdale County Jail on Monday after being denied bond in Magistrate Court during a bond hearing on Wednesday, according to jail officials.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.