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Newton authorities arrest 4 believed to have gang ties

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently arrested four people believed to have gang ties.

According to NCSO Public Information Office Cortney Morrison, on May 22 around 6:45 p.m. a complainant notified 911 that she observed two black males get out of a small red car near her home on Morningside Drive and walk around to her back yard.

The woman said the two were not wearing shirts and were carrying guns. Nonetheless, the complainant confronted the pair, and they left.

"She began to follow them in her own vehicle, still on the phone with 911, and the males went to Green Commons Drive and, by the time she had gotten over there, she was able to witness the males fighting a third male," Morrison said. "While the first complainant is still on the phone with 911, they received another call from a different complainant saying three males with brass knuckles came to his house trying to fight his son. He said they were not wearing shirts and left in a small red car."

NCSO deputies were able to intercept a vehicle matching the description at the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Bypass Road and found it to be occupied by two adult males, one juvenile male, adult female and a 2-year-old child.

"All individuals in the vehicle denied any involvement in the allegations," Morrison said, but added the first complainant was able to identify them.

The occupants of the car were arrested and charged and during a search of the vehicle, several red bandanas were found in the vehicle, as well as one hanging out of the pocket of one of the suspects. Also, a pair of brass knuckles and marijuana were found. Deputies concluded that there was evidence of the group belonging to a gang.

Arrested and charged were Lashanta Monique Jones, 60 Green Commons Drive, who was charged with aggravated assault, parties to a crime, Georgia Street Gang Terror Prevention Act, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and cruelty to children in the third degree; Jawan Demetri Chestnut, 22, 60 Green Commons Drive, probation violation, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, Georgia Street Gang Terror Prevention Act, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, cruelty to children in the third degree; Dontaviurs Dashon Smith, 17, 9160 Gallatin Drive, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, Georgia Street Gang Terror Prevention Act, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, cruelty to children in the third degree; and a 15-year-old juvenile was detained on charges of aggravated assault, Georgia Street Gang Terror Prevention Act, possession of marijuana less than an ounce and cruelty to children in the third degree.

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soccerfeet 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Good! Get the thuggish scum off our streets!!

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