3 arrested in alleged gang-related attack

COVINGTON — Three teens have been arrested after an alleged gang-related assault.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an argument that turned physical in the Avonlea subdivision sometime around 2:45 p.m. on June 11. When they arrived, they spoke with the 17-year-old victim who said he was outside walking with his two younger cousins when he was approached by three black males.

“One of the males asked the complainant if he was a member of a gang and then the three males started kicking and punching the complainant in front of his two cousins,” said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

She said that one of the males picked up the victim and slammed him to the ground, causing abrasions to his hand and swelling to his nose and mouth.

At one point during the fight, a female friend of one of the males who lives in the neighborhood attempted to pull them off the victim, however, she was unable to do so and the teens continued fighting, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Since the suspects had left the scene by the time deputies arrived, a lookout was given for a vehicle that the three males were in. Sometime later, deputies later found the car in a nearby apartment complex.

“Deputies made contact with a male who said he was in the area at the time, but said he did not assault the victim, but he identified the other two males that were with him in the subdivision,” Morrison said.

The complainant also identified one of the suspects as one of the people who assaulted him.

Rashawn Anthony Thomas, 18, of 140 River North Court, and 19-year-old Willie Warren Jackson of 40 River North Court, were both arrested and charged with participation in criminal gang activity, battery and cruelty to children. One of the suspects is a 16-year-old male who was charged as a juvenile with the same offenses and transported to the Youth Detention Center in Sandersville.