Wednesday, July 17, 2019
News 12 at 11 o'clock
Seven people -- only five are pictured here -- have been charged in this 5-year-old gang investigation. (Source: WRDW)
EMANUEL COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Five people are facing some serious charges from murder to drugs and two more suspects are still on the run. Investigators say they have ties to a well-known gang.
It may seem like a big city problem but that's not the case anymore. Five of the seven men indicted today on gang-related charges are in custody.
It’s a 32-page indictment summarizing an investigation that played out over five years. News 12 went to Swainsboro, a place the alleged gang leader called home.
"We had all the pieces there and we started putting the puzzle together and then guess what happened? We saw the picture," said Chief Randy Ellyson, with the Swainsboro Police Department.
After five years, they finally got results.
Seven ‘Blood’ affiliated gang members were hit with 44 charges ranging from fighting to premeditated murder. Chief Ellyson says while gangs may be associated with big cities, they're becoming a problem in smaller towns like Swainsboro.
"These elements are moving out into these small communities. Because they can run their enterprises and their criminal enterprises out of these smaller communities and have less effect by law enforcement because our numbers are not as strong," said Ellyson.
Even with these arrests, Chief Ellyson knows gang violence is still a problem.
Olin Jackson agrees. He learned the hard way around 20 years ago on his way home from work.
"So they followed me from work, and there was four of em. and I was beat in the head and pistol-whipped with a gun. Made me crawl under the truck, count to 100, or I'd be killed," said Olin Jackson, a gang violence victim.
He says two of the four men were never caught, but he's happy justice is being served this time around.
"It's kinda making up for it. I heard it today on the news and I was elated," said Jackson.
Chief Ellyson says this investigation is a great step towards getting gangs out of Swainsboro and there could be more indictments to come. He also says lessons learned from a gang prevention class in March helped end this investigation. Without it, he's confident this would go on for at least two more years.
This case is not closed. They're still looking for two of the suspects Walter Figueroa and Richard Anderson.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
EMANUEL COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Seven alleged members of a Bloods-affiliated "racketeering enterprise," investigators say, have all been indicted by the Emanuel County Grand Jury.
According to GBI, Tony Lenard Williams, Travis Lee Brown, Neshawn Brown, Talik Reaun Williams, Victor Jammal Hall, Richard Curry Anderson, and Walter Lee Figueroa all stand charged in this case.
Many of the charges, in this case, include murder, aggravated assault, drugs and firearms charges, as well as violations of the Street Gang Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The five-year investigation involved multiple law enforcement agencies and centered on unlawful cocaine sales.
State investigators allege a web of murder, assault, and threats helped to prolong the enterprise, which was allegedly spearheaded by Tony Williams.
The investigation is ongoing.
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