Thursday, January 28, 2010
Gang Sweep Begins with 3 Arrests
Press release from Lt. Scott Peebles, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office:
On Wednesday afternoon, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office charged two adults and one juvenile with Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Street Gang Activity for their involvement in a shooting incident that is believed to have sparked Tuesday mornings murder of 16 year old Brandon Taylor on Monte Carlo Drive.
The investigation has revealed that on the evening prior to the murder, the suspect of the murder, Brandon Helm and another juvenile were shot at while walking through Pepperidge Subdivision. The investigation has revealed that Helm and the juvenile he was with were recognized as gang members who were passing through an opposing gangs neighborhood. The investigation reveals that Helm and the juvenile were chased and shot at by opposing gang members and no one was hit. It has been learned that Helm believed that Taylor was one of the individuals who shot at him, and revenge for this incident was the motive for Taylor’s murder several hours later.
The three men charged with the first shooting incident have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Street Gang Activity. The juvenile cannot be identified publicly. The two adults are 18 year old Kenneth Anderson (top mugshot) of Golden Leaf Lane in Augusta, and 17 year old Treshawn Cummings (bottom mugshot) of Winchester Court in Augusta.
Throughout the course of this investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has been able to identify a large number of gang members from the area, and has now begun to target those individuals for arrest. The investigation is expected to be lengthy and complex. There is a large list of individuals who the Sheriff’s Office is now in the process of building criminal cases against and further arrests are imminent. When those arrests are made on adults, their names and photographs will be forwarded to all media outlets.