Tuesday, March 2, 2010
RCSO: Gang Members Laugh After Vicious Attack
A 16-year-old Augusta boy was violently attacked Monday for no reason, and two teenage gang members were amused when confronted by sheriff's investigators, authorities said.
Two juveniles have been charged in the vicious assault on Circular Drive in Augusta. Berten Blockett, 16, (bottom) of Pineview Drive in Augusta, and Mark Daniel Richard Musick, 14, (top) of Fleming Drive in Augusta, have been charged with one count each of aggravated battery and unlawful criminal street gang activity.
According to Lt. Scott Peebles, the victim was walking his girlfriend home from school Monday afternoon when he was approached by a group of about five young males on Circular Drive. Upon seeing the subjects, the juvenile phoned his mother and told her that he was afraid that he was about to get “jumped”.
While on the phone with his mother, the boy was attacked by the group without any provocation. After the attack, the juvenile was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment, but had to be transferred to the Medical College of Georgie to consult with surgeons to repair multiple facial fractures.
This morning, investigators arrested the two juvenile suspects at Butler High School, where they are students. The victim is also a student of Butler High School.
The juveniles claim to be members of the “Apple Valley Posse,” and the assault was gang-related, though the victim is not a gang member or affiliate, Lt. Peebles said. The group was walking through the Circular Drive area looking for a lone victim to attack, or in their words "locking down the block," according to Lt. Peebles.
"Blockett and Musick were completely unrepentant, and expressed their amusement with the incident," Lt. Peebles said.
Both teens were committed to RYDC. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are imminent.
Anyone with information concerning the remaining attackers is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1080.