Criminal Investigators made multiple arrests in recent gang related activity, which included the offenses of Terroristic Threats and Acts, Battery, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage to Property 2nd Degree and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon that occurred in and around the city.
The initial incident happened on Monday just after 9pm. Waynesboro Police officers were called to the Magnolia Acres Housing Area in reference to a fight in progress. The investigation revealed a fight had taken place between Tacorey Lakes and Alshumar Hankerson. A second fight ensued a short time later at the 6th Street Park between the two gangs, which resulted in at least one gang member sustaining a non-life threatening head injury and damage to private property as the men fled the scene. A short time later, police were dispatched to the Windy Hill Apartments in regards to an injured person. The initial investigation revealed Alshumar Hankerson in a semi-conscious state, lying on the ground and reporting he was engaged in a wrestling match with a friend when he accidentally bumped his head on the curbing. Alshumar Hankerson was taken by ambulance to GHSU and was released the following day. Based on interviews of gang members from both sides, it is apparent Alshumar Hankerson's injuries are a result of the earlier 6th Street fight between the rivals.
On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 just after midnight—and on the heels of the aforementioned activity, the men went to Windy Hill Apartments wearing masks and armed with long guns and handguns in search of the other men, namely Alshumar Hankerson. A repo wrecker driver, who was working in the area, noticed the gang and called the police. The gang drove several vehicles (4 door Green Buick, 4 door Red Chevrolet Impala, 4 door Pearl white Cadillac), all containing gang members. The red Chevrolet Impala, containing the men, was stopped by officers and identified during a field interview by the patrol division. The subjects were released pending additional investigation by the criminal investigations division. The gang members later went to a house in the Pecan Grove Housing community—to the home of Crystal Harden. Harden reported to the police that she received a thunderous knock at her door and when she answered, she found 15 to 20 black males at her door, claiming to be gang members and asking for Alshumar Hankerson. Harden said several of the gang members threatened to shoot her after she asked them to leave. Harden said she ran into the house with her four year old child and sought cover as the gang fired multiple shots. No one was injured during the incident. The conflict appears to be gang related and both parties involved are rival gang members. The incident was traced back to a January 2012 incident involving a physical altercation between the two gangs.
The following gang members have been booked into the Burke County jail for violation of OCGA 16-15-4(a) Participation in criminal street gang activity prohibited: *Indicates Person not arrested as of 1/17/2013 and warrants are pending—all others have been arrested.
Nakie A. Hankerson
Anthony L. Dixon
Royrecacia A. Walker*
Tavares D. Washington*
10. Alvin Jenkins*
11. Rontavius Cooper*
12. Shaurd Miller*
13. Mack Cooper*
Additional arrests may be made as investigators proceed to follow-up on these cases. Investigators are still looking to speak to anyone who may have any information about these incidences.
Lt. Joe Nelson, Inv. Leroy Morgan, Inv. Charles Prescott and the entire patrol division are to be commended for the work they have done in bringing these thugs to justice. If you have any information regarding this incident please call Investigators at 706-554-8029. Callers can remain anonymous.
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