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Four arrested; gang activity alleged
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Four people were arrested Wednesday and charged under the Georgia Street Gang Prevention Act after reportedly attempting to attack a 16-year-old boy and his father with brass knuckles.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were called to Green Commons Drive about threats. According to NCSO Captain Keith Crum, 22-year-old Lashanta Monique Jones, 22-year-old Jawan Demetri Chestnut, 17-year-old Dontaviurs Dashon Smith and a 15-year-old male juvenile had arrived at a home armed with brass knuckles, and attempted to fight the 16-year-old who lived at the home. His 35-year-old father intervened, and they reportedly attempted to fight him, too. When they realized deputies were on the way, the group fled. Additionally, the fighting took place in front of a 2-year-old child in the neighborhood.

While deputies were en route, they were told that a red car containing Jones, Chestnut, Smith and the juvenile had left.

Deputies later located the vehicle on Covington Bypass and developed enough information to give them probable cause to arrest all four. During a search of the vehicle, brass knuckles were found, as were red bandannas.

“There is no information to lead us to believe this was an initiation,” said Crum. “It was an altercation between the victim and the alleged gang members.”

The suspects were charged with aggravated assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, cruelty to children, (violating the) Georgia Street Gang Terror Prevention Act, and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.