Five young men were arrested and charged under the Georgia Street Gang act after reportedly attempting to start a fight, according to the Conyers Police Department.
CPD spokesperson Maj. Scott Freeman said the department received a call on Monday around 5 p.m. that several people, including one that reportedly had a gun, were trying to start a fight in the Pinedale subdivision. When police officers arrived on the scene, the five suspects had left the area in a gray Oldsmobile Alero, according to witnesses.
Officers reportedly knew the residence of one of the suspects and went back to the suspect's neighborhood.
A gray Oldsmobile Alero with five people inside did come through the area and officers pulled it over in a traffic stop at the end of South Pine Street.
All five were taken into custody, and one of the suspects reportedly kicked an officer as they were taken into custody.
No gun was found in the car or with the suspects.
"The gang charges stem from the fact that the suspects were wearing gang colors," said Freeman in a written statement. "In this case, we were able to use the information that the suspects provided, as well as the colors typically worn by gang members, to make the appropriate gang related charges. Anytime we have any incident where the suspects are possibly members of a gang, and we can make a good, quality charge, we pursue the charge."
Three of the suspects were adults. Nathan Gentris, 21, was charged with simple assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act. Dominque Epps, 18, was charged with disorderly conduct, and Leon Lafleur, 19, simple assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act, assault on a law enforcement officer, and terroristic threats. The other two were 16-year-olds charged with simple assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act.