Community Reacts to Alleged Gang Arrest

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 26, 2006

The 16-year-old accused of being a gang member and severely beating a teenager who allegedly wouldn't join his gang remains behind bars tonight.

Knowing a child may have been beaten up by refusing to join the gang "The Blood"s make people concerned, but still they feel that their neighborhood is safe.

Yesterday we learned more than a dozen people wearing red allegedly beat up a teenager so badly he needs a metal plate put in his face. It all happened near Fourth St. SE and Garrett St. One person allegedly involved in the attack is under arrest but the others are still out there. Even so, nearby residents say they aren't too worried.

“I am concerned about the kids more than anything but its not that bad for real, like they are trying to say it is,” said one resident.

“For the small kids I think the mothers should keep them [inside] more, and keep their eyes on them because there is a lot of crime out here,” said resident Brenda Fountain.

Now police anticipate more arrests in this case and they are likely to press additional charges against the 16-year-old in custody for allegedly assaulting a second teen that same night.

That 16 year-old is set to appear in juvenile court tomorrow afternoon for a hearing.

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