Alas, those three men and at least three other people did, in fact, comprise a criminal street gang. They call themselves the Jack Boys.
According to a massive indictment brought by District Attorney Paul Howard today, six young people — Tamario Wise, 18, Raphael Cross, 22, Whitney McCoy, 18, Octavious Porter, 20, Robert Veal, 17, and Fernandez Whatley, 20 — are being accused with committing an outrageous 90 crimes in 14 separate incidents during a 40-day period. Wise, who police says was the gang's "ringleader," was the only suspect whose name had been released prior to today.
Police say the Jack Boys — which, it seems worth mentioning, is also the name of a song by Gucci Mane featuring fellow Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame — began their crime spree on Oct. 19 with an armed robbery and car jacking. The spree didn't conclude until Nov. 27, when Wise was picked up following a kidnapping and armed robbery in Benteen Park.
Here's a timeline of the crimes of which they're accused:
Oct. 19: Armed robbery and car jacking on Rambling Drive (not sure where this is)
Oct. 21: Armed robbery and car jacking on Reynolds Drive near Lakewood Amphitheater
Oct. 22: Armed robbery at Bond Drive at Amal Drive, also near Lakewood Amphitheater
Nov. 8: Armed robbery of a taxi driver on Pickfair Avenue, also near Lakewood Amphitheater
Nov. 11: Armed robbery and car jacking on Pollard Boulevard, just south of Turner Field
Nov. 19: Armed robbery and car jacking (the now-infamous 2005 Toyota Highlander) on Greenview Avenue in Buckhead
Nov. 20: Armed robbery and car jacking on Ferncliff Road, also in Buckhead
Nov. 21: Armed robbery on Park Avenue in the Polar Rock neighborhood
Nov. 22: Armed robbery and murder of Charles Boyer on Virginia Avenue in Virginia-Highland
Nov. 23: Rape on Boulevard in Grant Park
Nov. 23: Armed robbery on Berne Street between Grant Park and Ormewood Park
Nov. 23: Armed robbery on Underwood Avenue in Ormewood Park
Nov. 23: Armed robbery and aggravated assault on Horne Avenue (not sure where this is)
Nov. 27: Kidnapping and armed robbery on Benteen Park Drive in Benteen Park
Wise, Veal and Cross are the three being charged with Boyer's murder and the rape in Grant Park.
At a press conference earlier today, Maj. Keith Meadows said a major break for police was when they began noticing similarities — like modus operandi (particularly in home invasions) and similar physical descriptions of the suspects — in crimes being committed throughout the city.
District Attorney Howard said that if the gang members are convicted, he doesn't expect that they'll ever reenter society.
Continue reading for a breakdown of the Jack Boys' indictment:
Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity — 13 counts
Murder — 1 count
Felony Murder — 2 counts
Rape — 1 count
Aggravated Sodomy — 1 count
Armed Robbery — 17 counts
Aggravated Assault — 15 counts
Kidnapping with Bodily Injury — 1 count
Kidnapping — 1 count
False Imprisonment — 3 counts
Cruelty to Children — 1 count
Hijacking a motor vehicle — 6 counts
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon — 14 counts
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony — 14 counts
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