Four alleged gang members arrested

CONYERS — K9 Dusty of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office helped track down three suspected members of the Grape Street Gang who ran from a traffic stop on Ga. Highway 138 on June 2. A fourth member was caught at the stop, and all four are facing a variety of charges.

All of the suspects were wearing red shoes and a purple bandana was found in a back pack that belonged to one of the suspects. According to reports, red shoes and purple bandanas are commonly associated with the Grape Street Gang.

The incident occurred around 12:38 a.m. on June 2. A deputy on patrol was traveling south on Highway 138 when he saw a blue Chevrolet pickup truck ahead of him improperly change lanes without a turn signal. He began following the truck and it again changed lanes without a signal. The deputy was preparing to initiate a traffic stop when the truck cut over to the far right lane in front of another vehicle, causing its driver to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the truck. The deputy realized the driver of the truck was trying to avoid him and activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.

The deputy could see there were four people in the truck. The truck approached Pine Log Road and made a sudden right turn, then veered off onto the right side into a gravel area. Before it came to a complete stop, two white males and one black male jumped from the moving truck and ran north toward Martinez Plaza.

The deputy radioed in a description of the three suspects, then as the truck stopped, saw the driver’s door open and the driver start to get out. The deputy ordered the driver back into the truck. He approached the driver and asked to see the driver’s hands. Once he felt the situation was safe, the deputy pulled the driver out and put him against the bed of the truck. When he asked who the other three suspects were, the driver said they were friends, but he didn’t know their names. The driver was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car. He was identified as Troy Alvin Athon III, 19, of Conyers.

Other units arrived, including the K9 unit with K9 Dusty, and they formed a perimeter to search for the other three suspects. Dusty picked up a good scent and followed the track behind Martinez Plaza, where all three suspects were finally found and arrested. They were identified as Robert Greg Owens Jr., 17, Dustin Scott Mooney, 18, and Eleazar James Allen Delacoudray, 19, all of Conyers.

Owens was carrying a backpack that allegedly had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. The backpack was searched. Inside deputies found a clear plastic bag with marijuana in it, a loaded hand gun, a purple bandana, a multi-colored T-shirt, an X-Box controller with batteries, and a cell phone and phone charger. All of it was turned in as evidence. When the marijuana was weighed, it came back as 1.18 ounces.

Owens was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Mooney was charged with willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and violation of probation. Athon was charged with violation of probation, and failure to signal, and Delacoudray was charged with willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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