Police put five gang members in jail

ccope@thestate.comNovember 6, 2013 

CITY OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

— UPDATED: Five known gang members were taken off the streets according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department.

Both police agencies, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and S.C. Attorney General’s Office cooperated to arrest criminal gang members indicted by the state grand jury, both departments said.

Marvin Nigel McCoy, 23, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Columbia Police Department press release.

McCoy’s arrest is the result of a joint, year-long armed robbery investigation, the release said.

McCoy is accused of being involved in an armed robbery at a bank on the 300 block of Bush River Road last summer, according to the police department’s release. Columbia Police Department officers responded to a man at the ATM who said he was robbed at gunpoint.

McCoy and codefendants Shawn Bethea, 23, and Kerry Taylor, 19, are accused of stealing several thousand dollars.

The state grand jury indicted McCoy and additional gang members including Bethea, Taylor and Jeffery Curry-Prescott, 22, the police department release said.

A fifth suspect, Cartrell Davis, 21, is charged with attempted murder while a member of a criminal street gang, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department news release.

In the release Sheriff Leon Lott stated that law enforcement will seek out, identify, find, locate, and arrest all those who plan, attempt, or carry out any illgal activity; it will not be tolerated now or ever.

“Gang members are on notice,” Interim Chief Ruben Santiago said in Columbia Police Department’s release. “We have the ability to take charges to the state or federal level.”

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