COLUMBIA, SC — Richland County deputies and Columbia police officers have charged five inmates at the county’s jail that they say are gang members with assaulting another inmate, according to the two departments.
Officers also arrested three others in a separate incident who were also identified as gang members or affiliates, Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release Saturday.
The inmates charged were Lorenzo Young, 19; William Wallace, 29; Paul Burton, 19; Shamari Jones, 20; and Devon Roney, 19. Each faces charges of assault and battery by mob and use of threats or violence by a gang member.
The five were charged Thursday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. They are accused of assaulting a 32 year-old fellow inmate whom Lott said had renounced his membership with the gang. Lott said the assault was captured on video surveillance equipment. He said the victim suffered injuries to his upper body but declined medical attention.
Also arrested Thursday at 3505 Anwood Drive, off Leesburg Road, was Devanta Hampton, 17, who was charged with assault by mob, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, pointing and presenting a firearm, unlawful carrying of a handgun, kidnapping, burglary, larceny, and simple possession of marijuana.
A 15-year-old juvenile and Edward Kirk Jr., 18, also were arrested in the incident and each charged with assault and battery by mob.
The sheriff said that a victim on Anwood Drive was assaulted by Hampton and three additional suspects. He suffered injuries to his upper body and was transported to Palmetto Health Richland hospital. Lott said the incident might have stemmed from an earlier nearby incident involving the victim. Lott said additional arrests could be made.
Hampton and Kirk were taken to the jail. The juvenile was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Gang Task Force and the City of Columbia Police Department Gang Unit announced June 6 they were joining forces to better identify and address gang issues.
“These are the results you can expect when agencies partner and become mission focused without worrying who gets the credit,” Holbrook said in Saturday’s release.