The United States Department of Justice announces the arrest of gang members wanted for a violent crime spree in Central Alabama.
U.S. Attorney George Beck says a federal grand jury indicted Reco Daniels, Courtney Wilson, Willie Tallie, Anthony Tallie and Damien Pierce on carjacking, robbery and firearms charges.
Daniels, Wilson and Tallie are charged with an attempted carjacking in Prattville and the robbery of the Kwik Shop on Eastern Boulevard. Daniels, Wilson and Pierce are charged with a carjacking in Pike Road.
Wilson was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
This is the first time local authorities have ACKNOWLEDGED is a gang problem in the river region.
George Beck, U.S. District Attorney, says, “When see evidence of recruiting, when we see evidence of literature, when we see evidence of insignia, when we see continued rise in violence in the community by same or similar type of individuals most of which are connected then we know we have to recognize we have gang activity.
D.T.Marshall, Sheriff, Montgomery County, says, “Ever since ICE, Isolate the Criminal Element, was brought to Montgomery, these guys don’t like it when your tell them you’re fixin’ to charge them federally with having a gun and being an ex-felon or committing a crime they don’t’ like it because they know they’re in a pile of hurt if we just charge them with the state code if they got any time if they didn’t get some little do good program they there not going to do probably a few months in the state penitentiary.”
All five defendants are in custody. A trial date is set for February 6, 2012.