Ross Nipple, 15, of Richards Road, joins four other teens that face charges of aggravated battery and unlawful street gang activity, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Blaise Dresser.
Unlike the others, Nipple is not a member of the "Apple Valley Posse," Dresser said. In interviews with investigators, Nipple admitted to formerly identifying with the local gang and subset of the infamous Bloods gang, Georgia Deadly Boys, or GDB.
Police believe they were prowling the area around Circular Drive on March 1, looking for someone to attack, when they came upon the Reese as he was walking his girlfriend home from school.
Reese, an honor roll student with a steady job at a local café, called his mother on his cell phone and said he feared he was about to get "jumped" by the other boys.
While he was still on the phone, the assailants attacked. The victim was treated for the multiple broken bones in his face, police said. Over the last week and a half, police have made regular arrests of teens connected to the incident.
So far, Joshua Plowright, 14, Berten Blockett, 16, Mark Daniel Richard Musick, 14, and Brandon Mansson, 14, have all been charged in the fight. Three of the suspects, and Reese, are students at Butler High School. Plowright attends Sego Middle.