Waynesboro police arrest teens on gang-related charges

Waynesboro, Ga., police have arrested five teens and seek eight others on charges related to gang activity, according to a news release.

Waynesboro Police Chief Alfonzo Williams said the arrests resulted from a continuing conflict between two groups – the Orchard Boys and the Jersey Boys – that culminated with gunfire late Tuesday night.

Nakie Hankerson, 17;
Anthony L. Dixon, 18; Sha­quan A. Hines, 19; Kahlil T. Kedar, 18; and Alshumar Hankerson, 19, face charges, including terroristic threats and acts, battery, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, and aggravated assault, the report states.

Fights between the groups Monday evening resulted in at least one person being sent to an Augusta hospital for treatment.

The next night, a group of 15-20 members of the Orchard Boys went to a woman’s home at Windy Hill Apartments seeking rival gang member Alshumar Hankerson, the report said. After the woman refused to allow them in, the gang members fired shots into the home, the report said.

Williams said he will work with District Attorney Ashley Wright and Burke County Sheriff Gregory T. Coursey to address the gang problem.

“We will not tolerate this kind of activity in Waynesboro,” he said. “We are doing everything possible to thwart gang activity and violence.”

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