Operation Washout Classic City Results in Arrests of Most Wanted Individuals in Athens-Clarke County Region

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

ATHENS, Ga. –An eight-day multi-agency operation to curb violent crime in the Athens-Clarke County and surrounding communities resulted in wanted repeat violent offenders and documented gang members taken into custody on various state charges. These cases are currently under federal investigation and no federal charges have been filed at this time.

“Operation Washout Classic City” took place between May 18 – 25, amassing federal, state and local law enforcement resources to arrest the most wanted individuals in the area, including repeat violent offenders and gang members, who had eluded police. The operation was led by the U.S. Marshals Service-Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (USMS SERFTF), and included FBI, ATF, DEA, GBI, Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), Georgia State Patrol (GPS), Organized Crime and Gang Unit-Atlanta (OCAG), Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Western Circuit District Attorney’s Office with support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

Arrest and search warrants executed during this time period resulted in 49 arrests; 13 are documented gang members of Ghostface Gangsters, Gangster Disciples, Bloods and 1831 Piru. The individuals taken into custody as part of the operation are facing various state charges including probation violations for violent crimes, aggravated assault, rape and robbery. During the operation, law enforcement seized five firearms and a quantity of illegal drugs.

“Reducing violent crime in the Athens-Clarke County region and in every community across the Middle District of Georgia is the highest priority,” said U.S. Attorney Peter Leary. “Partnering directly with community stakeholders and law enforcement through Project Safe Neighborhoods, the U.S. Attorney’s Office aims to direct our resources toward addressing the most significant drivers of violent crime in each community and taking action.”

“Operation Washout Classic City is a great example of federal, state and local law enforcement partners working together to make a significant impact on reducing violent crime in our communities,” said USMS-SERFTF Deputy Commander John Edgar.

“The success of Operation Washout Classic City and initiatives like Project Safe Neighborhoods speak directly to what can be accomplished through collaboration and shared goals. The goal of directing resources to the most violent offenders in our community as a means to reducing violent crime is a strategy we can all unify behind,” stated District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez. “We are grateful for the strong work of our partners in the pursuit of creating a safer Athens-Clarke County.”

“The Athens-Clarke County community will not tolerate violent crime and criminal street gangs. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department is committed to protecting the citizens of Athens-Clarke County and Operation Washout Classic City is an example of what we can achieve when federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies work collaboratively, with a unified goal of removing violent, repeat offenders from our community,” said ACCPD Interim Chief of Police Jerry Saulters. “ACCPD appreciates the hard work of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners and the support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.”

“Crime in our area is a regional problem. Through efforts like this one, we want to ensure those that engage in the criminal lifestyle do not find a comfortable place to stay in Oglethorpe County,” said Oglethorpe County Sheriff David Gabrielle.

The following individuals were taken into custody on state charges as part of Operation Washout Classic City; those who are documented street gang members are noted below:

Demetrius Bankston, 39, Cocaine

David Bingham, 39, Probation Violation, Ghostface Gangsters affiliation

Bradley Blakely, 34, Probation Violation, Ghostface Gangsters affiliation       

Larry Bolton, 20, Robbery, 1831 Piru affiliation

Eric Brunson, 45, Illegal Drugs         

Melvin Bryant, 56, Probation Violation        

Delvin Buckles, 35, Aggravated Assault, Gangster Disciples affiliation           

Jarvis Clark, 22, Probation Violation/Bond Violation, Crips affiliation

Denzell Davis, 29, Aggravated Assault, Sex, Money, Murder affiliation (sub-set of Bloods)

Reginald Dillard, 61, Probation Violation    

Trellis Drake, 36, Probation Violation, Gangster Disciples affiliation

Domeeka Dunn, 33, Obstruction                   

Reco Echols, 45, Probation Violation, Gangster Disciples affiliation

Rodney Edwards, 34, Bond Violation, Gangster Disciples affiliation

Dominque Faust, 33, Probation Violation

Alden Fleming, 31, Failure to Appear

Jeffery Foote, 58, Burglary                

Brandy Franklin, 27, Cocaine           

Jason Jackson, 36, Rape        

Andrew Jackson, 41, Probation Violation, Bloods affiliation

David Jones, 39, Probation Violation

Joshua Kell, 30, Probation Violation, Ghostface Gangsters affiliation

Carey Kimbro, 52, Probation Violation

Roy Dale Kirk , 56, Illegal Drugs                  

Michael Kiser, 35, Probation Violation, Gangster Disciples affiliation

Quincy Lassiter, 20, Probation Violation

Darious Latimore, 24, Probation Violation

Andrew Lattimore, 59, Probation Violation

Terrance McGuire, 31, Parole Violation

Gregory McIntosh, 65, Aggravated Assault

Joshua Pappe, 29, Probation Violation

Jamie Parker, 37, Probation Violation

Keyron Pass, 29, Aggravated Assault                       

Bryan Prather, 44, Stalking               

Yobani Rico, 31, Methamphetamine            

Justin Rogers, 30, Methamphetamine, Ghostface Gangsters affiliation

Shanika Rucker, 31, Aggravated Assault

Johnnty Saylors, 46, Parole Violation

Antoine Stewart, 30, Aggravated Assault                             

Amber Tatum, 34, Probation Violation         

Jerilyn Titus, 44, Methamphetamine            

Steven Walls, 40, Illegal Drugs                     

Derrion Watson, 20, Probation Violation

Rufus Whitfield, 59, Failure to Appear

Steven Williams, 33, Aggravated Assault     

Reavco Woodall, 37, Violation Probation    

Jose Yanez, 22, Sodomy

In addition, two juveniles were taken into custody for armed robbery charges.                      

Operation Washout Classic City was conducted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

In addition, Operation Washout Classic City is a response to The Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Violent Crime Reduction Strategy announced on May 26, 2021. The comprehensive strategy supports local communities in preventing, investigating and prosecuting gun violence and other violent crime—and requires U.S. Attorneys’ offices to work with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement, as well as the communities they serve, to address the most significant drivers of violence in their districts.

Criminal charges are merely allegations and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.