By Patrick Yost Editor
A 17–year–old man who was the victim of an alleged gang beating last week was arrested and charged with cocaine possession and obstruction Saturday, May 10. Laronte Jackson, Madison, was arrested and charged after police were called to a Bramblewood drive residence with a complaint that Jackson refused to leave the residence and was “tearing up the place.” Reports state that an officer attempted to handcuff Jackson at the residence but he allegedly pushed the officer and fled into a wooded area near Overlook Drive. The officer said he attempted to apply a taser to Jackson but the prongs failed to connect. More officers, including deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at the scene and established a perimeter.
Approximately one hour later Jackson was captured and subdued, using pepper spray, at the intersection of East Washington Street and Green Meadows Drive. On April 28 Jackson was attacked by several men identifying themselves as “Gangster Disciples” while he was walking on Vine Street. That attack, authorities contend, was an impetus for later violence in the neighborhood. According to reports, officers located a glass container with 22 individual pieces of cocaine in a room at the residence that belonged to Jackson. Officers were also told that Jackson threatened to kill a man at the residence Jackson faces five counts of obstruction against law enforcement officers, a charge of terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal trespass, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park of school. Reports state that the residence suffered serious damage from Jackson and the residents requested a court order to keep him from returning.