LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department have made a series of arrests in connection to numerous alleged run-ins between members of the Savages and the East Side Gang, two rival gangs, including a fight, a drive-by shooting incident, and an assault.
According to the arrest affidavit for one of the suspects, the series of run-ins between the two gangs started on March 11. On that date, a Lufkin Police officer responded to a 911 call about a disturbance and gunshots fired into the air at a residence in the 500 block of Sunset Street at about 3:40 p.m.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he talked to a witness that told him that before a fight occurred at her house, several vehicles drove slowly by her house. At one point, a white truck with the side doors open drove by and someone inside pointed a gun at the woman and her three grandsons, ages 7,5, and 4, the affidavit stated.
Another of the vehicles was a small red car, and an occupant of that vehicle allegedly fired several shots into the air.
Milan Ramon White Jr., "a confirmed member of the Savage gang," was in the yard when the gun was pointed, the affidavit stated. The affidavit said that Ramon was uncooperative and refused to give the officer anything but his name and date of birth.
A second of the witnesses, Xavier Shelvin, another Savage gang member, was "a bit more cooperative" and identified one of the suspects as "J" Benton, the affidavit stated. A Lufkin ISD Police officer IDed the young man as Jadelfrick Benton.
The female witness said one of the suspects in the cars that drove by her home was Hispanic and the rest of them were black. She said one of the young men had dreadlocks. An LPD officer confirmed that suspect was Tyrique Spencer-Hartfield, according to the affidavit.
In addition, the witness said a black car, possibly an Audi drove by as well.
"The suspects ultimately stopped and had a somewhat extended fight with White and Shelvin in the street before firing shots into the air and leaving," the affidavit stated.
The woman told the LPD officer that the Hispanic suspect appeared to have a gun under his shirt.
One of the other Lufkin Police officers who responded to the scene said that White is the leader of the Savage gang and "retaliation was likely," the affidavit stated.
Later that day, the woman came to the Lufkin Police Department and gave them more information. She said a young man named Jordan Freeman was at her house and had told Benton and the others he was there.
The woman said that Freeman wasn't there when the suspects drove by and got into fight at her house and that she thought they had been looking for Freeman, according to the affidavit. She also identified another of the suspects as Keyshawn "Money" Montgomery and said the white truck was owned by the Hispanic suspect, the affidavit stated.
The next day, the Lufkin Police Department took a report from a man who lives in the 600 block of Sunset that said there was bullet hole on the driver's side of his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that wasn't there before the incident involving gunshots at the house in the 500 block of his street.
Around 10 p.m. on March 11, LPD officers were dispatched to the area near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Birch Street in reference to shots being fired. One of the officers was flagged down by four young men.
One of the men told the officer that his house and vehicle had been struck by rounds fired from a Green Chevrolet Malibu, the affidavit stated. The young man told the officer that he and his friends had been at the M&B gas station in a friend's white pickup when a black Chevrolet drove by and a woman yelled, "There they are!"
The young man said a group of men including White, Freeman, Alfred Singletary, and a man known as "Taurus" ran out of the store and up to the truck they were in and punched out the back glass with a pair of brass knuckles.
After the young men in the pickup fled the scene, they went to the witness' home in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Dr. The complainant told police that the same Cobalt and Malibu from the store drove by and someone from the Malibu fired shots in their direction, the affidavit stated. The driver of the Malibu circled back and the house was allegedly fired at again.
In addition, the victim said that someone on foot fired at the residence from across the street, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the young man told the officers he saw Freeman firing the weapon from inside the car and when a light came on, he saw that White was also in the vehicle.
When the LPD officers checked out the white Chevrolet pickup, they found one bullet hole in its bed and two in the back glass. Another bullet hole was found in the left rear quarter panel of the truck. The affidavit also stated that the house had a bullet hole in its front wall, and the bullet traveled through a bedroom.
Six days later. LPD officers responded to a 911 call about someone at the Trails Apartments complex on Crooked Creek having been assaulted and possibly shot, the affidavit stated.
When the LPD officers got to the scene, they found several people looking at blood spots near the entrance to the parking area between two of the buildings. The neighbors told the officers that they thought the victim had run inside one of the apartments and the four suspects had fled the scene in a green, four-door car.
Later, the officers made contact with Montgomery, the victim, at the apartment the neighbors had directed them to. He told them that he had been outside smoking a cigarette when a "green-colored car with rims" pulled up, and four men jumped out of the vehicle and tried to beat him up.
Montgomery told police that he tried to outrun the four men, but they caught up to him between two of the buildings in the apartment complex. He told the LPD officers that the four men beat him with a cinder block and then put what felt like a gun to the back of his head, the affidavit stated.
When one of the officers asked the victim if he knew why the men beat him up, he told them that starting about six months ago, they had a "beef" with him because he was "running with the "Eastside Boys" and the suspects were with the "Savages," the affidavit stated
On March 12, a an LPD investigator spoke to a juvenile member of the East Side Gang who admitted that he was with Callaway, Montgomery, Spencer, and Benton on the day that the assault and gunshots took place at the house in the 500 block of Sunset Street, the affidavit stated.
The juvenile allegedly told the investigator that an "SOS," or "smash on sight," had been issued on Freeman because he had once been an East Side member before he switched over to the Savages.
When the investigator spoke to Montgomery about the assault, the young man admitted to being present during the fight at the house on Sunset Street and confirmed that the "SOS" had been issued against Freeman.
As a result of the investigation, the Lufkin Police Department sought and obtained arrest warrants for Freeman and White for the shooting in the 200 block of Martin Luther King Drive. In addition, the LPD got arrest warrants for White, Singletary, Shelvin, and Nicholson for the charge of aggravated assault.
The affidavit stated that engaging in organized criminal activity warrants were obtained for Benton, Montgomery, Spencer, Callaway, and the juvenile suspect.
White, 18, was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanors - deadly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. Collectively, his bail has been set at $102,000.
Shelvin, 19, and Nicholson, 18, are also being held in the Angelina County Jail on second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Each man's bail was set at $100,000.
Keyshun Carnell Montgomery, 17, and Tyrique Spencer Hartsfield are being held in the jail on state-jail felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges. Each man's bail has been set at $100,000.
The other three adult suspects have not been arrested yet, according to the Angelina County Jail's Website.