Monday, July 9, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities on Friday caught up with a reported gang member wanted for stabbing a man in the head at a barbecue in June near Lawrenceville.
Lawrenceville resident David Lee Ray is charged in a fight that escalated to a stabbing on Yorkshire Lane on June 15. The victim, a 24-year-old Lawrenceville man, survived.
Lt. Sean Smith, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said the department's fugitive unit tracked Ray to a Cainbridge Drive home in Lawrenceville and conducted surveillance. On Friday, Ray drove away from the home and shed investigators who were following him by turning in and out of several gas stations, Smith said.
Investigators spotted the vehicle again at a car wash in Lawrenceville, then notified Gwinnett police, who pulled Ray over before he could gain access to Interstate 85, Smith said.
Accounts of what happened at the barbecue varied widely.
Police interviewed several people at Gwinnett Medical Center, where the victim was treated. The most cooperative witness told police the fight broke out when the victim disrespected Ray's native California. The witness advised police that Ray is a member of the Bloods street gang and had a cache of guns at home, according to a police report.
Ray is charged with felony aggravated assault. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
A Los Angeles native, Ray also had outstanding warrants in California, Smith said.