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'Top ranking members' of Gwinnett gang arrested

Anton Swanigan

Anton Swanigan

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Antwan Swanigan

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David Satterwhite IV

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Josh Neptune

Gwinnett County police believe they have arrested four “top ranking members” of a local gang, a group known for retaliation and tied to at least two recent shootings.

Authorities first began investigating the Top Rank Goons in June, when attendees at a Dacula party reported members had opened fire on them. Over the ensuing months, incidents tied to TRG would include a case where a woman and her 6-month-old child were “harassed and intimidated” at the Mall of Georgia because her boyfriend got into a fight with a member, as well as a shooting “with a rival group” outside the Reserve at Ivy Creek Apartments in Buford.

In the latter incident, police believe 17-year-old Carrington Frye fired more than two dozen shots into the complex’s basketball court. One of the five men on the court was shot in the leg.

“This gang was known to retaliate against perceived slights and intimidate and harass those they had disagreements with,” Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Last week, the GCPD SWAT team served search warrants. They recovered several handguns — one stolen — and arrested four alleged members of TRG.

Those suspects are as follows, with charges as listed by Gwinnett County jail records:

— Anton Lashawn Swanigan, 22: two counts aggravated assault; three counts battery; aggravated stalking; two counts participating in gang activity

— Antwan Glen Swanigan, 20: two counts aggravated assault; three counts battery; two counts pointing gun at another; terroristic threats and acts; three counts participating in gang activity

— David Satterwhite IV, 20: two counts aggravated assault; three counts battery; terroristic threats and acts; three counts of participating in gang activity

— Josh Neptune, 19: two counts aggravated assault; three counts battery; simple assault; two counts theft by receiving; terroristic threats and acts; four counts participating in gang activity

Smith said the investigation into the gang is ongoing and that detectives are “still investigating several open cases against members of this gang.” The department is encouraging anyone with information or any potential victims to contact police.

Gang unit detectives can be reached at 770-513-5437 or gcpdgangunit@gwinnettcounty.com.

“It is likely that crimes involving this gang have gone unreported out of fear of reprisal,” Smith said.