Twelve suspected gang members are now in custody in Rock Hill as local, state and federal law enforcement wrap up a four-months long investigation this week.
Led by the Rock Hill Police Violent Crime Unit, police fine-tuned their focus on two local gangs notorious for a series of violent crimes across city limits.
All twelve of the suspects range in age from 16 to 23 and are believed to be part of the 701 Fam and 901 KOB gangs.
“It’s been documented that they are members of a violent organized gang that has jeopardized the safety of Rock Hill’s citizens,” said Rock Hill Police Chief Chris Watts. “Our agency will not tolerate this type of activity and will continue to bring individuals to justice who commit these criminal acts. ”
Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger said a total of 11 cases dating back to October, 2013, have been cleared following this week’s arrests, dating back to the October 26 armed robbery of 11 students at Winthrop University outside their Ebenezer Avenue home.
Since the, investigators say the gang members led several drive-by shootings, solicited a minor for sex and stole high-value electronics from a store and school.
“Some of these people go to church, some have family who are good solid citizens in this community,” Bollinger said. “I don’t know what the attraction is to join these gangs. There’s something attracting them and I can’t explain it.”
Among those arrested: