Felony charges filed after a suspected gang-related incident at a facility contracted through the Department of Juvenile Justice.
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A group of teenagers has been arrested on felony charges after a suspected gang-related incident at a facility contracted through the Department of Juvenile Justice.
At approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 286 Gene Hurley Road in reference to a possible riot. After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing staff members who were on scene, the deputies determined that seven individuals attacked rival gang members in the facility’s hallway.
PHOTOS of the accused teens.
According to a press release from the WCSO, during the investigation it was discovered that, against staff’s direct order, Antwon McRae, 16, incited others to exit a classroom at the facility and attack the students as they walked down the hallway. An altercation ensued until employees were able to secure all parties inside their cells.
Montrell Lawson, 14, Willie Keaton, 18, Melvin Jackson, Jr., 16, Traquaviois Dennison, 17, Demetrius Ceasar, 17, and Keith McDonald, 15, along with McRae are charged with inciting a riot at a state correctional institution, a second degree felony.
Keaton is being housed at Walton County Jail. The other six were taken to the Crestview
Department Juvenile Justice facility. All were arrested without incident.