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Police disrupt drive-by shooting plot

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two, of three suspects, are out of the Henry County Jail on bond, following their arrest in connection with a "potential" drive-by shooting in Stockbridge.

Akeem Kishion Ellis, 19, of Stockbridge, is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon and theft by receiving a firearm. Henry County Police said Ellis is a suspected member of a local street gang.

Another suspect in the case, Victor Demetrice Baymon, also 19, and also of Stockbridge, is charged with disorderly conduct, and an improper tag display. Kevin Demarco Grier, 19, of Ellenwood, is charged with giving false information to police.

Henry Police began investigating the case May 13, according to Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said his agency's Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (CAGE) was contacted by the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

"[The Sheriff's Office] had received information about a potential drive-by shooting at the Ashley Woods apartment complex, as the result of a fight that had occurred [May 11]," Bolton said. "The anonymous threat was that Akeem Ellis, and other suspects, would be in a red vehicle to do the shooting."

A representative of the Sheriff's Office, who did not wish to be identified, provided further details on the case. The officer, on May 11, reportedly spoke to a resident at the complex, who indicated suspicious activity in the area.

"The resident was concerned about gunfire that had taken place at the complex that night," the officer said. "I talked to anonymous sources who provided me with information on the male subjects who fired the shots."

The officer said a witness provided information to authorities, regarding a planned drive-by shooting at the complex.

Bolton said that CAGE agents were familiar with some of the individuals who were reportedly involved, and went to Ellis' residence.

"Although he wasn't home, they did observe articles at the house that indicated that Ellis was possibly a member of a local street gang," the captain continued. "CAGE agents went to the home of an associate of Ellis'-- Victor Baymon. Agents observed Ellis put a bag in the back of Baymon's car, a red Monte Carlo."

Bolton said Ellis, Baymon and Grier left the apartment complex in the Monte Carlo, and agents conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

"A search of the vehicle revealed the bag that Ellis had put in the vehicle contained a stolen Smith and Wesson .41 Magnum," added the captain. "The gun had been stolen in a burglary in unincorporated Hampton in 2007."

No drive-by shootings took place in the case, Bolton said.

The suspects were arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail. They each appeared May 14, in Henry County Magistrate Court, and waived their first-appearance hearings in the case.

Ellis was represented by the Public Defender's Office, and Grier, by the law firm, Lister & Holt. Baymon was not represented by an attorney.

Judge Robert Godwin bound Ellis' charges over to Superior Court. Ellis was being held in the jail Thursday, on $5,000 bond.

Baymon was released from the jail May 14, on $650 bond, and Grier was released Monday on $550 bond.

Charges for Baymon and Grier were bound over to State Court.