ATLANTA — A member of the notorious Gangster Disciples who was a hitman for the gang and who was busted by Clayton County Sheriff’s deputies in a Jan. 9 raid on Old Dixie Highway has been convicted on federal charges of racketeering conspiracy including murder.
Antarious “Phat“ Caldwell, 25, was arrested at the South Side Inn after the FBI mounted a billboard campaign and offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. He had eluded police since October, “including allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase with an infant in his car before once again escaping,“ said Attorney General for the Northern District of Georgia Byung J. “BJay“ Pak.
An anonymous tipster reported having seen Caldwell’s “No Mercy“ neck tattoo. Caldwell was surrounded by deputies from the Fugitive Squad and Tactical Patrol units and arrested without incident, ending his three months on the run.
On Oct. 24, a federal grand jury charged Caldwell with one count of RICO conspiracy, one count of Hobbs Act robbery, and one corresponding count of knowingly using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The superseding indictment alleged that Caldwell had:
♦ Joined another GD member in shooting a victim, E.W., going into his home and stealing marijuana June 27, 2015;
♦ With Donald Glass and other “Hate Committee“ members, planned to rob a drug dealer at a Stone Mountain hotel, waited for police activity to subside, then came back to the hotel and shot two men, killing Edward Chadmon on July 3, 2015;
♦ Traveled to North Carolina with fellow gang member R.G. (“Dric“) while in possession of Ruger 9mm, Smith and Wesson .38 and Rossi .357 handguns Aug. 8, 2015;
♦ According to an informant, was in East Albemarle, North Carolina along with three other people, to sell guns. A patrol officer spotted a Pontiac with a Georgia tag in a shopping center parking lot. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Police and sheriff’s deputies stopped the car, found the tag was registered to a Volkswagen, recovered the guns also mentioned in the Aug. 8, 2015 incident, and cited the driver, Brittany Peoples, for not wearing a seatbelt, failing to make a left turn from a designated lane and being an unlicensed driver.
Pak, a proponent of Project Safe Neighborhoods, is using RICO laws to prosecute gang members. The tactic results in longer federal sentences that cannot be reduced and helps law enforcement bridge jurisdictions as gangs commit crimes in different areas.
The Gangster Disciples is a highly-structured national gang dating back to the 1970s in Chicago. Caldwell’s role was as a member of the “Hate Committee,“ which serves as the organization’s enforcement arm.
Along with Caldwell, five others were convicted for their roles in the gang.
♦ Former DeKalb County Police officer Vancito Gumbs, 27, served as an inside man, tipping off members about police surveillance and providing guns to gang members. Gumbs was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder.
♦ Alonzo Walton, 51, of Atlanta was “Governor“ of Georgia. Walton was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, carjacking and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
♦ Kevin Clayton, 47, of Stone Mountain was “Chief Enforcer,“ in charge of discipline statewide. Clayton was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder.
♦ Donald Glass, 31, of Decatur was in charge of the “Hate Committee,“ the hit squad that robbed and killed its targets. Glass was convicted of racketeering conspiracy involving murder, discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and causing death through the use of a firearm.
Fifteen other defendants await trial and 18 more have pleaded guilty.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Atlanta Police Department, DeKalb Police Department and DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office investigated the case.