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Five arrested after beating at Ashburn basketball court

Cell phone video caught the fight (Source: Facebook) Cell phone video caught the fight (Source: Facebook)
Trish Young (Source: WALB) Trish Young (Source: WALB)
D. Brown, Yancey, Pritchett, Jackson, X. Brown (Source: Turner County S.O.) D. Brown, Yancey, Pritchett, Jackson, X. Brown (Source: Turner County S.O.)
Lt. Richard Purvis (Source: WALB) Lt. Richard Purvis (Source: WALB)
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

Cell phone video captured a massive brawl at an Ashburn park. Five suspects are now in custody.

One of the victims is just 13. The group is charged with gang participation and simple assault. Police said they continue to combat gang activity in the city.

They hope this proves they're serious. They said this fight all started over a trivial matter. Luckily it didn't get much worse.

Police identified one of the victims as 13-year old Chris Carter.

Police said it started when Carter's brother, 18-year old Lorenzo Bolden, tried to get back his stolen cell phone.

"When the people were confronted, they didn't want to give the phone back and it went from there," said Lt. Richard Purvis with the Ashburn Police Department.

Decovian Brown, Telvin Yancey, Trentavious Pritchett, Furdale Jackson, and Xavier Brown were identified by witnesses and arrested early this week.

They face gang activity charges, but police said they don't believe it was any sort of gang initiation.

"This was just a random act of them seeing a chance to show their unity and beat somebody up," said Lt. Purvis.

Trish Young, a nearby mother, is fed up with the violence in the area. She said the nearby park is always crowded late at night.

"They don't listen.  They act like they don't have a curfew. They don't do anything about it," said Young.

Police investigated a shooting near the park earlier this year. They do ride-by's, but they insist there are many people that enjoy the park without breaking the law.

Young still brings her kids in early.

"They still be packed at the park so I have my kids inside the house," said Young.

The two kids beaten in this video are home recovering. Police have a serious message to other gang members.

"Here's your chance. Get out. Stop doing it. As long as they keep doing it, we're going to come after it hard." said Lt. Purvis.

Police said the fight broke up when someone said they had a gun. They said the gang charges make the case much more serious. No more arrests are expected. 

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