Seven Arrested in Gang Related Riot

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - A group of teenagers have been arrested, after a suspected gang related riot broke out at a Walton County Department of Juvenile Justice Facility.

On Wednesday afternoon, members of opposing gangs began a fight, here at the Department of Juvenile Justice in DeFuniak Springs, causing a riot. Guards and deputies were immediately called in, to disrupt the fight in progress.

"The seven individuals that were arrested, were in a classroom and one of them was kind of acting as a look out, waiting for the guys to walk by and they all jumped on them," said Corey Dobridnia, WCSO Public Affairs Coordinator.

16-year-old, Antwon McRae, incited others to exit a classroom and attack a group of students walking down the hallway. Walton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible riot, involving students at the detention facility.

"There's two different gangs that were kind of jarring back and forth and throwing up gang sings, etc. And, I think that set off these seven people and that is what led to this brawl," explained Dobridnia.
   
These seven teenagers, ages 14 to 18, were all charged with inciting a riot at a State Correctional Institution, which is a second degree felony.

"From what we understand, it was a pretty large fight and by the time our deputies got there, they had pretty much separated everybody," said Dobridnia.

WCSO officials told us, the two different groups were suspected to be apart of gangs called, the Folk Nation and the Bloods.

"You've just got some bad blood there, no pun intended. But, these kids are from all over the state. You could have some from Jacksonville, you could have some from Miami, Tampa, so, these aren't local kids. They are kids that are court ordered to go to this facility from all across the state," said Dobridnia.

No serious injuries were reported from the riot.
   
All seven individuals were arrested and booked at the Walton County Jail without incident. Keaton is being housed at the Walton County Jail, while the other six were taken to the Crestview Department of Juvenile Justice Facility.


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