Athens man wanted for Bethel Midtown Village shooting arrested while in possession of gun, drugs


Allen Lashane Crayton

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man who allegedly shot at an occupied car last year was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in which he was found to be in illegally in possession of a gun and cocaine, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The traffic stop was made on Danielsville Road by an officer who knew that 30-year-old Allen Lashane Crayton had outstanding warrants for the Nov. 30 shooting incident at Bethel Midtown Village.

In that incident, Crayton allegedly shot at an SUV occupied by his former girlfriend, according to Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Shaun Barnett.

The victim said that after an argument, Allen Crayton tried to open her vehicle’s locked doors and shot at the vehicle as she drove away, shattering the back window, the ACCPD public information officer said. No one in the vehicle was injured.

Barnett said officers confirmed the woman’s story by reviewing video security camera footage and they subsequently took out warrants charging Crayton with aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

After Crayton’s vehicle was stopped on Thursday, officers located a handgun and an unspecified amount of cocaine and they charged the man with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, as well as driving while license expired, according to Barnett.

When taken to the county jail and served with the warrants, Barnett said, Crayton was found in possession of fentanyl that led to an additional charge of crossing a jail guard line with drugs.

HAs of Friday afternoon, he was being detained at the jail without bail being set for several of the charges.

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