By Joe Johnson
Two purported Crips gang members were indicted this week for the alleged carjacking of a rival gang member’s car earlier this year.
Shakevean Kerin Muckle, 20, of West Paces Drive and Harmony Demeria Huff, 17, of Covington were each charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, armed robbery, and violating the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, according to the indi8ctment filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.
Muckle, who was additionally charged in the indictment with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, had been on probation for a previous gang-related armed robbery.
According to Athens-Clarke County police, the carjacking occurred on May 10 when a 19-year-old Burgundy Court resident who police have since identified as a Bloods gang member reported that he drove to a wooded area around East Paces Drive to pick up a female named Harmony and when he arrived she was with her “cousin,” later identified as Muckle, who got into the back seat of the victim’s 1998 Honda Accord.
The victim said he thought he was driving the pair to Nellie B Avenue, police said, but Muckle asked him to stop at the Dollar General on Cedar Shoals Drive, where Muckle climbed into the front seat and put a gun against the victim’s chest, ordered him out of the car and then stole his cellphone and drove away with Huff in the Honda.
The victim has been identified by police as belonging to the EBE (Everybody Eats) gang, a subset of the Bloods national street gang organization that is a rival of the Crips.
Police said that on May 31 the same EBE member was the victim of another gang-related crime, a group beat down by members of the Red Tape Gang, also a Bloods subset that has been feuding with EBE, at an unauthorized pool party at a South Milledge Avenue student housing complex.
Muckle and two other members of the Crips were arrested in November 2018, for an armed robbery in which they reportedly stole a cellphone and a pair of pink Air Jordon 60 athletic shoes from an 18-year-old victim at Oak Hill Apartments. One of the suspects shot at the victim.
Court records show that in January 2020 Muckle entered a negotiated plea of guilty to robbery by force and violating the anti-gang statute and received an agreed upon sentence of four years in the county jail and 11 years on probation.
Although records do not indicate it, Muckle apparently was granted an early release from jail because he was arrested for the carjacking nine months before his time in confinement originally was to have ended.
He and Huff are scheduled to be arraigned for the carjacking indictment on Oct. 25.