Police: 13th alleged Rock Hill gang member arrested during traffic stop

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJanuary 27, 2014 

— The final suspect wanted in a widespread round-up of alleged Rock Hill gang members was arrested over the weekend after police found him during a traffic stop, authorities say.

Marquiese Wright, 17, of Fort Mill is held at the York County Detention Center on a $300,000 bond. Police have identified him as a member of 901 KOB, a gang authorities last week said formed within the past two months and feuded with members of 715 FAM, a group of young people who claim they are a rap group.

Last Thursday, more than 80 police officers arrested a dozen alleged gang members — the conclusion of months of investigation and probing into the city's burgeoning gang culture. Authorities had been focusing on 715 FAM, whose members post music videos and lyrics to Facebook, YouTube and other music-sharing sites, after noticing their violent acts began to escalate in severity.

The round-up came two weeks after Maurice Burris, 16, Dontavion White, 17 and Abdul Emmanuel, 19, had been charged in the shooting death of Michael Giddens, 25, on Cedar Grove Lane. All three suspects boasted of their affiliations with 715 FAM.

Last summer, both Burris and White had been identified as 715 FAM members after police say they assaulted and robbed a teen at Walmart.

Members of 715 FAM have claimed that they are not a gang, but a group of aspiring rap artists writing music that reflects their lives and combative relationships with law enforcement. Antonio Wylie, the group's leader, has told The Herald that the group really consists of four artists and a manager.

The younger people who are part of their videos and have been charged with violent crimes are fans, he said.

Police have charged Wylie, 20, with burglary and criminal conspiracy after they say he broke into a South Pointe High classroom and stole a student's iPad. He is also charged with violating the state's gang laws, accused of recruiting others to join 715 FAM's ranks.

Police say the feud between 715 FAM and 901 KOB, which stands for "Kash Over Broads," manifested into several seemingly random drive-by shootings that jeopardized lives of people not involved in the disputes. Investigators say they are unsure why the gangs have waged war with each other, noting that they have not uncovered evidence of a turf battle or school rivalries.

Authorities say 715 FAM is affiliated with Folk Nation, and 901 KOB is affiliated with the Bloods.

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