25 arrested in illegal street racing crackdown in Clayton County

- Twenty-five people were arrested in Clayton County following an illegal street racing crackdown at a business park on Tradeport Drive.

The operation, conducted by the Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, played out near Airline Museum Way.

According to a news release, authorities arrived at the location shortly after midnight. Several gathered vehicles attempted to flee, driving over curbs and through wooded areas.

Authorities made 25 physical arrests, impounded 16 vehicles, handed out five traffic-related citations and seized six weapons.

No drag racing arrests were made due to the crowd only being gathered and not actively racing, authorities said. One person observed to be performing “burnouts” in the parking lot was cited for criminal damage to property.

Authorities said crowds of people flock to this area to watch and perform illegal street racing, which has caused more than $30,000 in property damage.

They say this operation is one of many planned to curb illegal street racing in the county.

The names of those arrested and/or charged are as follows:

1. Taylor, Norman Shaw 26, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
2. Nguyen, Jason 22, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
3. McCoy, Chadwick Sr., 26, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling, Driving W/O a License
4. Perez-Benitez, Enrique 22, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
5. Safi, Heshan 20, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
6. Bowie, Nicholas 21, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
7. Renteria, Rigoberto 18, Loitering and Prowling, Obstruction
8. Tumayo-Rodriquez, Vanessa, Loitering and Prowling, Obstruction
9. Perez, Yamileth, Loitering and Prowling, Obstruction
10. Tran, Austin 18, Criminal Damage, Loitering and Prowling and Canceled Registration
11. Peele,William Ryan 21, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
12. Nguyen, Jackson 18, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
13. Nguyen, Justin 19, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
14. Do, David Cervontes 18, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
15. Larkin, Ladon Jahwill 18, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
16. Perkins-Crenshaw, Desmond 18, Fleeing
17. Riggins-Brown, Jacquez 19, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
18. Calderon, Jose Lito 26, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
19. Blasnich-Comeli, Brian 23, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
20. Henfield, Jeremy M. 23, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
21. Baker, Trivel Barrington 20, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
22. Nguyen, Christopher 19, Tint Violation
23. Rodriguez, Jorge Jr. 21, Failure to Obey and Officer
24. Cerda-Garcia, Russell 19, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
25. Perez-Benitez, Elizabeth 19, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
26. Garcia-Garcia, Roberto A. 21, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling
27. Pedraza-Hurtado, Josefina 18, Criminal Trespass and Loitering and Prowling

Investigators hope these arrests will help put a stop to the street racing.

"Hopefully, this message will be sent clearly that we're not going to tolerate it in Clayton County.  Your vehicle will be impounded and you will go to jail," said Capt. Ibbarando. "It's going to start costing you money to come out here and do illegal activities."  

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