Atlanta Gang Allegedly Targets Mariah Carey, Other Celebrities In String Of Home Invasions
The group reportedly targeted prominent personalities who flaunted their wealth on social media.
What do Mariah Carey, Marlo Hampton of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Atlanta United soccer player Brad Guzan, and Atlanta Falcons football player Calvin Ridley all have in common?
They are all among the prominent celebrities and personalities who were targeted in a string of robberies allegedly carried out by an Atlanta gang, according to Billboard.
Newsweek reported the Fulton County District Attorney’s office put out a 220-count indictment on Aug. 29, 2022, revealing 26 gang members have been charged with home invasions.
Among the alleged crimes in the indictment are carjacking, kidnapping, armed robbery, shooting, and home invasions. They are being charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as "RICO."
The gang’s most recent break-ins took place at Carey's Sandy Springs home on June 27 and her Hampton's residence on July 1.
According to Newsweek, a gang by the name of “Drug Rich,” a hybrid of the Bloods and the Crips, emerged in a neighboring county in 2016. District Attorney Fani Willis said these gang members target the wealthy who flaunt their possessions on social media.
“I do have a message for the public: Where it is kind of fun to put your things on social media and show off, unfortunately these gangs are becoming more savvy, more sophisticated in the way that they target you,” Willis said, as reported by Billboard.
Some targets were less famous but Willis said those individuals also flaunted wealth on social media.
Willis said this indictment was a collaboration between different law enforcement agencies working together to crack down on gang violence. She said she will pursue tougher penalties for people who are involved in gangs.