Police arrest 3 of 4 alleged gang members indicted on federal charges

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Police have two alleged violent gangs members charged with federal crimes, including murder, in custody and are searching for two more who reportedly terrorized the King-Lincoln District.

Police arrested Michael Henderson on E.19th Ave. Deswan Robinson turned himself in Tuesday night. 

Eric Henderson Jr. and Thomas Seals are still on the run.

The men are four of 19 alleged Crips gang members who were indicted on Tuesday. 

It’s been a community Jacob Robinson continues to come to.  He’s got his hair cut at a barbershop in the neighborhood for years. He considers the King-Lincoln district his second home.

“It’s historic. If we look at this painting. There’s history here. Being raised in Columbus, Ohio, as an African American, this is something to be proud of for me,” said Robinson.

The crime brings him and others like Deborah Wade-Givens sadness. She’s been a part of this community for more than 40 years.

“There’s nothing out here now but thievery drugging stealing breaking and entering. Every corrupted thing you can think of goes on in this vicinity today,” said Wade-Givens.

Despite it all this community is hopeful things will get better, especially after Columbus police took those alleged gang members off the streets. 

The arrests hit too close to home for Al Edmondson.

“I started recognizing some of the young men that came to this barber shop that were involved and I was really appalled at it. These were some of the young brothers that come into the shop,” said Edmondson.

Edmondson’s barbershop, A Cut Above the Rest, has been on North 20th Street for more than 20 years.  He said he’s seen it all out here and thinks the lack of men in the home is the root of the problem.

“These kids grow up. A lot of them don’t have fathers in this neighborhood,” Edmondson said.

Edmondson hopes to continue to be a positive image to kids in the King-Lincoln district and wants them to see what has happened to those alleged gang members as a cautionary tale.

“This will send a message to anybody else that may come in this neighborhood, that this neighborhood is on the rise and they have to be careful about what they do in the neighborhood,” Edmondson said.

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