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Suspected gangsters, three others indicted
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Five suspected gang members were indicted by a Hall County grand jury this week on charges they were involved in shootings at two occupied homes during a mid-August crime spree.

The 11-count indictment charges Adrian Reyes, 16, Ernesto Reyes, 18, Christopher Rivera Sanchez, 17, and Jose Arellano-Villatoro, 17, with three counts of aggravated assault each in an Aug. 14 shooting at a Lenox Park home that was occupied by five people.

Adrian Reyes, Ernesto Reyes, Arellano-Villatoro and Enrique Toribio Rodriguez, 20, face two counts of aggravated assault in connection with a shooting on the same day at a home in the Silverwood subdivision that was occupied by a married couple.

No one was hurt in either shooting, but the shots, allegedly fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, damaged doors, windows and a car.

Police say one shot fired at the Lenox Park home barely missed a sleeping woman.

Authorities believe the suspects, allegedly members of the La Onda-05 and BOE-23 Hispanic street gangs, mistakenly targeted the homes thinking they were occupied by members of rival gangs MVS-13 and SUR-13.

No gang members lived in the houses.

All the defendants were indicted under the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism Prevention Act.

Two additional suspects younger than 17 had their cases adjudicated in juvenile court. Adrian Reyes had his case transferred from juvenile court to superior court at the request of prosecutors.

The case was one of more than a dozen heard by the grand jury this week.

Others indicted on felony charges were:

Philip Inglima, 53, of Buford, was indicted on one count each of child molestation and public indecency. According to court records, Inglima is accused of pulling his pants down and exposing himself to a 10-year-old at the Food Lion shopping center in the 3600 block of Mundy Mill Road on May 3.

Inglima, who has a listed profession of pipe fitter at Suwanee business, has been free on $10,000 bond. He has a scheduled arraignment date of Dec. 4 in Hall County Superior Court.

Neal Sherman Rush, 43, also known as "Choo-Choo," "Freight Train" and "Steamboat," was indicted on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Rush was convicted of a 1992 child molestation in 1997 and served six years in prison before his release in 2003, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He is accused of failing to register his place of residence in the 4000 block of Holly Springs Road within 72 hours of moving there in August 2006. He remains jailed without bond.

William Wesley France, 25, of Knoxville, Tenn., was indicted on one count of violation of the Georgia computer pornography and child exploitation prevention act. According to court documents, France is accused of arranging to meet a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex. France planned to meet the girl at a Gainesville movie theater after communicating with her in an Internet chat room, according to court records. He was arrested Sept. 14, 2006 and released the following day on $3,000 bail.

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