Warrants filed for five teenagers arrested this week following the death of Hall County Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon detail the alleged concealing of physical evidence including firearms and clothing, according to court documents.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday the arrests of Jiovanny Castillo, 17, Antony Macias, 18, Adrian Gonzalez-Verduzco, 18, Rodolfo Rodriguez-Puentes, 17, and Jorge Rodriguez, 19.
All of those arrested are from Gainesville and were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal.
“Macias, (Gonzalez)-Verduzco, (Rodriguez)-Puentes and Rodriguez were additionally charged with theft by receiving stolen property,” according to a press release.
The tampering with evidence charges for Gonzalez-Verduzco, Macias, Rodriguez-Puentes and Rodriguez allege the teenagers “did knowingly conceal physical evidence, to wit, firearms and other physical evidence.”
The warrant filed for Castillo makes mention of “clothing used during the commission of a crime.”
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles did not elaborate to which specific crime these warrants were connected.
The dates on these warrants range from July 6 to 11.
Gonzalez-Verduzco, Rodriguez, and Rodriguez-Puentes were accused of having two firearms “which (they) knew or should have known were stolen,” while Macias is accused of possessing one firearm.
Hector Garcia-Solis, London Alexander Clements, Brayan Omar Cruz and Eric Edgardo Velazquez, all 17, have been charged with felony murder in Dixon’s slaying. Police have alleged Garcia-Solis was the shooter.
Law enforcement has also recovered 25 of 27 stolen firearms taken July 6 from Double Deuce Pawn and Gun Store on Shallowford Road.
“A large cache of ammunition and two crossbows were also recovered. Additional crimes were identified as having been done by this group. As a result of the joint investigation, an additional firearm and seven stolen vehicles have been recovered,” according to the news release.
The GBI said it has solved six related burglaries, two thefts of motor vehicles and three entering auto cases.
“Solis and Velazquez will face additional charges related to the burglaries, theft of motor vehicles and entering autos,” according to the news release.
Dixon was shot to death in an exchange of gunfire in Gainesville July 7 after pulling over a car and engaging in a foot pursuit with four suspects. Police said the car was stolen, and a preliminary investigation showed the pawn shop burglary was connected.
Solis was hit multiple times and is still under medical care.