3 teens charged in attack by ‘Kosovo gang’ on F’ville man

Tue, 07/08/2008 - 4:14pm
By: Ben Nelms

A gang by any other name is still a gang. And in the case of the “Kosovo Gang” from Peachtree City, three arrests have been made after a June 3 attack on an 18-year-old Fayetteville man in a dispute reportedly involving a girlfriend.

Police investigators from Fayetteville and Peachtree City are attempting to determine if the group has ties to other area crimes.

The incident was reported to Fayetteville Police June 3, though it took several weeks for investigators to work through the mesh of sometimes conflicting information and to accurately establish any gang affiliation before arrests could be made.

The investigation culminated last week with the arrest of 17-year-old Besnik Islami, of Peachtree City, charged with gang activity and battery, and two 16-year-olds, also from Peachtree City, charged with gang activity and simple battery, said Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton.

Additional arrests are pending. The group is known locally as the Kosovo Gang, Heaton said.

Heaton said the June 3 incident occurred following a dispute over the old boyfriend and new boyfriend of a 17-year-old Fayetteville female. A group of 10 to 15 males allegedly affiliated with the Kosovo Gang arrived at the Wyngate Circle residence of a 18-year-old male where they initiated a fight with him and two other males present at the residence, said Heaton.

One of the three males was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion, and his two friends were beaten, Heaton said. The investigation thus far indicated that Islami might be the new boyfriend, Heaton said.

Fayetteville investigators working with Peachtree City Police determined from interviews with other Peachtree City juveniles that the group is referred to by some in Peachtree City as the Kosovo Gang, said Fayetteville Police spokesman Steve Crawshaw.

Investigators from Peachtree City and Fayetteville are attempting to determine if fights or other criminal activity is linked to the gang. Investigators said they were not aware of any colors or symbols used by the group, Crawshaw said.

Crawshaw said two of the males allegedly involved with the gang have subsequently moved. One is now living in Newnan, while the other is in Marietta, he said.

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Submitted by kmights on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 1:29pm.

Only animals give someone a concussion over a girl, and only coward animals come to a kids house with 15 people to gang up on one person. This is America, not gang-run Kosovo. There is no excuse for this behavior and maybe if they like to act like this they should go back to their precious homeland.

And to the morons defending these kids, maybe you should get your butt beat by a group of idiots to see how you feel. And when the people beat you up because "they fight what they believe in" let's see how well you take that dumb excuse.

Submitted by mthom5436 on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 1:58pm.

Is there a missing peice to this story? I have been reading through several of the past blogs on this and there have been several posts where people seem to think the Kosovo kids are the vitims. What did this 18 yeat old kid do to provoke all the foreign kids from school to come to his house and jump him? The Kosovo kids formed a group and hunted down one person. How are they victims here?

Submitted by m1791 on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 7:51am.

Like its already been said, these boys ARE NOT IN A GANG!
this is a very wrong accusation. They are just a very close family with some non-kosovo close friends that they would do basically amything for. I bet there are some of you people that are commenting negatively upon these people that have friends that you would go to battle for in a heartbeat. and untill you know these boys and what they truely believe in, i think you need to keep your mouth shut. because to be honest, i was hesitant to meet them at first. but that first 5 minutes i quickly learned they are great people and great friends to have that are just misunderstood by many people that live in PTC.

Submitted by superior57 on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 7:23pm.

a group of 10 to 15 little pansies going to 'beat up' one person??? this used to be called a lynch mob.

it is obvious to all that this was an orchestrated attack, not a 'battle' to defend your territory. anyway, what kind of 'battle' are you talking about or suggesting? you're clearly just as bad as these little rats. please remember that we do live in the western world. vigilatism is not legal.

thus, i see that, for example, if somebody at the grocery store gave you the wrong change, you'd collect a gang of thugs to beat the daylights out of the cashier. Of course, these thugs would have to be your 'friends' willing to go to battle for you. would they bring swords?

laptop bombardier. you're so transparent.

Submitted by jackmehog on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 5:11pm.

Man on man, these kids are pussies. 15-3 might make them think they're tough, but wait till they get to the slammer -- and knowing Fayetteville justice, they will get there! It pleases me to no end knowing that these little punks will soon be on the receiving end of some other, bigger punk's manhood! Bend over tough guy - yo' Daddy wants some! Bwahahaha!!

"Kosovo Gang" -- yeah right. What a bunch of lamers. They wouldn't last two seconds in Southie (that's Boston, not Brooks)! Too bad they didn't try this crap at my house --they would have been fed with lead several times over Smiling

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 9:18pm.

Is it just me, or are these blogs taking a serious intellectual hit here lately? Tell you what... I'm going to push away from the keyboard and enjoy a cold one. I encourage many others to do the same. And maybe in a day or two the scourge of four letter words will have blown through, with nothing to show for the epidemic but the slain avatars of the BANNED & DELETED .

Good night all.

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by SouthernBelle on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 9:24pm.

Intellectual hit is right... I'll take a jack and coke

SouthernBelle, GRACE is a VIRTUE

Submitted by csu40425 on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 1:40am.

...time and time again. THEY ARE NOT A GANG. were they wearing any specific gang colors? NO. Just because they are all a different race and happen to be very close to each other and defend each other they are a gang? Well damn then I wish I was in one too. Atleast they, unlike MOST of your precious peachtree city teens will DEFEND their friends. Everyone else sits back and lets their friends get ragged on and even beat up, but no not them. The *Kosovo Gang* as you like to call it, actually follow through with what they believe in, which what it really comes down to, is protecting one another. They genuinly care about each other and help one another. You can not honestly say that if someone started a fight with one of your loved ones, you wouldn't be there to help them (even if the fight was dumb). And if you say you wouldn't then I feel lucky to not know you and you posting on this article is a waste of time. People get in fights. It happens. They got arrested and they will pay for it, but while they got booked, there were most likely twenty other fights going on by *nice PTC teens* that didn't get caught. They trully are some of the nicest guys and I admire their desire to help each other! and Besnik....he is a sweetheart!! He, I am sure, had a GREAT reason to kick that kids ass. Parents need to stop babying their kids and giving them money and treating them like little girls. THE REAL WORLD dOES NOT WORK THIS WAY! They are wimps and maybe one day you will thank these *GANG* related teenagers for toughening up the *future of America* so that we dont end up with a bunch of people that talk shit and can not back it up! Everyone is behind the *kosovo gang*

Submitted by Jackets316 on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 11:40pm.

Protecting each other does not fall under deliberately going out of the way to beat the crap out of a guy over a high school relationship.

Submitted by Sick of Fascists on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 9:34pm.

If all it takes to be a "gang" is to be associated with each other, the Rotary Club needs to go turn themselves in. All fraternities need to hang it up as well. The VFW guys even wear their colors! Hanging out with friends of a similar background does not constitute a criminal gang. Even if you get in a fight when you happen to be with those friends.
My god, this county is getting paranoid.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 5:33am.

"My god, this county is getting paranoid."

"Just because we are paranoid does not mean that the gangs are not out to get us."

The "gangs" described around here so far sound more like a group of cowardly punks than anything else: one or two loud-mouths and their "hangers-on". In the era and town that I grew up in, they would have been stacked up like cord wood. Pursue them and charge them with everything you can, but don't let these punks terrorize you.

Submitted by biggnatee23 on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 11:37am.

This article is terrible. Because I know them personally and they are nothing close to a gang. They are from the country Kosova. And people refer to them as a Kosova. Never the Kosova gang. Peachtree City doesn't have gangs, and if people think so, that's just stupid. Peachtree City Police know they aren't a gang either. They are all close friends because when they moved from Kosova, they only had each other at first. Never have they or never will they be involved with any gang activities. THEY ARE NOT A GANG.

Submitted by Jackets08 on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 7:07pm.

These kids attacked me behind Harmony Village one day while I was on my bike. I was able to get away from them as they tried to knock me off for God knows what reasons. The resource officer at Starr's Mill wanted/wants me to go after these guys but I can't prove that they did it so I won't. It's still good to see that they're getting what they deserve.

Submitted by biggnatee23 on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 12:29am.

I hang out with them almost every day. They don't attack people for no reason. Your just trying to make them look bad making up lies. So pathetic.

Submitted by Jackets316 on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 11:42pm.

Take off your rose colored glasses PTC kid. I can pinpoint the exact spot that it happened. Kush was the one who started it.

Submitted by KCW56 on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 11:11pm.

we don't have local gangs here. I guess because they're from PTC the Kosovo Gang is not the FC Sheriff's problem.

Submitted by swmbo on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 11:03pm.

Not all immigrants are illegal and not all legal immigrants are good.

Gangs are gangs so, let's be sure these thugs get the same treatment the north fayette version got.

If you and I are always in agreement, one of us is likely armed and dangerous.

Submitted by PTC Avenger on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 10:37pm.

Great work by law enforcement. I'm glad these lowlife thugs were apprehended. Keep up the good work and make sure the message is loud and clear: gangs will not be tolerated here.

Submitted by biggnatee23 on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 12:28pm.

You don't even know them, or where they come from and the kind of things they've been through. Don't say crap like that when you don't even know them.

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Submitted by yellowjax1212 on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 9:02pm.

Sorry Big but I don't care where they came from or what they have gone through. The law is the law and if they have broken it they should pay the price.

Submitted by biggnatee23 on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 12:33am.

They should not be charged with any gang activities or anything to do with gangs. They aren't a gang and I feel bad for whoever thinks they are.

Submitted by Jo Anne on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 2:24pm.

They say these kids showed up at a residence to confront another kid about a girl.

I am sorry for you biggnate23, let them show up at my home. They will leave in body bags.

I am usually a nice blogger. but this is hits us where we live. I own this property. I pay the mortgage. Again, show up here to confront my family and you will leave in body bags. This day and time you can.t do just show up to congront someone.

BTW, the kid(s) that did do that are very immature. Allthis over a girl. Stupid reason.

Submitted by GTtaylorfann on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 1:41pm.

First of all the 'Kosova boys' ARE a gang thank you very much.
And they know it! Yeah yeah. They're from another country blah blah blah, people discriminate them, yada yada yada. Yeah, people do because they do things for people to give them the name of a "Gang." They wouldn't give themselves such a big title as the "ALBOS" if they were not a gang. I have met them PLENTY of times and when a fight rolls around they run about "60 deep." As they would say. And all they have to do is whistle and their boys would run from all directions. So, your calling that not a gang? Riiight. These little boys thought they could get away with everything, but sorry to tell them. They can't. And One word, Karma. And when it comes to fighting fair, they surly don't play by that. The guy that Besnik got in a fight with was simply trying to shake his hand when Besnik gave him a blow to the head. Low, I tell ya.
And that's all I have to say.

Submitted by reallybigkid on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 3:26pm.

When 10-15 males confront a single male over a girl (which is a stupid reason anyway), that is part a "gang" mentality.

Submitted by drewpdawg on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 8:56pm.

So why aren't people posting that the incident at the Redroom was gang related?

This was an apparent altercation involving numerous members of similar "likes and fashion" as the Kosovo group, confronting one person who was not in their respected "clique" and this too, was fighting over a girl. But, why aren't people claiming they were gang members too?

Submitted by thegirl678 on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 2:53pm.

These guys arent a gang.
They fight because thats how they were brought up, when you were raised in a country during a war fighting for each other is what they do best and how they were raised, us americans were brought up to walk away from fights and that you shouldnt fight, they werent, they see nothing wrong with it. They fight for what they believe in and shouldnt we all? I used to be very associate with these guys and ive witnessed them fight for good and for bad. I agree that they shouldnt have attacked those boys over bezniks girlfriend but i do agree that they when they fought members of a REAL gang on my property a few months ago because the gang members brought a gun to my house and pulled it out threatning to kill everyone and the kosovo boys protected everyone by fighting the guys causeing them to leave, they were the heros that day. so not all of their fighting is bad, just sometimes overboard because they get carried away.

Submitted by sageadvice on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 5:06pm.

Read above, please.

WHERE are these weirdos showing up on here in abundance coming from?

Is it possible that they are guys playing fake games? Has to be!

Such gangs are OK they say? Make their own rules? They live in the USA--not Kosovo!

Better also to stay away from homes like 678s as those parties must be WILD!

Submitted by Jo Anne on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 2:14pm.

You can't have it both ways. Be in a gang to look bad - but when caught not be in a gang.

We moved to Fayette County 4 years ago from SC. We picked Fayette because "crime goes around Fayette County". i am so afraid it's not like that anymore. I am hoping (and praying) that Fayette gets that back. It will have to be our Police, Judges, etc. If they really crack down and not let any criminal get a soft sentence.

BTW, what is up with the Fayette Pavilon. It is loaded with cars from Clayton County. Everyone looks scary now. Doesn't Clayton County have a Walmart?

I actually take my childern to PTC to shop. I am a little scared of the Pavilon.

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