Ottis Ricks, Gerald Peterson, Christopher Penson and DeMario Carman were each charged with murder, criminal gang activity, gun possession while committing a felony, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon during the crime committed on August 16th at O.T. Lounge near Simpson Road and Lowery.
The four are allegedly members of the Campbellton Road Gangsters.
During the crime the 4 individuals came into O.T.'s Lounge and Grill to rob the business and its current owner Vanessa Elaine Thrasher. Mrs. Thrasher, 53 years-old, was only days away from testifying in a 2011 murder case that occurred outside her establishment. Police have not been able to link the 2 crimes together, but they have not ruled out that this robbery/murder is somehow connected.
Video footage that Atlanta Police released was able to lead to a number of tips that led to the arrests of these four 23 year-old males. The men are being held in the Fulton County jail.
O.T. Lounge is a small family business that has been in the hands of the Thrasher family for nearly 25 years.