LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two people have been charged in connection with a rash of East End beatings and robberies that police say are gang related.
In the stifling heat, few people ventured outside on Tazwell Drive Thursday, but police say it's a community that's beginning to boil over with gang activity.
Detectives have identified more than 43 known members and associates of a gang called the "1100 Block Tazwell Gang".
"We've been tracking this gang since 2010. We've had a variety of crimes. A lot of them sadly are more violent, like robberies and burglaries," Det. Bill Shingleton of Louisville Metro Police Department's 8th Division said.
LMPD tracks statics involving the gang, and the numbers are troubling.
The crimes range from the 2010 murder of Rashad Massey to grafitti that has popped up all over street signs and buildings just a stone's throw from the Ford Truck Plant and the Westport Road Wal-Mart.
This week, police arrested Lonie Holman and Timothy Heston, who investigators say assaulted and robbed at least three victims in recent weeks.
"They took his bicycle. They forced him to go to another location where another victim said they tried to recruit them as part of the gang," Shingleton said.
Two hours later at an apartment complex basketball court, the same men and several juveniles allegedly beat another victim over the head with a board, causing him to lose consciousness.
Police say some of the recruits are as young as 12 to-15-years-old.
So far, 22 of the known 43 associates of the gang have been charged with crimes.