Confusion over bond set for gang leader arrested by US Marshals

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - There is confusion over the bond set for a Vice Lords gang leader arrested in North Memphis.

Antwan Melvin was picked up by US Marshals.  He was indicted on a total of 17 charges, including three counts of robbery, three counts of kidnapping and four counts of aggravated assault.

The US Marshals said Melvin's bond is set at $1 billion.  The Shelby County District Attorney's office said that is incorrect, and the bond is actually $1 million.

The jail computer system only added to the confusion.  It said Melvin's bond was set at 00.  Next to the word "reasonable" in the computer, there is a letter "N" for "NO."

Police said Melvin took part in a Germantown home invasion on June 12, 2008.  Seven people were tied up and robbed at 2:30 in the morning.  Seven masked men took off in a van.

They led police on a high-speed chase before ultimately wrecking out.  Police caught five suspects that day, but said Melvin got away.  He stayed that way until he was indicted on April 22 and captured by US Marshals Wednesday.

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