Man arrested, charged with initiating BP mob attack

Man arrested, charged with initiating BP mob attack

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The man accused of leading an attack on a good Samaritan at a BP gas station on Poplar Avenue in April is now behind bars.

Cordero Ragland, 23, is accused of being the leader of the pack during the mob attack.

Ragland is the 12th and oldest suspect arrested in connection to the violent mob attack caught on camera at a BP gas station on April 10.

Police say Ragland isn't just the ringleader of the mob that started this attack, he's also a member of a notorious Memphis gang police have been fighting to shut down: the Dixie Homes Murda Squad.

It has been about six weeks since victim Orrden Williams was beaten by a mob of teens after he escorted a woman to her car.

"Grown people shouldn't act like that," Robert Gownsend said. "You do the crime, you pay the time."

Investigators say they identified Ragland on the video as the person seen initiating the attack by hitting Williams in the back of the head.

Police also arrested nearly a dozen Northwest Prep Academy students. Police say the suspects range in age from 16 to 19 years old and most of them have prior criminal histories.

Ragland is charged with two counts of aggravated riot and two counts of assault-bodily harm. He's been arrested nearly 10 times. His rap sheet includes aggravated robbery, assault, and criminal trespassing arrests.

Police say the BP attack started with a fight involving Ragland's cousin at the Burger King next door to the BP.

"He came a the behest of a relative who wanted help." Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said. "That's why we encourage our parents to know your kids, check their phones, We have to work together to keep everyone safe."

Ragland is in jail on a $40,000 bond. He will go before a judge Thursday morning.

Police say they are still looking for two suspects in the BP mob attack.

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