Gilbert Goons: First Arrests in Unified Action Against Arizona Teen Violence


On Wednesday, the first arrests were made in connection with a series of brutal attacks on teenagers attributed to a group known as the ‘Gilbert Goons.’

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While the police hinted at the possibility of more arrests, the community is grappling with the aftermath of a recent surge in teen violence in Arizona.

The ‘Gilbert Goons’ have been allegedly responsible for a disturbing string of beatings and robberies. And residents are pleading for a broader regional effort between Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek to address the escalating issue of gang violence.

 The community began to suspect the crimes were linked following the fatal beating of 16-year-old Preston Lord on October 28, allegedly at the hands of Goons members.

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Who are the Gilbert Goons?

An investigation by The Arizona Republic in December revealed that this gang, primarily composed of affluent teenagers, had been involved in attacks on other teens for over a year.