Criminal warrants charge Black Hammer Party leader with forcing sex with man at gunpoint

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Augustus C Romain/Gazi Kodzo (L) and Xavier H Rushin arrests.
Augustus C Romain/Gazi Kodzo (L) and Xavier H Rushin arrests.

Two men were arrested after a July 19 incident at the Woodbyne subdivision on Fayetteville’s north side, one charged with forcing anal sex with [CORRECTION] one man at gunpoint. The second arrested man was charged with being one of the gun pointers.

The two taken into custody were Augustus C. Romain, also known as Gazi Kodzo, the leader of the Black Hammer Party fringe group and 21-year-old Xavier H. “Keeno” Rushin. At least nine people exited the house and a member of the Black Hammer Party was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head once police gained entry.

As previously reported by Fayetteville police, “the incident began when Fayette County 911 received a ‘trouble unknown’ call around 7:48 a.m. Tuesday morning from a person whispering that they had been kidnapped by an organization and were being held in the garage of a residence” that was subsequently identified by police as a home at 220 Selwyn Court in the Woodbyne subdivision off White Road.

Nine occupants exited the house when police using a loudspeaker instructed everyone to evacuate. Police later discovered Amonte Ammons, 18, in an upstairs bathroom, dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The Citizen obtained copies of the warrants against Romain/Kodzo and Rushin.

The charges against 36-year-old Augustus C. Romain, also known as Gazi Kodzo, of 220 Selwyn Court in Fayetteville, included aggravated sodomy, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, two counts of false imprisonment (party to a crime), two counts of kidnapping (party to a crime), two counts of aggravated assault (party to a crime) and two counts of criminal street gang activity.

The warrant against Romain/Kudzo for aggravated sodomy states that Romain/Kodzo ordered Amonte “AP” Ammons and Xavier “Keeno” Rushin to point guns at two males (names withheld) and force them to move from the common area of the home into the garage with padlocks on the garage door so the Romain/Kodzo could commit sodomy against (name withheld) when against his will he forced (name withheld) to have anal sex with him.

The warrants for the two counts against Romain/Kodzo for criminal street gang activity state that he ordered Ammons and Rushin to point guns at two other males (names withheld) and forced them from the main area of the home into a padlock locked garage resulting in a charge of kidnapping. Romain is the self-proclaimed leader of the Black Hammer, an organization documented as a criminal street gang which engages in defined criminal acts.

It should be noted that it was Ammons who was found deceased in an upstairs bathroom from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The blackhammer.org website identified a person it called “AP” as the Black Hammer Party’s Minister of Defense.

The warrants for two counts of aggravated assault (party to a crime) against Romain/Kodzo stated that Romain with the intent to murder, rape or rob ordered Rushin and Ammons to point guns at the two men and force them to move from the common area of the home to the garage with padlocks on the garage door so that Kodzo could commit sodomy.

The warrants for the two kidnapping (party to a crime) charges against Romain/Kodzo also dealt with the order to Rushin and Ammons to point guns at the two men and force them to move into the locked garage.

The warrants for the two false imprisonment charges against Romain/Kodzo related to the actions of ordering Rushin and Ammons to point guns at the two men and force them into the padlocked garage.

The two warrants for conspiracy to commit a felony against Romain/Kodzo dealt with the action of ordering Rushin and Ammons to point a gun at the two men and force them into the padlocked garage so they could not leave.

The Citizen also obtained copies of the warrants against 21-year-old Xavier Rushin, of 220 Selwyn Court in Fayetteville. Those charges include obstruction, two counts of criminal street gang activity, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

The warrant for obstruction states that Rushin hindered law enforcement by running away when being questioned about a kidnapping call received from the house at 220 Selwyn Court. He further obstructed law enforcement when he continuously pulled away from law enforcement and tried to reach for a handgun in his right short’s pocket.

The two warrants for street gang activity stated that Rushin pointed a gun at (two unnamed men) and forced them from a common area of the house into the padlocked garage and did not allow them to leave. Rushin is a documented member of the Black Hammer, an organization documented as a criminal street gang which engages in defined criminal acts.

The two warrants for aggravated assault stated that Rushin pointed a gun at the two (unnamed) men and forced them into the padlocked garage so that Romain could anally sodomize the two victims.

The two warrants for kidnapping stated that Rushin pointed a gun at the two men and forced them to move into the padlocked garage so they could not leave.

The two warrants for false imprisonment stated that Rushin pointed a gun at the two men and forced them to move into the padlocked garage so they could not leave.

The two warrants for conspiracy to commit a felony stated that Rushin was ordered by Romain/Kodzo to point a gun at the two men and force them into the padlocked garage.

[CORRECTION: The warrants state that one man — not two —was forced to have anal sex. The headline and story have been changed to reflect that correction.]

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