Russell County Sheriff's Office deputies and Columbus Police officers uncovered three teenagers in a trash compactor Wednesday after chasing five burglary suspects across the state line, according to court testimony.
Tyanthony Edmonds, 18, faced three felony counts of bring stolen items into a state, theft by receiving stolen property and obstructing an officer during the Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing. He was apprehended along with two juveniles after Wednesday's chase.
The chase began after a Russell County patrol sergeant saw five individuals acting suspiciously near Wright Road at about 9 a.m.
“He saw a vehicle and some guys that looked suspicious to him standing in a yard out by the vehicle,” Sheriff Heath Taylor said Wednesday. “As he turned to find out who they were, they jumped into the car and took off in a car chase. He felt like they were burglarizing the house and he chased them.”
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The deputy chased the teens, who were driving in a Chevrolet Tahoe, until they crashed into a tractor trailer near the Booker T. Washington apartments. The deputy told the court that during the chase, several vehicles were forced to leave the road to avoid a collision.
From there, the suspects scattered. Two were able to able to elude arrest during the chase, according to court testimony.
Columbus Police, assisting in the effort, later managed to Edmonds and two other juveniles hiding in a trash compactor near Sixth Avenue.
Police found a stolen TV, computer equipment and phones from a house on 30th Street in Phenix City inside the Tahoe, which was reported stolen out of Columbus on Jan. 28.
During Thursday's hearing, Edmonds mother asked Judge Michael Cielinski to reduce Edmonds' charges to misdemeanors.
"I would ask the court to have mercy on him. He's young. He made a mistake," Edmonds said. "He just turned 18."
Cielinski told the mother that decision would have to be made in Muscogee County Superior Court. He set Edmonds' bond at $16,000.