Making violent threats to the manager of Pine Meadow Estates mobile home park and a maintenance employee landed three suspected members of the “Crips” gang in jail Thursday, Columbus police said.
Brandon Lee, 21, Randy Tyson, 20, and Marcus Styles, 20, were arrested at the mobile home park at 901 Joy Road, following what the park’s manager said were days of criminal activity and threats. The three appeared in Columbus Recorder’s Court on Friday to face criminal gang activity, terroristic threats and marijuana possession charges. Lee, Tyson and Styles each pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Police went to the mobile home Thursday to investigate threats from the men. Police spotted a blue Ford Taurus known to be associated with members of the “Crips,” or “Rollin’ 60 Crips” gang. Tyson had been stopped in the car a week earlier for a traffic violation.
Styles, the first to meet with police, was arrested for providing false information after telling police that he lived at the mobile home. Tyson told police the same thing and was arrested on the same charge. Lee’s name is on the lease along with a second man, who was not arrested.
Police said in court that Lee admitted to them on the scene that they were members of the “Crips.” When an officer saw a small amount of marijuana in plain view, he was arrested on possession charges.
While at the scene, police took a picture of the men and sent it to the maintenance woman who identified Tyson as the man who threatened her. Two other men — one of whom identified himself as a member of the “Crips” — were also at the residence but were not arrested.
Lee, Tyson and Styles were then taken to the Muscogee County Jail, where police said Lee made a “spontaneous utterance” after becoming disorderly.
“Yeah, I threatened (the manager),” he said. “She can’t evict me.”
According to police testimony, Lee legally rented lot No. 49 and its residence in Pine Meadow from a relative. Management said his guests were repeatedly smoking marijuana and loitering around other mobile homes.
The park’s manager reported the activity to the lot’s owner, Lee’s relative, who said that Lee would not be allowed to host any of his guests in the future. But the activity continued, according to court testimony, and eviction proceedings began against Lee.
Police said the gang members then responded with two threats: Lee called the park’s manager and allegedly said, “If Crips want to get you, they would have gotten you" and "evicting me is not a good idea.” Police said the manager put this call on speakerphone for her husband to witness. Both testified in court on Friday.
Police also said the park’s maintenance woman was threatened by Tyson, who approached her with a bandanna in his pocket and asked if she was related to the manager. Tyson said that if she was, he and his gang members would “f--- her and her family up,” according to testimony.
The park’s manager relayed the information to police on Thursday, leading to the arrests.
Under questioning from an attorney on Friday, police said that neither Tyson nor Lee had gang paraphernalia on them at the time of arrest, but that Styles had a document of several pages in his pocket — a “code of honor” for the “Crips,” or some kind of history.
Neither Lee nor Tyson made statements in court. Styles said he had been living at Lee's residence after being recently released from jail.
Judge Michael Cielinski set Lee’s bond at $8,000, including $5,000 for participation in a criminal gang activity, $2,500 for terroristic threats and $500 for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce). Cielinski set Tyson’s bond at $5,500 and sentenced both he and Styles to either pay $250 or serve 30 days for their false information charges.