Razor blade suspects indicted

The two men accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment at Lakebottom Park in May were indicted on the accusation Tuesday.

A Muscogee County grand jury indicted Gary Bryan, 18, and Derrick Fullum, 24, on one count each of first-degree criminal damage to property. The pair is accused of taping nine razor blades to various pieces of equipment at the playground on the north end of the park.

The indictment came a week after both men were indicted for first-degree arson in connection with an April 9 fire at a vacant house at 1429 17th St.The blades were discovered May 11 by a 2-year-old boy. The child, who was uninjured, showed them to his mother, who took them to a nearby police officer. That officer found eight more box-cutter-type blades taped to various pieces of playground equipment.

Both men were arrested Sept. 27 on the accusations.

After the arrests, Police Chief Ricky Boren said the men had admitted to placing the razors, saying the suspects called it a “party prank” and that one of the suspects said he “wanted to see how it would change the lives of people.”

The suspects also told officers about other times they had vandalized the park, Boren said.

Former Columbus Fire Marshal Thomas Streeter said at the time that the arson arrests came after a tip from the Columbus Police Department that the fires had been mentioned by the suspects during the razor blade investigation.

The pair also face first-degree arson and third-degree burglary charges in Alabama in connection with a April 17 fire at the Garner Chapel CME Church, 10 Old Opelika Road, according to Phenix City Police Lt. George Staudinger.

Both Bryan and Fullum are being held at the Muscogee County Jail under no bond.