Three teens arrested on attempted murder charges after shots fired in Forest Acres, police pursuit in Columbia
FOREST ACRES, S.C. (WIS) - The Forest Acres Police Department arrested three suspects on attempted murder charges following a crime spree.
Sabian Bryant, 18, David Anderson, 18 and Jeremiah Jenkins, 17, have each been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts each of auto break-ins. Jenkins is being charged as an adult.
The crime spree started early Monday morning at Arborwood Condos off Percival Road in Forest Acres. It ended less than ten miles away in Columbia, where the suspects were apprehended.
Through its investigation, the Forest Acres Police Department believes that these individuals were targeting areas throughout the Midlands, looking to break into cars and steal weapons out of them. To this point, they’d been “very successful,” Lt. Jerry Maldonado with Forest Acres Police said.
WIS obtained a copy of the incident report, which states that a woman at the Arborwood Condos was woken up around 3 A.M. by an alarm on her Ring doorbell. She found the three suspects pulling on the door handles of her car. From her balcony, she yelled at them to leave her car alone, the incident report states.
The 60-year-old victim said she chased after the three men, who then began firing shots.
“Unfortunately the car break-ins is not very uncommon, but the shooting towards a citizen, towards a victim of a crime is,” Maldonado said
The victim was unharmed.
When police arrived, they located 11 shell casings near the 600 building, with at least one bullet striking the condo complex.
The search for the suspects led to Shop Road in Columbia, where it is believed that the suspects were breaking into cars there.
The Columbia Police Department chased the suspects before they crashed into a tree near railroad tracks at South Assembly Street and Dreyfuss Road. Columbia Police requested the assistance of a K-9 unit from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
After a brief chase on foot, the K-9 tracked the suspects and they were taken into custody.
Police uncovered three weapons nearby the suspect’s vehicle, two of which were stolen, according to the incident report.
Frannette Bradley, an Arborwood Condos resident, said she is concerned about her safety following this incident.
“You can go anywhere and you’re not safe, any neighborhood,” she said. “It’s not really so much the people that live there, but the people who just come and think they can just do anything. For example, look at the shooting that happened at Columbiana Mall, unexpected. The people who were shopping, they didn’t know that was going to happen.”
Bradley said she plans to install a security camera as well.
When asked about concerns from residents like Bradley, Maldonado said “rightfully so they should be scared about it.”
“No one deserves to go through this,” he said. “Hopefully by apprehending these three, it will send a signal to everyone else that we take this very seriously and that we will pursue them as best we can.”
Forest Acres Police is encouraging residents to lock up their cars at night, and secure any weapons inside their homes.
“We do want to caution all of our citizens to not engage with suspects during the commission of a crime,” Forest Acres Police Chief Don Robinson said. “We are fortunate this citizen escaped unharmed this time and that the suspects will be brought to justice.”
In conjunction with the investigation, more charges may be filed by Forest Acres Police and Columbia Police.
The suspects were booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
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