COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Carver High School student faces several charges after a homeowner accused him and three others of stealing items from his house.
17-year-old Brandon Rozier has a preliminary hearing in Recorder’s Court Wednesday. In his mug shot soon after his arrest, Rozier wore a bandage around his head. The owner of a house on McNeese Dr. tells News 3 he believes Rozier and three other men stole a TV, shotgun and $1,000.
The homeowner adds when he caught the attempted burglars in action, as they tried to run and drive away, he pulled out a pistol and shot at one of the vehicles. However, Rozier’s attorney Michael Eddings maintains that his client was visiting his father in the area, and a bullet grazed his head.
One neighbor who called 911 says more so than hampering crime, he just wants the suspects to change their lives for the better.
“I’m more concerned with the direction our young people are going in now,” Richard Thomason says. “These are young men. I’d feel more comfortable if the young man was spending his energy in a more positive direction.”
Eddings says there are inconsistencies between police descriptions and witness descriptions of the suspects.
“We don’t want to have somebody subject to criminal charges based on faulty identification,” Rozier said. “In the end, I think this case comes down to DNA evidence.”
Eddings adds that Rozier does not have any prior felony convictions. The teen faces first degree burglary, theft by receiving, and possession of a firearm.
A judge issued a $25,000 bond in court Wednesday. His case was bound over to Superior Court.