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Crime Report 3-23


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Columbus police Sunday apprehended a suspect for shooting into residences. 


After several reports from East Columbus residents, officers with the Columbus Police Department arrested Mario S. Harrison, 34, of 117 Crepe Myrtle in Columbus, on a charge of shooting into a dwelling. 


Emmitt Ross, of 152 Maple St., called authorities at 5:38 p.m. to report shots being fired in the area. While he was in the house he heard four gunshots outside, Ross said, noting some bullets hit his house. 


Columbus police officers George Harris and Don Holifield found bullet fragments and a bullet hole at the house. Police also received a call from Lashuna and Charles Tillman, of 153 Poplar St., who also reported their home had been shot into. 


A witness said he saw a black male standing outside at 141 Poplar St. shooting a rifle at a brown car. Tracey Rice, who lives at 141 Poplar St., stated Erik Gore came by her house asking Harrison to come outside. 


Gore then started shooting into the air, said Rice. Columbus Police Department Investigator Raymond Hackler was called to the scene to investigate. While officers were out at 152 Maple St., the officers heard shots again. 


They located a brown Mercury in the 700 block of Cypress Street. A weapon was recovered, but the suspect had gotten out of the vehicle prior to the stop. 


Harrison was arrested later in the day at 106 Maple St. No Bond has been set; his initial appearance will be today or Tuesday. 


The following other incidents were reported by the CPD: 




  • Martha Lagrone, of 215 20th St. N. called authorities Sunday at 11 a.m. in reference to the burglary of an auto. Lagrone said someone broke into her car and took her Pioneer CD player. She did not recall whether or not the 1990 blue Geo Prism was locked. 


  • Junior Guyton, of 913 16th St. N., called authorities Sunday at 6:53 a.m. in reference to a possible arson. Guyton stated someone had tried to burn his front door down sometime Saturday night. There was fire damage to the door. The Columbus Fire Department arson investigator was notified and the investigation was turned over to Kirk Gayle. 


  • Eddie Jones, of 901 11th St. S., called authorities Saturday at 3:03 p.m. in reference to a burglary of his home. Jones said he left home at about 6:30 p.m. and returned at 2:15 a.m. and found his door busted open and his lights on. He reported a black leather jacket, a watch and an undetermined amount of change missing. The case has been turned over to the CPD Criminal Investigation Division. 


  • Linnie Yakley, of 301 16th St. S., called authorities Friday at 3:03 a.m. in reference to suspicious circumstances. Yakley said a black male wearing work clothing came by and said he was there to work on a leaking pipe. 


    The man told Yakley his name was Henry Lee, she said. He went into the home, looked around then left out of the back door, she reported, noting the man also had done something to the back door so it would not lock. The case has been turned over to the CPD CID. 





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