SAVANNAH, GA (December 28, 2012): Two men apprehended Thursday after abandoning a stolen car to avoid a police helicopter and leading police on a three-block foot chase are convicted felons and face multiple new charges.
Jeffery Rashad Williams, 23, was identified as the driver of the black Toyota Camry that Central and Islands precinct officers had been trying to stop on several incidents since it was taken from Savannah Toyota Dec. 7.
He was found hiding under a house on Seiler Avenue and has been charged with theft by receiving, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in commission of a crime, fleeing to elude police, obstruction and contempt of court.
Marvin Bryant Jr., 22, was apprehended on East 38th Street after a confrontation with Police canine officer Flash and was treated for his injuries at Memorial University Medical Center. He has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction.
Both have lengthy records with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.
Williams was released from Smith State Prison in August, 2010, after serving three years for entering vehicles in Chatham County. Bryant was released from Telfair State Prison after serving eight months for armed robbery, aggravated assault, entering a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The license plate on the Camry had been stolen, as had one of the guns recovered by officers. They also recovered several lap top computers and are researching their origin.
Precinct Crime Suppression and patrol officers had attempted multiple traffic stops on the Toyota and had discontinued them to preserve the safety others. On Thursday they engaged Neighborhood Task Force, Canine, the Georgia State Patrol and Eagle One, the SCMPD aviation team, to track the car.
When Williams realized his car was being followed by the helicopter, he parked the car undamaged on East 37th Street and the two men ran south into the perimeter the other officers had set up.
Precinct detectives continue to investigate robberies, burglaries and other incidents to determine if the suspects could have been involved.
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