Now they are facing multiple charges after crashing a stolen Toyota Rav4 while fleeing from CMPD Officers who responded to the shots fired calls.
The incident began around 10 p.m. when CMPD 911 Operators received several call regarding several gunshots in the Woodbridge neighborhood near Yateswood Drive.
When Officers arrived, they found three vehicles that had been shot into and nearly 20 shell casings from various calibers.
A short time later, the suspect vehicle was spotted and CMPD Officers initiated a traffic stop. When the suspects failed to stop Officers gave chase.
The near 7-mile chase ended when the Toyota collided with a GMC Yukon near the intersection of Providence Road and Fairview Road. Three of the four suspects attempted to run and were quickly taken into custody.
A fourth suspect eluded police until just after midnight but gave up after being tracked by a CMPD K9 team.
The Toyota Rav4 had been stolen from a dealership on Sept. 9, 2019. Three stolen firearms were located and seized from the vehicle.
The four suspects charged are:
Michael Anthony Thomas, 19, who was the driver of the Toyota, is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, flee to elude a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.
Thomas will appear in court Friday afternoon October 4, 2019 on the five misdemeanor and two felony charges.
David Wayne Burns, 19, has been charged with possession of stolen property, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property. Burns has prior charges in Mecklenburg County for murder, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon.
Tyliek Alex Stevenson, 18, has been charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property. Stevenson has a prior charges in Mecklenburg County for shooting into occupied property.
Stevenson will appear in court December 9, 2019 on the five misdemeanor charges. He was released yesterday on an unsecured bond.
Isaiah Richardson, 19, has been charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property. Richardson has prior charges in Mecklenburg County for theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
Richardson will appear in court Friday afternoon October 4, 2019 on the five misdemeanor charges.
Cedar Update: Richardson was released with a EMD at 3:00 PM Monday October 7, 2019.
CMPD Would later down play the events and the crimes as routine.
"No one was located shot, there were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle collision, and due to the collaborative efforts from at least six CMPD division and support from CMPD’s Canine Unit, this violent encounter was de-escalated and lead to the apprehension of all four suspects".
What is troubling is the routine nature of the events. Bookended by two broad daylight homicides Uptown and in South Charlotte, our Mayor Vi Lyles spent her week having lunch and mimosas with Oprah Winfrey and pandering to the liberal nut birds who think crime like this is just part of big city life.
Make no mistake these are violent offenders with countless priors for violent crimes who have already used their "second chance" yet they will be released back on the street is short order to continue their reign of terror.
Given their available criminal records imagine the extent of their court protected juvenile records.
The Meck DA embarrassingly soft on crime, these suspects should not be released and they should be charged to the fullest extent possible.
Until Charlotte citizens speak up these thugs will rule our streets and as long as Mayor Vi Lyles and CMPD believe this is the new normal and this sort of crime is to be tolerated as just part of being a big city we are taking our chances venturing out of our homes.