Duo arrested in children's park razor blade scare

Photo Source: Columbus Police Department
Photo Source: Columbus Police Department
Photo Source: Columbus Police Department
Photo Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Police announce a major break in the investigation into razor blades that were found taped to playground pieces at Lakebottom Park.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren announced that two men are in custody and says the suspects not only admitted to the crime but revealed their motive behind the alleged sinister act.

Police say sometime between 2-3 AM on May 11, box cutter-type blades were duct taped to the steps and handles of the slides and later found by a mother who stumbled across them just as her children was about to hop on the equipment. [Read: Razors were placed at Lakebottom Park to cause harm]

Gary Bryan, 18, from Columbus, and Derek Fullum, 21, from Phoenix City, have both been charged. They were arrested at their homes Monday night.

According to Chief Boren, one of the department's investigators received new information pertaining to the case from one of her informants, leading police to the suspects.

The chief says they confessed to the crime in interviews with investigators.

"They say that they did not target the children even though they put these razor blades on playground equipment that was played with by children. They classified it as a party prank. They also told us about other times they had been to the park and vandalized some of the areas. One individual made a statement that they wanted to see how it would change lives of people," the chief said during Tuesday morning's press conference at police headquarters.

Bryan and Fullum are both charged with Criminal Damage to Property in the1st Degree and if convicted, face a one to ten year sentence behind bars.

Bryan and Fullum are being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

They're scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Police say more charges could be pending against the duo and investigators are looking at other crimes committed by them.

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