LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Two adults and two juveniles were charged with robbery after an incident Friday night.
According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Jaquerius Chandler, 18, Torey Deshaun Smith, 18, and Brailyn Rashaad Hines, 16, are all charged with first degree robbery, with another 15-year-old suspect charged as a juvenile.
Deputies stated they were called to a wreck at the intersection of Slate and New Garden Road. When deputies got to the scene, four subjects were in the vehicle and a fifth was on the ground outside the vehicle.
Investigators found the wreck was the result of a failed robbery. They said the suspects had agreed to purchase the victim’s PlayStation 4, which was listed on social media, and had agreed to meet the victim.
Authorities said the victim handed one of the suspects the PlayStation and the suspects drove away without paying. The victim jumped into the car to retrieve the PlayStation, but was struck several times in the head. The suspects drove away with him hanging out the window. The driver started swerving to throw the victim loose, but lost control and struck a tree. The victim was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital with serious injuries.
Selling items online, agreeing on a price, and then also agreeing on a place to meet are all things that the victim probably didn’t ever think would result in serious injury.
Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office Public Information officer says a split second decision can change a lot in a circumstance like this.
“Probably the best decision that could have been made was before they even met,” says Stephen Young. “The best decision that could have been made was the location and the time of the meeting. In this instance they met at the end of a driveway on a dark street at night and there are so many better options,” says Young.
Young says people should meet during the day time in a public place.
“People just need to be aware of their surroundings and know that there are dangers out there and you can mitigate some of those dangers by your choice of where to meet,” says Young.
Police say although the victim was in critical condition, he is expected to survive the incident at this time. The investigation is still ongoing, and authorities say more charges are possible.