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04/29/05

Last "Turf Boy" Arrested

Corey "Lil Murder" Milton Corey "Lil Murder" Milton
Damien Gaines Damien Gaines
Tarus Green Tarus Green
Lyeron Rice Lyeron Rice

All of the so-called Turf Boys are behind bars. Police picked up the last member of the gang late last evening. Acting on information they received yesterday, police arrested Corey "Lil Murder" Milton around 9pm at the Gateway Inn.

When they picked him up, officers found some marijuana on him. Police took him to the Chatham County Detention Center where he will stay until his arraignment.

Earlier yesterday, police arrested Turf Boy Tarus Green at a house on East 34th Street near Waters where he was staying. Police say Green resisted arrest when they first got there.

"There was a bit of a confrontation between the suspect and Bruno, our K-9 and Sgt. Ernst," said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "Bruno was able to convince Tarus Green that it was in his best interest to surrender peacefully."

Green is in the Youth Detention Center awaiting an arraignment. He is also a suspect in the three shootings.

Two other members of the group turned themselves in on Wednesday.

All four of these suspects no stranger to a police blotter. Several of them have arrest records dotted with things like criminal trespassing and carrying concealed weapons.

We talked with one person who says he's been a victim of the Turf Boys before, and he's surprised they were still out on the street to be able to go on the shooting spree police are blaming them for.

Taylor Brush says two days after his old apartment was broken into, he saw Lyeron Rice loitering next door. A couple months later, someone saw Tarus Green riding Brush's stolen motor scooter.

"They actually caught him joy riding out on it," said Brush. "They followed him for a couple blocks, he ditched it, wrecked it, and then took off."

Brush says the Turf Boys made him rethink his living arrangements. "That was the reason we moved. We had just signed a year's lease but our landlord said 'I don't want you living in a place that you don't feel safe.'"

Months later, police say Tarus Green was involved in three shootings. They arrested him for theft by receiving Brush's stolen property and Brush says he's surprised Green was in jail for less than a day.

"I'm not trying to downplay the accomplishments of the Savannah Police Department, but I'm a little frustrated they keep letting this guy walk."

He's not the only one. The police department agrees. "There's really nothing more frustrating for officers than to have to arrest the same people over and over and over again," said SCMPD's Burnsed.

Burnsed says all of the Turf Boys were familiar with the back seat of a squad car, and police wish there was a way to keep them off the street longer, but it seems they're always able to bond out, and then do things like skip court dates.

To reiterate, all four of the Turf Boys have now been arrested in connection with a string of shootings from earlier this month. Police say the four men were the only members of the gang and all four were involved with all three shootings.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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