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Local musician loses instruments in robbery, suspects caught in Harris Co. police chase

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

A local musician was robbed at gunpoint in the Walgreens parking lot on Crawford Road in Phenix City.

Officials say they caught the suspects after a police pursuit that ended in Harris County.

"It was more disturbing than anything," 38-year-old Kile Hussey said. "I couldn't think and I couldn't do anything. All I did was panic."

Hussey is a Phenix City drummer who drove to Walgreens shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning. He parked his car and checked his phone when he heard a knock on his car window.

"I came to Walgreens to pick up some pictures that my wife had developed," Hussey recalled. "I was parked right in front of the store. It took me about ten to 15 seconds to look at my phone. Then these two guys knocked on my window. I know lot of people in Phenix City so I assumed they must've been people I knew. I was wrong. Two young men pointed their guns at my face telling me to get out of the car. One of them jabbed me in my left leg with a revolver and the other one put his pistol right up in my face. It was scary to say the least."

Hussey feels lucky he didn't receive any injuries from the incident.

"I haven't been able to sleep well since the incident," Hussey said. "It made me more aware of my surroundings, and I'm scared to drive alone at night. We definitely need more officers to patrol this area. There aren't any surveillance cameras in the parking lot. We need more security. Officers told me I wasn't the first person that had been robbed at gun point in this parking lot."

Phenix City Police and Harris County Sheriff's Office both confirm to News Leader 9, the two suspects are in Harris County jail. Torrez Marquel Jenkins, 19, from Phenix City and 24-year-old Stephon Rashad Galloway from Dothan, Ala. were taken into custody after a short police chase around 12:30 a.m. on September 24.

Georgia State Patrol officers spotted Hussey's Cadillac traveling 145 MPH on a 70 MPH speed zone in Troupe County, and the pursuit ended in Harris County.

"All of my musical equipment was gone," Hussey said. "It's like a carpenter losing their tools or mechanic losing their tools. I perform on weekly basis and I have my wife, five kids and a granddaughter to support. It's frustrating. I also lost my cell phone, my medications for anxiety and ADHD, my microphones, hand drums, cables…"

Hussey is now looking for ways to replace his lost musical equipment, but he is glad he was able to get his car back.

"I lost my dad last April and my mom this May," Hussey said. "The car belonged to both of them, and my dad left it to me when he passed away. So getting it back was very reliving. It was more than just a nice vehicle, it was something my mom and dad had given me."

The handle on driver's side is broken and his stereo was taken away. Officers are still looking into what the suspects have done with the items that were inside the vehicle.

"The chance of getting my items back is slim to none," Hussey said. "I have to find ways to get these musical equipment back."

Hussey hopes his scary experience will remind others to be aware of their surroundings when they travel especially at night.

"My wife sometimes drives late at night, and it worries me now," Hussey said. "What if one of my kids was in the car with me at the time of the incident? What if they got hurt? I want everyone to be more careful. It's just not save anymore."

Galloway is facing a total of seven charges including speeding, reckless driving, suspended license, theft by bringing stolen property to state, obstruction, attempting to elude and theft by receiving stolen property in Harris County. Galloway was the one who drove the vehicle at the time of the pursuit and Harris County authorities say no weapons were found in the car when they searched the car.

Jenkins is facing three charges in Harris County including obstruction, bringing stolen property to state and receiving stolen property to state.

The two will return to Phenix City to face armed robbery charge once they come back from Harris County jail.

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