Heavy police presence downtown near Hardaway building, suspect arrested following police chase

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UPDATE 09/27/2021 3:10 p.m. – A suspect has been arrested after stealing a vehicle in Phenix City and leading police on a chase into downtown Columbus, according to police. The vehicle was stolen from Lakeview Memory Gardens in the 3800 block of Highway 280 on Monday.

Police say the chase ended outside of the Hardaway Building, located at 945 Broadway. At that time, the suspect, identified as Jason Moorehead, ran into the building and was apprehended on the first floor and taken into police custody a short time later.

Everyone in the building is safe and just a bit shaken up from the encounter, according to police.

Following his arrest, Moorehead was taken to the Muscogee County Jail, where he will await extradition to Phenix City.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – There is a heavy police presence in downtown Columbus. Police units from Columbus Police, the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, and Phenix City Police have all responded to the scene.

An alert from Columbus State University was sent out to students saying police had pursued a suspect into the Hardaway Building, located at the corner of 9th and Broadway. Just after that, another CSU alert was sent out, this time saying a suspect had been arrested.

WRBL has a reporter on scene and is working to gather more information. This is a developing story, stay with us on-air and online for new details as they become available.

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