Sylacauga men arrested for armed robbery of Title Max
by Chris Norwood
Santangelo Lafayette Funderburg, 31 and Brezenski Rashad Wilson, 32, are shown on their way to their initial court appearance before District Judge Jeb Fannin Friday afternoon. The two Sylacauga men are charged with robbery in the first degree of the Title Max in Talladega Thursday.
TALLADEGA — Two Sylacauga residents were given bonds of $100,000 each after being arrested for armed robbery in Talladega Thursday.

Brezenski Rashad Wilson, 32, and Santangelo Lafayette Funderburg, 31, had their initial appearance before District Judge Jeb Fannin Friday afternoon.

According to testimony from Talladega Police Capt. John McCoy, the two suspects approached a female employee of Title Max in Talladega as she was walking to her car to make a bank deposit. Funderburg was carrying a gun.

The two then fled in a vehicle, but were stopped when a Talladega County Sheriff’s deputy saw them trying to change clothes while driving.

Wilson was in the driver’s seat, and was held at the scene by the deputy. Funderburg bailed out of the passenger side and attempted to flee on foot, but did not get far before being apprehended by Talladega police officers.

The car was pulled over on Cherry Street, and Funderburg fled in the direction of Graham Elementary School and Zora Ellis Junior High School. The schools were briefly put on lockdown until Funderburg was in custody.

The cash, gun and clothes the two men were wearing during the robbery were recovered inside the vehicle and in the yard of the house where Funderburg was caught.

Assistant District Attorney Jake Argo told Fannin that Wilson had an arrest for felony marijuana possession in Hoover, while Funderburg had multiple marijuana arrests as well as arrests for carrying a pistol without a permit, failure to appear, theft of property in the first degree and probation violation. It was not clear if any of the arrests of either man had resulted in convictions, however.

“Someone could have gotten killed with you doing that,” Fannin told the two men after setting bond. “You should know better.”

The next step for the two alleged robbers will be another appearance before Fannin, who will determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to bind the case over to a grand jury.

Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony in Alabama. Conviction for a Class A felony involving a firearm carries a penalty of 20 to 99 years or life in prison.

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