Suspects in burglary, chase appear in court

January 20, 2012 9:57:09 AM PST
Suspects in a burglary and police chase earlier this month were in court this morning.

The court appearance for all three suspects was brief. Their cases were reset, giving them a chance to hire their own attorneys.

While waiting for the judge, suspects Michael Brown, Harry Gradeny and Danta Smith sat in the jury box. All of them turned away from our cameras, but at least two of them made obscene gestures in our direction. All three are facing burglary charges.

Last week, Eyewitness News Reporter Erik Barajas captured exclusive iPhone video of the three suspects as they led police on a high speed chase with a safe stolen from a Bellaire home in their car.

The video shows the suspects speeding along the Southwest Freeway near Shepherd before jumping out of the car and running through the HOV lanes and into oncoming traffic.

All three suspects were tackled and arrested before their getaway vehicle burst into flames.

The safe was returned to the homeowners.

The three suspects are expected to appear again early next month.