“A Little Weed”—Plus A Gun & Crack
by Staff | Sep 10, 2012 7:46 am
A 35-year-old man leaving the Van Dome nightclub told cops he had some marijuana on him. That’s all.
Turns out he was being modest.
The encounter led to one of two arrests at New Haven nightclubs early Sunday morning. Also, a man allegedly had crack stuffed in his anus while being treated for a bullet wound.
Here’s what happened in those three incidents, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman (with his precise words in quotation marks):
The Van Dome incident took place around 2:30 a.m. Officers Michael Styles and Carlos Conceicao were on duty there in the parking lots. They noticed the 35-year-old man “standing beside an open door of a silver car.” He noticed them, too—so, “avoid[ing] eye contact,” “he closed the door and looked as if he was tucking something into his pants pocket.
“The officers could smell marijuana.”
“What do you have in your hand”? asked Conceicao.
“Just a little weed,” the man said.
It turned out he “had more than a little weed. He would eventually be arrested for possessing over 50 grams of crack cocaine which was packaged in 14 bags for sale, a sandwich bag of marijuana and a loaded ‘Raven Arms’ MP-25 handgun. Also confiscated were two cell phones and several bundles of cash which totaled $11,767.00.” The suspect “was charged with two weapons crimes and five drug crimes before being sent to jail.”
Crashing Ladies’ Night Was A Mistake:
The other nightclub incident occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. at Red’s Cafe on Ashmun and Henry streets. This one got more intense. It required seven cops: Officers Kealyn Nivakoff, Robert Hwang, Christopher Cameron, Jillian Knox, Pete McKoy, and Detectives Brett Runlett and Alberto Merced.
An employee called the cops, then showed them a man who’d come in armed. She had had an argument with the man, she told the cops. It was Ladies’ Night. “He wasn’t a lady.” He wanted to come in anyway. They argued—until the man showed a gun. Then the employee stopped arguing, and called the police.
When the cops arrived and spoke with the employee, the man in question, who’s 38, “walked toward the rear door. He reached into his pocket and yelled at the officers, ‘Fuck you. Shoot me!’”
The cops told him to take his hand out of his pocket. He ran out the back instead. The cops caught him, engaged in a “violent struggle,” then tackled him.
“As officers tried handcuffing him, he made attempts to reach into his pocket. He was handcuffed, and officers removed a knife from his left pant pocket and a .41 caliber Smith & Wesson model 657 Magnum revolver.” He “was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a revolver, possession of the revolver without a permit, threatening and interfering with Police. He was also served with an outstanding warrant and had his black ski mask confiscated.”
Back In Trouble Again The third incident involved a 35-year-old man who once served 11 years on a first-degree robbery charge (in a case that began with a murder charge).
The man “limped into” the Hospital of St. Raphael’s emergency room around 9:15 a.m. Sunday with a bullet wound in his left knee. Someone had come up from behind him, shot him once, then fled, he told cops.
While he was at the hospital, “officers recovered a bag of crack cocaine from him. An X-ray revealed a bundle of suspected crack cocaine secreted in [his] anus.” So the cops kept watch over him at the hospital while detectives investigated further.
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