Many residents of Timberland Apartments, located at 750 W. Edwin St. in the city, noticed on Oct. 16 when police patrol cars surrounded their buildings, and police took one local man into custody.
Charges have now been filed against Ju'Michael K. Drummond, 23, who allegedly entered the parking lot of the apartment complex in an effort to escape police apprehension. According to police, he allegedly dropped several bags of heroin and a firearm during his flight.
Drummond, of 770 W. Fourth St. apartment 408 in the city, has been charged with felony counts of illegal possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and carrying an unlicensed firearm. In addition, he faces misdemeanor charges for possesion of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
He was apprehended by city police on Oct. 16. A patrol officer noticed Drummond, who had an outstanding warrant, standing on the corner of West Fourth Street and Campbell Streets in the city.
The officer circled his patrol vehicle back around and called for backup before attempting to pursue Drummond, according to reports.
When Drummond noticed the police, he was standing on Campbell Street near its intersection with W. Edwin Street. Drummond allegedly fled east on W. Edwin and headed for the entrance of Timberland Apartments, 750 W. Edwin St., according to court documents.
Drummond fled between the apartment complex's series of buildings, while other patrol vehicles arrived at the scene. As police reinforcements began to surround the area, Drummond slowed to a stop and made a cell phone call.
Police ordered him to hold out his arms and get on the ground; eventually, he complied and was taken into custody without further incident, records state.
While searching Drummond, police said they discovered a clear plastic bag of marijuana, and after retracing his flight path, uncovered six blue bags of heroin.
Later, a resident of the apartment complex called police to report that a handgun had been found in a bush near one of the buildings. After reviewing security footage, investigators reported that Drummond appeared to throw something as he passed by the bush, and that the bush shook as if it was struck by an object, according to the affidavit.
The owner of the firearm, a Smith and Wesson .380 calibur Walther, had reported the gun stolen from his city home in August, according to police.
In 2008 Drummond was convicted of a robbery which took place in 2007. As a felon, he is not permitted to carry a firearm, court records stated.
Drummond was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on Oct. 16. He is incarcerated in lieu of $125,000 bail.