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April 24, 2013

Police use Taser on suspect fleeing in mall

Police report numerous marijuana arrests

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — A 28-year-old Detroit man who was reportedly caught in possession of marijuana had to be shocked with a Taser after he attempted to flee police inside Northland Shopping Center April 19.

According to Lt. Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, patrolling officers in the mall parking lot noticed an odor of marijuana coming from a parked, unoccupied car around 1:30 p.m. that day.

“They looked inside the vehicle and could see a baggie of marijuana on the rear floorboard,” he said, adding that the officers set up surveillance to wait for the driver to return. When a driver and passenger returned to the car, officers initiated a traffic stop.

“One of the individuals fled from officers on foot and ran into the mall,” Loussia explained. “He was pursued through the mall and resisted officers, so he had to be tased.”

The individual and the other occupant of the car — another 28-year-old Detroit man — were arrested. Loussia said that several baggies of marijuana were recovered from the vehicle, and based on the amount, the suspects will likely be charged for possession with intent to sell.

Several other marijuana-related arrests were made in the last two weeks by Southfield officers on patrol:

• On the evening of April 8, during a routine traffic stop of a vehicle traveling on the service drive of Northwestern Highway, just south of JL Hudson Drive, officers observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to police reports. The passenger gave officers several fictitious names, the report indicated, and he was eventually arrested for misrepresentation and possession of marijuana.

• Officers responded to a large fight that reportedly broke out at a restaurant in the 26000 block of Evergreen Road at around 1:30 a.m. April 11 and made one arrest for possession of marijuana when spotting a vehicle leaving the scene. During the stop, officers observed a rear passenger with a small plastic baggie in his hand containing what appeared to be marijuana. The suspect attempted to hide the bag, placing it under the armrest next to him, according to the report. Because it was reported that a gun was brandished during the restaurant fight, officers asked the occupants of the vehicle if they were armed, and the individual reportedly seen with the baggie told officers that he had a concealed pistol license and was carrying a gun. A loaded .40 caliber pistol was removed from his waistband and the baggie of marijuana was recovered from under the seat rest, the report indicated, leading to his arrest.

• Officers stopped a vehicle reportedly being driven erratically near the area of West 12 Mile and Telegraph Road at around 4:30 p.m. April 11. The officers reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, and it was discovered that the driver had a warrant for his arrest in Detroit. He was found to be in possession of marijuana and was arrested, according to the report.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.