Bainbridge Public Safety officers responding to a 911 call about an attempted home burglary wound up arresting one of the residents on a marjiuana charge.
According to BPS, officers were dispatched to 104 Love Street on Saturday evening at around 6:30 p.m. The 911 caller said they saw 3 men attempting to break into their residence; the caller stated one of the men had a gun.
When BPS Officer Jason Myers, Officer Pat Bryant and Sgt. Nigel Hurst arrived, they found a man later identified as Daniel Arnez Jones, 27, sitting in a chair on the east side of the residence.
While the other officers walked around the residence to look for anyone lurking about, Officer Myers began talking with Jones, who said he had not seen anyone trying to break in.
Due to the nature of the call, Officer Myers asked if he could pat down Jones for weapons, and Jones agreed.
As Myers walked closer, he saw an open Crown Royal bag on the ground approximately 3-5 inches from Jones’ feet. Myers could see into the bag and saw it contained a plastic baggie with what appeared to be marijuana in it.
Myers patted down Jones for weapons and then asked if he could look in the bag. While Jones objected, because it was in plain sight, Myers picked up the vehicle and emptied the contents on the hood of Jones’ vehicle. Inside the drawstring bag, Myers found a $10 bill as well as 12 small baggies containing suspected marijuana.
After placing Jones under arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, officers searched Jones’ clothing and found a wad of cash totaling $535.
As officers led Jones to a BPS patrol car, Myers asked Jones if there were any weapons or other items inside of his vehicle. Jones stated he had a pistol in the front seat of his vehicle.
Myers walked over to the car and observed a black gun case in the front seat of the car. The gun was not listed as being stolen, but Officer Myers asked Jones if he could take the 9 millimeter handgun to BPS headquarters for safekeeping, explaining he did not want someone to break into Jones’ vehicle while he was gone and steal it.
Taking an inventory of what was in the gun case, Myers also found a box of ammo and a firearm safety lock.
(It should be noted that Jones was not arrested on any firearms-related charges, nor did the police report allege anything illegal about the gun case being in the car.)
The officers made contact with the two men who called 911. They recounted the story of how they saw three men they did not know come up to their front door and attempt to break in. The two men said they hid in a back room, and finally the men gave up and walked east on Love Street. The two men who called 911 stated that they knew Jones, and stated he was not one of the men they had seen.