MPD makes weekend arrests

MPD makes weekend arrests
The Martin Police Department made several arrest over the past weekend including two aggravated assault charges and the capture of a fugitive from justice. On July 18 at approximately 1:36 a.m., Ptl. Michael Wenz was dispatched to the Old Fulton Road in reference to a person wielding a shotgun. Upon Wenz’s arrival, he made contact with the person, a juvenile, and she admitted to being involved in a verbal altercation earlier in the day with Thomas Williams regarding an incident that occurred at an earlier date on July 17. Additionally, she admitted that she was in the Progressive Baptist Church parking lot at 100 Place St. with a couple of witnesses, also juveniles, when Williams walked across the street with a shotgun over his shoulder, lowered the gun and began walking towards them upon noticing their presence. The victim admitted to then running and getting into a car with the intention of leaving the area. The witnesses also admitted to seeing Williams with the gun. The victim admitted to fearing for her life. On July 19, at 11: 26 a.m. Ptl. Larry Baker was dispatched to take care of an “unwanted person” at 133A Woodway Loop. He made contact with the complainant Jinny Lecorny who stated that the offender, Roberta Powell, had active warrants out of Bay County, Fla. Lt. Phillip Fuqua contacted authorities in Bay County and confirmed the warrants which are active for failure to appear on March 14, 2008, passing worthless checks on July 9, 2008 and driver license suspension/revocation on March 14, 2008. Authorities in Bay County confirmed extradition and were advised that the defendant would be housed at the Weakley County Detention Center. Powell was arrested and transported to MPD for booking procedures. On July 20 at 6:28 a.m. Ptl. Andrew Rhodes and Ptl. Baker responded to a call about a possible crash with injuries on Lindell St. Upon their arrival on the scene, they made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Brian Buttrey, and discovered that his vehicle was pinned in some metal equipment at Southern Milling Co. Ptl. Rhodes detected a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from Buttrey and noticed that his speech was slurred. Buttrey was asked to perform a number of field sobriety tests and he performed them in a manner that led the officers to believe him incapable of operating a motor vehicle. Buttrey was taken into custody and transported to the MPD where he was advised of the implied consent law and he refused to submit a breath sample. The passenger, Anthony Leech, was treated on the scene by EMS and was transported to Volunteer Community Hospital for the treatment of his injuries. At the time of the report, officers were unable to determine if the passenger’s injuries were sustained from the crash or from a fist fight he had been involved in earlier. Also on July 20, at approximately 2:01 a.m., Ptl. John Cross responded to a call at the Nut Hut Bar on 208 Palace St. regarding a person being shot outside the bar in the street. Upon arrival, Ptl. Cross made contact with several witnesses standing in the street in front of the bar. Ptl. Wenz made contact with the victim, Ricky Booker, as he was a passenger in a vehicle traveling southbound on N. Lindell Street. Ptl. Wenz escorted the victim to Volunteer General Hospital for a possible head injury. Ptl. Cross took statements from Timothy Booker, Stephanie Booker, Christina Stepp and Breauial Booker at the scene and all of the witnesses stated that a verbal altercation started between the offender, Elbert McGraw, and Ricky Booker in the street in front of the Nut Hut. The altercation turned physical with McGraw pulling out a small black semi-automatic handgun, threatening Ricky Booker with it and striking him in the side of the head with the gun. McGraw fled the scene and Ptl. Dolack and Ptl. Glenn made contact with him on 111 Wagner St. Ptl. Dolack was attempting to take McGraw into custody and McGraw ran from officers, provoking a foot pursuit. Witness Breauial Booker advised Lt. Arant that the pistol that was used was inside the bathroom of the Nut Hut and she led Lt. Arant to the other pistol. It was recovered in a trash can inside the bathroom of the Nut Hut and identified as a Titan .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

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