Police blotter (4/19/2011)

The following investigations are in progress, and the following people were arrested or issued summons, according to police reports.

Police find marijuana, champagne in freshman’s car

Three MU freshmen were arrested on marijuana and alcohol charges Thursday night in a campus parking lot.

MU Police Department Capt. Scott Richardson said an officer on bike patrol saw a suspect’s vehicle in parking lot CG1, near the intersection of South College Avenue and Hospital Drive.

“The officer came up on them to see what they were doing, and then smelled a strong odor of intoxicants,” Richardson said. “During the interview, one of the subjects said he had marijuana on him, then other items were located inside the vehicle.”

Richardson said the officer found marijuana and a bottle of champagne inside the vehicle. Freshmen Andrew Adrian, Erik Johnson and Grace Haynes were arrested just after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Haynes, 18, was arrested on suspicion of possession of alcohol by a minor. Adrian and Johnson, both 19, were arrested on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Suspect threatens son with knife

Jerome Dunn, 45, was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 2:16 a.m., Columbia Police Department officers responded to a disturbance at 1201 Paquin St. The disturbance was between Dunn and his son.

CPD spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in an email that the suspect and son were uncooperative.

According to a witness, Dunn reportedly grabbed a knife, pushed the victim into a stove and held the knife to the victim’s throat while making verbal threats. Dunn then reportedly struck the victim in the back of the head twice.

The victim reportedly did not fight back and declined medical attention.

Suspect found in possession of cocaine at Generic

Jonathan Magnuson, 21, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after an incident Saturday at 1025 Broadway.

Officers were conducting an open business check at Generic at 12:36 a.m. when they saw Magnuson in the men’s restroom halfway in a stall.

Stroer said the officers suspected he was trying to conceal something after noticing his hands moving up and down trying to shove something into his pocket.

The officers pat searched the Magnuson for weapons and discovered a bag filled with white powder that was later determined to be cocaine.

Suspect steals victim’s purse

Dequan Maxwell, 18, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony theft after an incident Saturday.

At about 12:20 a.m., Maxwell reportedly stole a purse from a victim at Deja Vu Comedy Club. Employees saw the incident and detained the suspect until police arrived. The employees said the crime is recorded on surveillance video.

Stroer said a cell phone belonging to the victim was recovered from Maxwell’s person, but no other items were located.

Freshman arrested after skateboarding incident at Ellis

An MU student was arrested Sunday night after running from an officer near Ellis Library.

“An officer on bike patrol was near Ellis Library and observed two subjects doing tricks on skateboards,” Richardson said. “They were damaging the corner of the front bench by jumping on it.”

Both subjects fled once they saw the officer, Richardson said. Sophomore Michael Niles was caught at about 11 p.m. near parking lot WC-7, by Ninth Street.

“The officer had given the subject who was arrested two trespassing warnings on previous occasions,” Richardson said. Niles, 23, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with arrest.

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