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Suspect charged with assaulting officer
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TRINITY – A 31-year-old Trinity man was free on bonds totaling $14,000 this week after being charged with assaulting a police officer and evading arrest. Eric “Sam” DeShawn Bostic of Trinity was charged with the first-degree felony of aggravated assault on a public servant and with the state jail felony of evading arrest. Trinity Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel set bond of $8,000 and $6,000 respectively on the two charges. Bostic was arrested about 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the Trinity Arms Apartments following a foot pursuit by police. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began when Sgt. Randy Wheeler and Officer Justin Sikes stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Oak and Sabine streets near the Trinity Community Center. The driver of the car was James Bostic Jr., also known as James Woods, whom Jones identified as Eric Bostic’s brother. James Bostic was eventually issued a ticket for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and released. However, during the stop, Eric Bostic approached the officers on the scene, reportedly seeking to learn why his brother was stopped. “I want to caution anyone who finds themselves in a situation like this not to approach the officers or the scene. They need to stay back and let the officers do their jobs and not try to interfere,” Jones said. He said when someone approaches a scene like this, police don’t know if the outsider is trying to distract them or if he or she plans to try to stop them from making an arrest. “When he approached the scene, the officers sought to identify him and make sure he was not armed with some type of weapon,” Jones said. In this case, Jones said when officers obtained Eric Bostic’s name, they radioed the police dispatcher seeking to determine if there were any outstanding warrants for his arrest. “As soon and the officers asked for a warrant check, the suspect started backing away and then turned and ran,” Jones said. “That was enough to give the officers a reasonable suspicion that something was going on.” Jones said Wheeler pursued the suspect on foot and caught him in a nearby field. During as struggle, the two fell to the ground and the suspect is alleged to have broken free when he struck the officer in the face with his fist. The suspect is then accused of getting up and running into one of the duplex apartments in the Trinity Arms Apartment complex. “He entered through the back door of the duplex, apparently ran straight through and out the front door,” Jones said. Once outside, the suspect reportedly knocked on the door of the other duplex apartment, asking to watch television with the elderly man who resided there. Jones said Wheeler saw the suspect enter the first apartment but waited for other officers to arrive before entering. Jones said officers were quickly on the scene and surrounded the two apartments in the duplex. When they entered the one the suspect was spotted entering, they were unable to locate him and those in the apartment denied that he was there or that he had even entered. It was later determined that the apartment also was the residence of Eric Bostic. “It was a regrettable situation, because there were a number of children in that apartment and a number of officers had to go in to search for him,” Jones said. When they were unable to locate the suspect, Jones said officers found the apartment manager and went to the door of the neighbor. Jones said as he and other officers were knocking on the neighbor’s front door, the suspect tried to slip out the back only to be confronted by Reserve Officer Felix Morales. The officer held the suspect at gunpoint until Jones and others arrived to take him into custody. During this arrest, the suspect’s father, James Bostic Sr., 57, arrived and approached officers in almost the same manner as the suspect had earlier. Once again, the officers sought to identify the man and radioed the dispatcher seeking a warrant check. When it was confirmed that there was a county warrant for his arrest, the elder Bostic also was taken into custody. Ironically, Jones said that there was no warrant for Eric Bostic and had he not run, he probably would have been instructed to leave the scene. Drug charges filed In other police activity, three men were free on bonds this week after being charged with drug possession following separate traffic stops. Julio Reyna, 30, was charged with state jail felony possession of a controlled substance after police found a small quantity of cocaine in a car in which he was riding. He was free this week after posting an $8,000 bond set by Kinsel. Jones said officers Sikes and John Saunders made the traffic stop at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 on Van Dyke Street in Trinity. An open container of alcohol was spotted in the vehicle during the stop and police became suspicious that drugs also might be in the vehicle. Wheeler, who also serves as the department’s K-9 officer, was called to the scene with “Eric,” the TPD drug detection dog. The dog alerted that drugs were in the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed the cocaine under a rear passenger seat. Jones said Reyna, who was a passenger in the car, told police that the drugs were his. The woman driving the car denied knowing the drugs were there and she was subsequently released without being charged. On Friday, March 4, Kenneth Franklin, 51, of Trinity was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol. He was released on bonds totaling $3,000 set by Kinsel. Jones said the arrest came after a traffic stop at about 2:15 a.m. when Wheeler spotted a vehicle driving erratically. After stopped the car, the officer had the driver step out of the vehicle and almost immediately spotted a plastic baggie containing a quantity of marijuana hanging out of the suspect’s back pocket. Records indicate this was the suspect’s third felony DWI arrest by Trinity police and Jones said they would be initiating legal action to seize Franklin’s vehicle. A third suspect arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop last week was free on a $5,000 bond set by Kinsel. Christopher Olle, 26, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in connection with a number of hydrocodone pills. Jones said that officers Sikes and Saunders made the stop at about 12:30 a.m. Friday and found the pills under the driver’s seat. The suspect was arrested when it was determine he had no prescription for the pain medication. DWI charged A 23-year-old Trinity woman was charged with state jail felony DWI on Monday, Feb. 28, following a minor accident near the intersection of Barker and Martin Luther King streets. Jamie Lee Park was charged with DWI with a child under 15 and was transferred into the custody of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. According to Sgt. John Raiford, the incident occurred around 4:50 p.m. after police were notified that a car was driving erratically on West Pine Valley Drive just outside of the city limits. Two mailboxes were reportedly knocked down. “The driver made the loop, came back inside the city and hit a vehicle at Barker and MLK,” Raiford said. When the officer arrived, he found the driver incoherent and when she failed a field sobriety test she was placed in custody. The DWI charge was elevated to a felony level because there was a three-year-old child in the woman’s car at the time of her arrest.