Man faces drug, assault charges
Published 4:31 am Tuesday, May 13, 2003
By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- A man was arrested in Niles Saturday pending charges for alleged possession of crack cocaine and assault and battery.
Michael Tyrome Jones, 31, 614 Cass St., Niles, was arrested after officers were dispatched to an assault and battery complaint on that street, the police report said.
The police report said the victim of the alleged assault was standing outside 613 Cass St., when police arrived.
The victim told the officers the person who allegedly hit him was standing in front of 614 Cass St., the police report said.
The police report said the officers and the victim then walked over to 614 Cass St.
When they arrived at 614 Cass St., the victim pointed out Jones and allegedly stated "this is the guy in the muscle t-shirt that hit me," the police report said.
The police report said the officers then advised Jones, who was standing behind a chain link fence, to come and talk about what had happened.
Jones allegedly said he hadn't done anything and that he was in his own yard and wasn't going to talk, the police report said.
The police report said one of the officers allegedly repeated several times that Jones needed to come and talk, before he jumped over the fence and placed Jones in handcuffs.
Jones was handcuffed for the officers safety because he allegedly began raising his voice and disturb the premises, the police report said.
The police report said Jones was detained while officers completed their investigation.
Officers, while searching Jones, allegedly found splattered blood on Jones' right hand, the police report said.
Officers also found a white substance in a clear plastic baggie on Jones which appeared to be crack cocaine, the police report said.
The police report said Jones was transported to the Niles Police Department, where he was booked and lodged with no bond.
The police report said the white substance was later tested and found to be crack cocaine.
Four to five witnesses to the incident were standing in front of 614 Cass St., but were according to the officers unwilling to talk, the police report said.