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Police chases both end in arrests

Courtney Astolfi • May 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Monday afternoon, two teens led officers on a foot chase in which they ditched two guns before they were later taken down by Sandusky police dog Justice. Then, Tuesday night, an alleged drug dealer fled from police in a brief car chase and allegedly hid crack in his pants and ate raw marijuana.

Tyler Street foot chase

The Erie County Detention Home received a tip at about 1 p.m. Monday that a man wanted for a parole violation was walking along Central Avenue, according to a Sandusky police report.

Officers soon arrived and located the man and a friend on Vine Street. The pair — later identified as Tevin Latin, 18, of the 2200 block of Fallen Timber Drive, and Chancellor Stevenson, 18, of the 1000 block of Camp St. — immediately darted off.

Latin ran north with officers giving chase, and Stevenson ran south, disappearing from sight.

Officers followed Latin onto Tyler Street, noticing a book bag strapped to his back. They lost sight of him after he ran through a backyard, a police report said.

A Stone Street woman tipped officers off to a man who’d just jumped her fence and sprinted through her yard. Nearby, police found the book bag — fully stocked with two.22 single-action revolvers, five bullets and a phone, the report said.

Hours later, officers received yet another tip that Latin and Stevenson were holed up at a home in the 1400 block of McDonough St.

A resident there said no one was in the home other than family. Officers searched the house, however, and sent police dog Justice into the basement to root out the runners. The dog found both men in a small side room. Latin was later treated for multiple puncture wounds to his thigh, the report said.

Latin was charged with weapons under disability, tampering with evidence, carrying concealed weapons, felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, resisting arrest and a parole violation. Stevenson was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction, parole and probation violations.

Camp Street car chase

Officers tried to pull over a Pontiac on Camp Street at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, knowing the driver, Davareis Randleman, 35, of the 1300 block of Huntington Ave., had a suspended license, according to a Sandusky police report.

Randleman refused to stop the car, accelerating onto Tyler Street and turning onto Carr Street, the report said. He then allegedly blew through a stop sign at Polk Street, continuing on to McDonough Street, where a pedestrian had to jump out of the car’s way.

Finally, at West Osborne Street, Randleman came to a stop. Officers ordered him to show his hands, but Randleman furtively reached down toward his lap, a report said. He was eventually ordered to the ground at gunpoint.

Randleman later admitted hiding crack rocks in his underwear, and officers also noticed loose marijuana around his lips and a green coating on his tongue, the report said. About a dozen plastic bags were found in the vehicle, along with a bag of marijuana in the roadway. Officers also seized three cellphones and $220 cash.

Randleman was taken to the Erie County jail and held without bond on charges of cocaine trafficking, cocaine possession, tampering with evidence, failure to comply with signal of officer, marijuana possession, driving under suspension and a stop sign violation.

The car’s owner, April Armstrong, 29, of the 900 block of Second St., was charged with wrongful entrustment.

Randleman’s trafficking charge was upgraded to a fourth-degree felony because he was within 1000 feet of Osborne School. His charge of failure to comply was upgraded to a felony because he nearly struck a pedestrian.

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