Task Force Targets Suspected Gang Activity
In response to numerous recent shots fired calls, shootings, and other suspected gang related activities, the Columbia Police Department has partnered with several other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to curtail these types of incidents. The Boone County Sheriff's Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Juvenile Office, and the Columbia Police Department have been proactively contacting suspected gang members, their associates, and their parents in an attempt to end their criminal activities.
On 07/25/11 through the joint efforts of these organizations the following individuals were arrested;
Keith Cortez Brim, 24, of Kansas City, Mo, one count of resisting arrest, $500.00 bond, distribution/manufacturing/delivering of a controlled substance (cocaine), to be set bond, and Driving Under Revocation $500.00. CPD Case # 2011-007144
Donte Rayman Hardy, 22, of Columbia, Municipal warrant for Failure to Appear, original charge no operator's license. CPD Case # 2011-008608
Rodney Wayne Arnold Jr., 26, of Columbia, two counts of distribution/manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana, MDMA,PCP) To be set bond. CPD Case #2011-008609
Jordan Montez Wisley, 20, of Columbia, Receiving stolen property, $500.00 bond, Felony resisting arrest $4500.00, Felony tampering with evidence $4500.00, Unlawful use of a weapon $4500.00. CPD Case #2011-008617
On July 25, around 8:00 p.m. Wisley pulled into a driveway in the 5100 block of Rice Road. As officers pulled in behind him to conduct a traffic stop Wisley was exiting the vehicle and began walking towards officers. When Wisley recognized that it was the police he quickly turned back towards the car and reached inside and retrieved a handgun. Wisely then ran into an open garage of a residence and into the house. Officers ran around the back of the house to surround it and a Columbia Police Sergeant encountered Wisley running out the back door. The sergeant ordered Wisley to drop the gun several times and Wisley crouched down and began manipulating the gun while facing the sergeant. While giving verbal commands to Wisley to drop the gun, the sergeant was bitten by a pit bull dog. Wisley then threw the gun and ran back into the house, but was taken into custody by officers. The gun was located and discovered to have been reported stolen to Columbia Police on July 8, 2011. The sergeant received minor injuries to his arm and did not require transport to the hospital. Animal Control took custody of the dog.
A search warrant was served at the residence and officers recovered three additional guns, as well as MDMA, marijuana, and PCP.
On July 26, 2011 the Task Force arrested:
Aaron Harris, 18, of Columbia, for a misdemeanor warrant for Obstructing a Court Order.
On July 27, 2011 the Task Force arrested:
Darryl Jackson, 28, of Columbia, Driving While Suspended. CPD Case #2011-008698
Ryan Washington, 27, of Columbia, misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, CPD Case#2011-008698
Shontia Conner, 25, of Columbia, out of county warrant, $1000 bond. BCSD Case #2011-004824
Biagia Davenport, 19, of Columbia, misdemeanor warrant for stealing, $500.00 bond.
Juvenile male, 16, of Columbia, possession of marijuana, DYS hold.
Lester Fehling, 28, of Boonville, DWI (felony), Driving While Suspended (felony), Resisting Arrest (felony), $13,500 bond. BCSD Case #2011-004826
Since the beginning of the effort on Monday, the Task Force has recovered five guns, two of which were reported stolen, marijuana, MDMA, PCP, and crack cocaine.
In 2007 a similar effort to combat gang activity resulted in sixteen indictments of members of the "Cut Throat Gang" in 2009. Many of the Cut Throat Gang members received federal prison time for their involvement in the gang's activities.
While not all of the suspects who are arrested in the course of this effort are gang members, many of them are associated with suspected gang members and have been contacted while in the company of known gang members.
The Task Force investigation is ongoing and will continue for an undetermined time. Anyone having any information on suspected gang activity is encouraged to contact local law enforcement or 875-TIPS to make an anonymous tip to police.