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Isaiah Rider Arrested In Oakland

June 28, 1996 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota Timberwolves guard Isaiah Rider was arrested in California on misdemeanor charges of driving with marijuana in his car and posessing an illegal cellular phone, a report published today said.

The Star Tribune reported in a copyright story that Rider was arrested in downtown Oakland at 6:45 p.m. PDT Thursday, after a California Highway Patrol officer stopped the Mercedes-Benz he was driving because it had illegally tinted front windows.

It’s the second time in two weeks that Rider has been jailed. The newspaper said his arrest may jeopardize a trade involving Rider that had been arranged with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Star Tribune reported that before Rider’s arrest, the deal was expected to be announced Monday, when players can become free agents.

The trade, the newspaper said, would send Rider _ the Timberwolves’ leading scorer and biggest headache _ to Portland for backup shooting guard James Robinson, reserve forward Bill Curley and a No. 1 draft choice.

Two weeks ago, police detained Rider overnight for questioning in connection with an alleged sexual assault against a woman in an Oakland hotel. Charges were not filed because of inconsistencies in the woman’s statement.

The 6-foot-5 Rider, 25, was born in Oakland and raised in nearby Alameda. He was the fifth player picked in the 1993 draft, out of UNLV.

In April, Rider settled a lawsuit filed by a woman he was convicted of assaulting at a Minneapolis sports bar in 1994. Kimberly Rakos, 36, sustained lower back injuries after Rider kicked her during a promotional event at America Live Sports Bar.

Rider said that Rakos grabbed him and threatened to call security. He said he pushed her with his foot to release himself from her grip, court records said.

He was convicted in September 1994 of fifth-degree assault and sentenced to two years probation, 35 hours of community service and ordered to complete an anger-violence counseling program. He was fined $850 and received a 30-day stayed jail sentence.

Rakos filed the suit in January 1995, saying she faced disabling injuries, limited future earnings and humiliation.

Rider served four days in the Hennepin County workhouse in 1995 for violating the terms of his probation on the assault conviction.

Rider’s best friend, Donnie Ray Davis, who has convictions for rape and dealing crack cocaine, was also arrested at the scene Thursday on an outstanding traffic warrant, the newspaper said. Rider’s brother, Lamont, was also in the car but not arrested.

Sgt. Lee Timmons, shift commander of the downtown Oakland California Highway Patrol office, said the arresting officer found Rider in possession of marijuana and a cellular phone with the serial numbers missing. Cellular phones with missing serial numbers are commonly known as clone phones and, after being altered, allow calls to be made illegally for free.

Rider could face felony charges if a district attorney finds that the value of the cellular phone is over $400, Timmons told the Star Tribune.

Several apparent friends of Rider arrived during the arrest and harassed officers, according to an Oakland Police narcotics officer who was at the scene.

``They were somewhat abusive,″ said the officer, who the newspaper did not name. ``A lot of J.R.‘s friends showed up. J.R. was pleading, `Please don’t arrest me, please don’t arrest me.’ ... He was just pleading with the officer.″

The narcotics officer was quoted as saying there was a cloud of marijuana smoke in the car when it was stopped.