Police: Fugitive Found With Gun, Drugs Went For Cop’s Gun
PLYMOUTH — A New York fugitive armed with a stolen gun fought with police and tried grabbing an officer’s gun before being caught with marijuana and crack-cocaine, according to police.
Omar Morgan, 32, of Brooklyn, was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after police received a report of an intoxicated and disorderly man in the 200 block of Vine Street.
Police learned the suspect had taken a taxi and met it at the destination on Blair Street, according to police.
Morgan was in the front passenger seat of the cab and exited the vehicle despite being told several times to stay seated, police said. Officers told Morgan he was being investigated for being disorderly, and he identified himself as Rowan Samuda with a birthday in May, police said.
“Wait. No, January,” the complaint quotes Morgan as saying. “I don’t know. I’m old. Wait, yeah, Jan. 16, 1987.”
Police checked that information but were able to find no matching records. Morgan then began trying to walk away from the scene, prompting an officer to try detaining him.
Morgan twisted out of the officer’s grasp, at which point police decided to “escort the male to the ground,” the complaint said.
During a struggle that ensued, Morgan twisted an officer’s thumb, reached for his magazine pouch and grabbed the officer’s service weapon, according to the complaint.
When Morgan was ultimately detained, police found a loaded Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol that had a partially scratched off serial number. But they were still able to read the number and learned the weapon had been stolen in Hanover Twp., police said.
A search of Morgan turned up a scale, several bags of marijuana, rolling papers, a burnt marijuana joint and two bags of crack-cocaine, police said.
After being placed in a police car, Morgan began hitting his head on a divider and kicking at the door, so he was hobbled, police said. Officers eventually identified him and discovered he was wanted on an extraditable warrant from New York.
Police charged Morgan with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, possessing a firearm as a felon, carrying a concealed gun without a license, public drunkenness, providing false identification, disorderly conduct, drug possession, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing marijuana.
Magisterial District Judge James J. Haggerty arraigned Morgan on the charges Tuesday morning and set his bail at $100,000.
A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 20.
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