Handgun, marijuana seized

Published 9:45 am Monday, January 7, 2013

MURFREESBORO – A Pendleton man out on bond for attempted murder among other charges has found himself behind bars yet again.

Tyrel Williams, 21, was taken into custody by the Murfreesboro Police Department last Saturday and charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with the intent sell and deliver marijuana and carrying a concealed handgun.

According to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe, the MPD received a call at approximately 1:20 p.m. in reference to a subject armed with a handgun knocking on the door of a residence on South Drive.

“Officer Zack Mize was dispatched to the scene and approached a subject in a car fitting the description (of the suspect),” Rowe said.

Mize ordered the subject, later identified as Williams, out the vehicle at gunpoint. Rowe said the suspect exited the vehicle, but would not comply with the officer’s orders.

“The suspect took off running and the Officer Mize chased him on foot through the neighborhood,” Rowe said.

Mize was able to apprehend Williams and escort him back to the patrol car with the help of other responding officers. Rowe said during a search of the suspect, a .380 caliber handgun and approximately 20 grams of marijuana were found. Articles of drug paraphernalia were also found in the suspect’s vehicle.

Williams was placed in the Hertford County Jail on a $20,500 bond.

Before his arrest in Murfreesboro, Williams was out on bond for an arrest two years ago in which he was charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill/inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon into occupied property inflicting serious injury.

Garysburg Police Chief Raymond Vaughan confirmed to the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that Williams was arrested by his department.

Vaughan said those charges stem from a call received by Garysburg Police Department on March 23, 2010 in reference to person being shot at the Post Office.

When officers arrived no one was there and upon investigation found the victim’s vehicle with bullet holes in it on Rose Street. Law enforcement also received a report of a male with a gunshot wound to the chest at Halifax Regional Medical Center.

Vaughan said Williams along with Desmond Bryant met the victim and the victim’s girlfriend at the post office concerning a vehicle that was for sale.

Williams allegedly tried to rob the male victim and when the man resisted the suspects open fire at the victim’s vehicle. The victim was transported by his mother to the hospital. The victim’s girlfriend was not injured.

Williams’ bond for the 2010 charges was $60,000 secured.

According to the Northampton County Clerk of Court’s Office, the charges are pending in Superior Court. Williams was bailed out on May 14, 2010.

Rowe praised the work of Officer Mize for his “bravery and professionalism” in arresting Williams.

He added the weapon being held for evidence in the Murfreesboro case will be made available to the Garysburg Police Department.