Police: Stop ends with obstruction, possession charges; man allegedly bit officer

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 22, 2013 

Todd Bolden

Routine police questioning turned violent Sunday, ending in one injury and one arrest, according to Recorder's Court testimony.

Todd Bolden was in court Tuesday facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime, two counts of obstruction, transacting in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and giving false information to police.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The charges stem from a lie — about his name and age — that Bolden allegedly told officers after being stopped downtown smelling strongly of marijuana. When police tried to arrest Bolden, he became "very combative," according to court testimony.

Multiple officers allegedly had to subdue him, as Bolden cussed and tried to kick them. He bit one officer on the hand and spat into the face of another.

According to officer testimony, Bolden was stopped while walking down Broadway after a witness said he'd been smoking marijuana. The arresting officer said he followed Bolden north, toward the intersection of 11th Street and Broadway. The officer asked for Bolden's ID; Bolden said he'd just been at the club, but did not provide his ID.

He offered his name to police, however, saying he was "Robert Myrick," born on Sept. 25, 1990.

He told police he was 22. He also told police that he did not have marijuana on him.

When officers told "Myrick" that his information didn't add up — that he would have to be 23, not 22 — he attempted to run, managing a step away before being restrained by police.

The arresting officer said in court that Bolden was "actively resisting" arrest and that he furthermore made repeated attempts to get his hands toward his waistband.

A fully-loaded semi-automatic pistol was later found on Bolden, according to testimony.

While being restrained, Bolden allegedly spat into one officer's eye. Another officer pulled Bolden's shirt over his head to prevent further expulsions. It was at this point that Bolden allegedly bit him.

At the police station, Bolden was correctly identified. A search revealed 16 grams of suspected marijuana and $4,002 in cash, in addition to the gun.

The currency was primarily divided into denominations of hundred-, fifty- and twenty-dollar bills, which officers said in court was consistent with a recent drug transaction.

The arrest, at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Broadway, fell within 1,000 feet of the nearest school.

Bolden gave no statement in court.

Judge Michael Cielinski set $10,000 for each count of possession, $5,000 for each count of obstruction, $5,000 for transacting in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and $500 for giving false information. The case will continue in Superior Court.

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