Suspect arrested for drugs, firearm possession

Ridgecrest police officers arrested a suspect on May 17 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $15,000.

Evidently the suspect made bail, since on May 24 the same suspect, Timothy Robert Williams, 35, was again arrested on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, and was held on a no-bail warrant.

The first arrest was a result of a routine probation search by officers Kyle Cushman and Ritchey Garibay, in the 300 block of West Robertson Avenue. While on scene, the officers contacted Williams, who is on post- release community supervision (PRCS). When officers asked Williams if he had anything illegal on his person, he reportedly put his hand out of view and began reaching for his pocket.

Williams was reportedly ordered to show his hand, but refused to do so. Fearing that he might be trying to retrieve a weapon, the officers took hold of him and a short struggle ensued. During the struggle, Williams reportedly threw two bindles onto the ground. He was subsequently arrested without further incident. A search of the bindles revealed approximately 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

A week later, when the same officers went to the 1200 block of South Primrose Street for a probation search on Williams, the suspect tried to hide in the back yard of the residence, but was located and arrested without incident. During a subsequent search, officers located a .357 magnum revolver with the serial numbers removed, as well as ammunition for the firearm.

Williams was arraigned May 30 on felony charges of violating a 10-year firearm prohibition, possession of ammunition by persons prohibited from possessing a firearm and resisting arrest. His next hearing will be June 4 in East Division Superior Court in Ridgecrest. He also has other hearings scheduled related to probation violations on other cases.

Ridgecrest police request assistance from the public on identifying the owner of the revolver, a “Dakota” .357 magnum, brown-and-gold-colored, with wooden grips.

If you have information about the revolver and/or the possible owner, please call the Ridgecrest Police Department at 760-499-5100.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05