CPS Removes Two Children From Scene
By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Reggie Lynn Owens, 32, and Tekedrah Colter, 23, were booked into the Houston County Jail on Saturday, Sept. 20 after Crockett police officers allegedly found marijuana, a $1,120 in cash and two small children in their apartment on George Briggs St.
CPD officers went to the apartment on Friday, Sept. 19, to investigate reported illegal drug use and sales, CPD Chief David "Buddy" Cross reported.
Officers met outside with Owens, the renter of the apartment, and immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment and questioned Owens about searching his apartment, Cross stated in a press release issued Monday, Sept. 22.
"Owens began evading the officers and ran towards his apartment in an attempt to destroy the evidence before officers had time to collect it via a search warrant," Cross stated. "Officers pursued him and attempted to detain him and prevent him from destroying the evidence.
"Owens (allegedly) began assaulting officers by striking a PD officer in the face multiple times with his fist. Officers defended themselves and had to deploy a Taser to get Owens into custody."
Inside the residence, police reported finding Colter and Owens' two children, ages 17 months and 8 years.
After obtaining a search warrant, police officers recovered a large amount of marijuana, scales and $1,120 in cash.
During the search, marijuana was found throughout the residence, near children's toys, food, and within reach of the children, Cross alleged.
CPS was contacted, came to the scene and placed the two children with relatives and initiated their investigation into the illegal drug use by Owens around the two children.
A CPD officer was treated for injuries to his face and finger at the ETMC Crockett emergency room as a result of the assault, Cross reported.
Colter, was charged with Possession of Marijuana => 4 ounces < 5 pounds, a State Jail Felony.
Owens, was charged with the following:
• Possession of Marijuana => 4 ounces < 5 pounds (SJF);
• Evading Arrest or Detention with Previous Conviction (SJF);
• Resting Arrest, Search or Transport (MA);
• Assault on a Public Servant (F3);
• Abandoning or Endangering a Child ( SJF).
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty by due process of law.