Charges coming against 3 in Circle K standoff

April 02, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial County Sheriff's Office will be filing complaints with the District Attorney's Office against three Imperial residents who holed up in a convenience store bathroom until coaxed out by law enforcement officers here Friday night.

County Sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Garcia said Frank Lee Woodard, 20, Christopher Lee Evans, 20, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested about 9:45 p.m. for possession of a narcotic, possession of a narcotic for sale, transportation of a narcotic and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The suspects are alleged to have been in possession of seven small bags of marijuana.

They were arrested inside the Circle K convenience store on Barioni Boulevard and Highway 86 in Imperial.

According to reports, the three suspects were alleged to be speeding in a silver sport-utility vehicle north of Imperial by county Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Pennington.

Pennington followed the suspects through Imperial as he did a check of the plates of the SUV. Information came back that the vehicle was stolen.


Pennington continued to follow the vehicle until backup could arrive. He conducted a traffic stop in front of Circle K.

The driver of the stolen vehicle parked in the convenience store parking lot and all three suspects calmly walked into the men's bathroom inside the store.

While the suspects were in the bathroom three Sheriff's Office units, four California Highway Patrol vehicles, two El Centro Police Department units and one Imperial police car arrived at the convenience store to back up Pennington.

The three suspects were ordered out of the bathroom and taken into custody.

Garcia said the seven bags of marijuana were found inside the bathroom. He added it is possible the suspects might have flushed more narcotics down the toilet.

The vehicle was reported to be connected with an armed robbery in Riverside County but sheriff's investigators don't known if the three suspects are involved in that incident.

Garcia said an investigator from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be interviewing the suspects.

Woodard and Evans were being held in the county jail today with bail set at $10,000 each while the juvenile was being held at juvenile hall.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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