Wanted Georgia man arrested in Stafford
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A man wanted on armed robbery-related charges in Georgia was apprehended in Stafford County early Sunday after he and others were found in a vehicle full of marijuana smoke, police said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said deputies Gregory Gabrielli and Jason Kreider were on foot in the area of Motel 6 at 401 Warrenton Road when they noticed three people in a vehicle right outside the front office.
The deputies walked to the car, which was running, and smelled a strong odor of marijuana, Kennedy said. They asked for identification, but the man in the back seat said he didn’t have one. He gave police what turned out to be a phony name and said he couldn’t remember his Social Security number.
After seeing evidence of what appeared to be drug activity in the back seat, the deputies asked the man to step out of the back of the vehicle.
Once the man got out of the car, the man cursed at the deputies and tried to run, but Gabrielli quickly caught him and took him during the ground.
The man struggled with Gabrielle, but abruptly stopped after the deputy drew his stun gun. The Taser was not used, and the man began lamenting about all the trouble he was in.
Kennedy said he told deputies he had given them a phony name, but initially refused to give his real name.
He was eventually identified as 21-year-old Tourae D. Mack, who is wanted in Georgia on a probation violation stemming from an armed robbery charge.
During a subsequent search, a gun in a brown leather holster was found in one pocket and a bag of marijuana was found in another.
Mack was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, giving false identification to law enforcement, possessing a firearm as a felon and obstruction of justice.
He was issued a warrant for the Georgia probation violation charge and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
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