Donrickus Stewart, 27, of Anniston, was arrested on the 1000 block of 15th Street this afternoon, according to Anniston police Capt. Allen George. George said Anniston police had warrant for Stewart’s arrest on charges of failure to appear and driving with a suspended license. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office had two warrants for his arrest on charges of possessing or receiving a controlled substance, George said.
Anniston police had searched for Stewart for a while, George said. Online court records show a failure to appear warrant was issued March 7 for a charge of driving under the influence.
George said patrol officers spotted Stewart walking in the area this afternoon, and he fled on foot. The officers gave chase, and Stewart ran into a house on 15th Street.
George said several officers surrounded the home, and a negotiator tried to convince Stewart to come outside. Stewart’s mother arrived at the scene, the captain said, and police restrained her from running into the home.
Several officers entered the house, with their firearms drawn, and discovered a woman sleeping inside, George said. The woman was taken outside and an officer discovered Stewart was hiding in the crawl space under the home.
Police were about to use tear gas in the home, George said, when Stewart told police he would cooperate.
Stewart was taken to the Anniston City Jail, George said, and was charged with attempting to elude police, he said.
George estimated around 40 people were outside the house this afternoon. The captain said it’s not unusual for a crowd of people to gather around a home where police cars are parked.
Nine police cars responded to the call. By the time a reporter arrived on scene, about 20 onlookers were gathered near the intersection.
Jonita Johnson, who said she’s Stewart’s sister, said police were using excessive force during the incident. She said officers pushed her mother when they entered the home and had their guns drawn despite the fact that her brother was unarmed.
George, who confirmed that Stewart was unarmed, said this afternoon that it’s protocol for police to have their firearms drawn for incidents such as today’s standoff. Stewart’s mother was able to talk to her son after police apprehended him, George said, and took some of his property before he went to jail.
Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star. Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy contributed to this report.