Cops: Pot deal goes bad when buyers try to rob seller
Published 2:27 pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2013
A Fairfield teen who police said was trying to sell marijuana in a town park was arrested along with three would-be customers after the alleged dealer reported the trio tried to rob him at gunpoint Monday night.
Patrick Mimms, 18, of Rock Ridge Road, called police after a 17-year-old Fairfield resident, who was with two other people, pointed a weapon at his head and demanded marijuana from Mimms, according to the report.
Mimms and the three young men had met at Palamar Park on Palamar Drive for the drug deal shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, police said.
Mimms gave police the name of the 17-year-old, who lives on York Road, and officers went to his house just as the teen and two accomplices, identified by police as Zoahib Zahid Qureshi, 20, of North Taylor Avenue in Norwalk, and Kadeem St. Christopher Mundle, 20, of Black Rock Turnpike, were getting out of the car, according to the report.
The name of the 17-year-old was not released by police because he is considered a juvenile under state law.
"We spoke to Mr. Mimms, and while speaking to Mr. Mimms, we found he had in his possession rolling papers and 2.4 ounces of marijuana, as well as a counterfeit identification," said Police Chief Gary MacNamara. "What we determined was that Mr. Mimms was dealing in marijuana and these three individuals had arranged to purchase marijuana from Mr. Mimms."
"What Mr. Mimms was unaware of was rather than purchase it, these three individuals were going to rob him of the marijuana," MacNamara told the Fairfield Citizen. "This was a robbery. However, it was initially started as a drug deal orchestrated by Mr. Mimms."
Police Lt. James Perez said the 17-year-old pointed a pellet gun that resembled a Glock handgun at Mimms' head and told him to turn over the "stuff." Mimms feld, and while two of the customers chased him, they discarded the gun during the chase, Perez said.
The pellet gun was found in a yard on Palamar Drive after a search by police and firefighters. MacNamara said police called firefighters for assistance in finding the weapon because of the possibility that a child in the neighborhood might find it.
MacNamara said the three would-be customers initially tried to give Mimms counterfeit money to purchase the marijuana, but Mimms was able to tell the money was counterfeit and wouldn't turn over the pot.
The York Road 17-year-old was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, carrying a pistol without a permit and breach of peace. He was released on a promise to appear June 3 in Bridgeport Superior Court, police said.
Qureshi, who had baggies and a half-gram of marijuana at the time he was arrested, police said, was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court June 4, police said. MacNamara said Qureshi had previously been arrested on robbery and burglary charges.
Mundle was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. He was released on $1,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court June 4, police said.
Mimms was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released on $1,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on June 4, police said.
Perez said it wasn't that unusual for someone who is breaking the law to call police when he becomes a victim of crime. He said the wrong perpetrated against that person overrides the concern that he also might be arrested. "It's a phenomenon that occurs more often than you think," he said. "It's a very terrifying experience to have a gun pointed at you."
MacNamara praised fast action by patrol officers in locating the three accused assailants and the firefighters for helping police to search for the weapon.