Robbery, narcotics suspects investigated
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2013 | 2139 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 6th Street resident noticed a man dragging a cooler down the street early Saturday morning, raising suspicion.

According to a report filed by deputy Matthew Parris of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he responded to a burglary call and spoke with Jeff Wilson.

Wilson told the deputy he went to inspect his outbuilding after observing the man earlier.

Wilson found forced entry to the outbuilding.

The suspect left key evidence at the scene.

Evidence was collected and provided to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Missing from the building was a Troy-Bilt weed cutter.

The value of the weed cutter was $200.

- According to a report filed by deputy Daniel Marlow, a Benton Pike resident said a man attempted to rob him and he fought back.

Edward Bettis said he was approached Saturday by a black male who demanded his wallet. The incident occurred near Bettis’ home.

Bettis told the deputy he didn’t have a wallet to give and conveyed that to the suspect as well.

According to the report, Bettis then struck the suspect “right in the mouth.”

Deputies combed the area looking for the suspect after notification of the robbery attempt, but could not find him.

Bettis described the suspect as wearing jeans and a white tank top. The suspect also allegedly brandished a knife during the attempted robbery.

- Two men were arrested on suspected narcotics violations in two separate incidents

Both arrests took place late last week.

According to a report filed by deputy David Michaels, he took Charles Lattuca III, 36, into custody after finding pills and suspected marijuana inside his vehicle.

Michaels had performed a traffic stop because the driver of the vehicle had reportedly failed to maintain the correct lane of travel on Benton Pike.

Lattuca gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle and Michaels located what he believed was Carisoprodol, a Schedule IV narcotic.

He also found a small baggie of suspected marijuana.

Latucca was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule IV narcotics, as well as failure to maintain correct lane.

In a separate incident, deputy Cordus Waller took Andy Rittenhouse, 22, into custody Friday after he reportedly found suspected crystal meth inside his vehicle. The deputy observed that a passenger inside the vehicle wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

During a traffic stop, the deputy learned Rittenhouse’s driver’s license had been suspended and he was on probation for past drug violations.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, Waller located the suspected methamphetamine wedged between the driver’s seat and center console.

Rittenhouse was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail where he was booked on driving on a suspended license and simple possession of meth.