Rockdale County deputies serving a warrant at the Bridlewood Apartments ended up arresting a Conyers man on an unrelated charge after the smell of marijuana led to the attempted escape and fight with the suspect. Deputies also arrested the suspect's girlfriend after she became involved in the physical altercation as well.
On Saturday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., three deputies arrived to the Bridlewood Apartments to serve a warrant for a suspect, who they did not find. However, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office reports, the deputies could smell raw marijuana in the breezeway of the apartment.
One deputy spoke with a man on the second floor of the apartment complex and instructed him to come down to the ground floor. "The subject refused and attempted to run into a second floor apartment," wrote a reporting deputy.
The deputies were able to catch up to a black male on the second floor, identified as Lesario Jamaro Reid, 30, and tried to subdue him to the ground. A female, later identified as Lawshawn Thornton, was "running around us yelling and screaming."
After about two minutes of struggling, the deputies were able to put handcuffs on Reid.
"After Mr. Reid was cuffed, he continued to struggle, digging a marijuana cigarette out of his pocket. I took his hand and forced it open," wrote the deputy.
Thornton then attempted to pull Reid away from the deputies and was herself reportedly put under arrest.
As Reid was patted down before being placed in the patrol car, a deputy found he was holding something in his right hand.
"When I tried to get it out of his hand, he dropped a white baggie and kicked ime in the upper leg. As his foot came down on the bag, he stomped deliberately on the bag and tore it, scattering a white powder on the asphalt next to my patrol vehicle," wrote the deputy. "I delivered one, closed-fist strike to the subject's ribs, and yelled for him to stop trying to kick me in the groin."
Reid's charges included felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction, posession of cocaine and marijuana and tampering with evidence.
Reid was booked into the Rockdale County Jail where deputies discovered two warrants for stalking and criminal damage to property in the second degree. He was still in jail as of Monday.
Thornton was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and released from the Rockdale County jail Monday.