A suspect prone to running from police was involved in a double arrest and the seizure of dangerous weapons and illegal substances this past Thursday.
Daniel Marcus Hunter, 32, and Isadore Johnson III, 26, were taken into custody after a detective pursued Hunter into a house in the 200 block of West Street.
A sergeant from the Downtown Precinct had recognized Hunter walking in west Savannah as the subject of a contempt of court warrant just after noon. When he attempted to talk to him, Hunter ran and the detective saw him enter the house on West Street.
After securing backup and permission from the homeowner to search the house, he found both Hunter and Johnson and the guns and drugs. Johnson told officers the guns and drugs — more than a pound of marijuana — belonged to him. The guns included two AK47 assault rifles. One weapon had been reported stolen in Garden City in 2011.
Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a drug related object, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in the commission of a crime.
Hunter, who has been charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer seven times in the past, was charged with obstruction again, along with the contempt of court charge.
• One man has died and another has been arrested after an early-morning shooting in Savannah's Southside.
Marco Cruz, 54, of the 100 block of Tibet Avenue died after being transported by an acquaintance to St. Joseph Hospital with gunshot wounds about 3:13 a.m. this past Sunday.
Homicide detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department charged Venturino Ruiz Suchiapa, 46, of the 10900 block of Queen Ann Court, with murder after Southside Precinct officers saw him driving back to the area of the shooting.
The shooting on Queen Ann Court was reported to have followed a confrontation between the two men.
Anyone with info on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.
• Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Islands Precinct officers are looking for two males suspected to be involved in a series of burglaries and a home invasion.
The first suspect is described as a black male with a very dark complexion and dreadlocks. He is approximately 5-10 with an average build.
The second suspect also is a black male with a very dark complexion and short hair, approximately 5-8 with an average build.
Both suspects were dressed in a dark T-shirt and shorts. They were last seen driving a newer model, black Mazda SUV, bearing a Florida tag, taken during one of the robberies and recently found abandoned on a city street.
Anyone with information on these suspects or the vehicle is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637).
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