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June 18, 2014

City man jailed upon hospital release

— CUMBERLAND — A city man injured when police responded to a complaint June 11 was jailed Wednesday after being released from the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Rodricus Marquees Wilkes, 26, was transported to the Cumberland Police Department for arrest processing after he was released from the hospital.

Wilkes was charged by an arrest warrant with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, CDS possession other than marijuana, CDS possession of marijuana under 10 grams, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.

Following a bond hearing by a district court commissioner, Wilkes was placed in the Allegany County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, pending bail review in district court.

On June 11 around 9:10 p.m., Cumberland Police received a call from a citizen about a possible drug deal taking place on Charles Street. The caller provided a description of the vehicle and advised they could hear two men arguing over the price of heroin.

The officer observed the driver holding a plastic baggie with numerous capsules of different colors inside.

Police said the driver — later identified as Wilkes —  attempted to conceal the baggie under his leg. When ordered to turn off the vehicle and step out, he refused to do so, police said. The driver was asked again to step out at which time he started to reach under the front seat. The officer, fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, opened the unlocked door and pulled him from the vehicle. The driver allegedly pushed the officer, broke free from his grip and took off running.  

The officer gave chase, ordering Wilkes to stop, police said. The officer then observed Wilkes reaching into his waistband as he continued running. The officer deployed his Taser and Wilkes fell to the ground, striking his head on the sidewalk. The officer called for an ambulance and Wilkes was taken to the hospital.

Nineteen capsules of suspected heroin, with a street value of approximately $1,500, were found in Wilkes’ hand, police said. A small amount of suspected marijuana was located in the vehicle once it was searched, police said.

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