COLUMBIA — A man was arrested Wednesday after police were called to a trespassing complaint.
Emas C. Bennett, 32, was charged with burglary in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. His bond is set at $500,000.
The trespassing complaint was filed at approximately 3 p.m. when Columbia police arrived on Avatar Court, and at that point, Bennett fled to a nearby residence in the 1500 block of Native Dancer Court, stated a news release from Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Jill Wieneke.
Bennett seemed to have some affiliation with the resident of the home he fled, but "she committed no wrongdoing," Wieneke said.
After his arrest, police searched the resident's home with her permission and found a handgun, cigarettes and candy inside the closest in a bedroom in which Bennett was hiding. The gun was identified as stolen from a vehicle in Columbia in 2009.
Bennett admitted to owning the pack of cigarettes and candy but denied knowledge of the handgun.
Bennett also has several outstanding warrants, and that might have been the reason he ran away from officers in the first place, the news release stated.