COLUMBIA — Ten adults and one juvenile have been arrested since Monday by a task force aimed at combating gang activities, Columbia police said Thursday.
The task force is made up of Columbia Police Department officers, Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies, FBI agents and Boone County Juvenile Office representatives, police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.
Stroer said the crackdown was in response to reports of shots fired and other suspected gang-related activities in Columbia over the past three weeks.
The task force arrested four people Monday, one Tuesday and six Wednesday. In addition, the force recovered five guns — two of which were reported stolen — marijuana, ecstasy, PCP and crack cocaine.
Stroer said she could not say how many of those arrested were actually involved with gangs. She did say police had reason to believe some of the suspects arrested were in contact with “known gang members.” A known gang member might be a person who has been identified by others or has self-identified as being involved with a gang, Stroer said.
Three of the four men arrested Monday were at a house in the 5100 block of Rice Road, Stroer said. The fourth, Keith Cortez Brim, was arrested at a traffic stop on Rice Road.
According to a Columbia Police Department news release, one of the arrests at the house on Rice Road happened after police pulled over a man for a traffic stop about 8 p.m. Jordan Montez Wisley pulled into the driveway of the house and retrieved a handgun from his car before resisting arrest by running inside the house through an open garage door, according to police. Wisley then tried to escape through the back door but was stopped by an officer, police reported.
While Wisley was crouching on the ground, the sergeant was bitten by a pit bull, according to the release. Meanwhile, police reported, Wisley threw his gun in the yard and ran back into the house, where he was finally arrested.
The sergeant who was attacked by the pit bull had minor injuries on his arm. Animal Control took the dog into custody, according to the release.
Stroer said the task force investigation is ongoing, and police are requesting that anyone with information call CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS.
The following arrests have been made since Monday:
Keith Cortez Brim, 24, of Kansas City: Cortez was arrested at a traffic stop on Rice Road on suspicion of resisting arrest, one count of distributing, manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and driving with a revoked license on a total bond of $21,000. Cortez bonded out of jail Tuesday.
Donte Rayman Hardy, 22, of Columbia: Hardy was arrested at a house in the 5100 block of Rice Road on suspicion of a failure to appear for an original charge of driving without a license. Hardy was being held in Boone County Jail.
Rodney Wayne Arnold Jr., 26, of Columbia: Arnold was arrested at a house in the 5100 block of Rice Road. The house is listed as his residence, Stroer said. Arnold was arrested on suspicion of two counts of distributing, manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. He bonded out of jail for $5,000.
Jordan Montez Wisley, 2o, of Columbia: Wisley was arrested at a house in the 5100 block of Rice Road on suspicion of receiving a stolen handgun, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and the unlawful use of a weapon. He was being held at the Boone County Jail on a $14,000 total bond.
Aaron Harris, 18, of Columbia: Harris was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant of obstructing a court order.
Darryl Jackson, 28, of Columbia: Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving with suspended license. He was released after a summons and has been given a court date, Stroer said.
Ryan Washington, 27, of Columbia: Washington was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. He was released after a summons and has been given a court date, Stroer said.
Shontia Conner, 25, of Columbia: Conner was arrested by Sheriff's Department deputies on Rogers and Fifth streets. She was arrested on an out-of-county warrant from Montgomery County for failing to appear on a charge of driving while her license was revoked. Conner bonded out of jail for $1,000.
Biagia Davenport, 19, of Columbia: Davenport was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for stealing. He was arrested at Park Avenue and Eighth Street after a traffic stop. Davenport was being held at Boone County Jail on a $500 bond.
Juvenile male, 16, of Columbia: The youth was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana. He was in custody of the Columbia Division of Youth Services.
Lester Fehling, 28, of Boonville: Fehling was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest. He is being held at Boone County Jail on a $13,500 total bond.