Two Eatonton men were arrested when one of them reportedly purchased a gun and provided it to the other, who was a convicted felon.
Dwy’Tarius Sanders, 22, of Clopton Drive, Eatonton, was charged Monday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon-party to a crime, and Damien Bernard Jones, 27, of Alice Walker Drive, Eatonton, was charged Friday, Aug. 24 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to reports from Eatonton Police Department.
Investigator Howell Cardwell said the police department received complaints of a group of people possibly involved in illegal activity in a yard on Agnes Drive. When he went to check out the complaint, he saw 10 to 12 people out front and when he drove by, several men ran to the other side of the house. Cardwell stated in his report that he did not stop, but instead called EPD officers Harold “Buddy” Bowman and Dillon Waldroup to help him.
The men had returned to the yard, but reportedly ran again when they saw the officers. Cardwell and Waldroup stopped one man, later identified as Jones. When the officers “patted him down for safety purposes,” according to the report, they found a clip for a 9mm firearm. They also found a Taurus 9mm pistol in an undisclosed location.
A receipt from A-1 Action Cash pawnshop in Jones’ pocket revealed the gun was purchased by Sanders. A criminal check on Jones showed he had numerous felony convictions, according to the report, so a warrant was obtained for his arrest.