Weapons factor into Feb. 6 incidents
By Traci Chapman
The evening of Feb. 6 was a busy one for Mustang police dealing with two alleged crime scenes involving “heavy weaponry.”
The first call came in at 5:46 p.m., when officers were called to a home in the 200 block of West Pines Way, Mustang Police Chief Chuck Foley said. Residents at the home said there was a knock at the door and when they opened the door, two black males allegedly forced their way into the house.
“One of the suspects was armed with an assault rifle, the other carried a handgun,” Foley said.
The suspects – Toron Corai Jermaine Hayes, 22, and a 16-year-old juvenile – then demanded money, allegedly taking cash, cell phones and video games worth almost $6,550, the chief said. They left the scene in a black Honda, which was traced to an apartment in the 9100 block of South Shartel in Oklahoma City. The search allegedly turned up property stolen from the Mustang home, as well as the assault rifle, the chief said.
“With the assistance of an Oklahoma City Impact Unit, we were able to get a search warrant served and both suspects were located and arrested,” Foley said.
According to police reports, the pair was arrested on complains of robbery with a firearm, weapon used in the commission of a felony and conspiracy. No charges had yet been filed against Hayes as of Tuesday, according to the Oklahoma State Courts Network, and prosecutors said they were not sure when that would be done; they said Tuesday they were working for an order allowing them to charge the juvenile as an adult. Both suspects were identified as Oklahoma City residents, officials said.
The second incident occurred in Mustang WalMart parking lot, when officers were dispatched on a report of shots fired there. Just after 9 p.m. as police were heading to investigate, Mustang dispatch received information a silver Dodge Charger was seen traveling eastbound on East state Highway 152. An officer then spotted what was believed to be the same vehicle near Highway 152 and County Line Road, Foley said.
“The officer attempted to pull the subject over, but he increased his speed and the officer was forced to activate his emergency lights and pursue him,” the chief said.
The chase lasted for several miles, crossing into Oklahoma City limits, and Oklahoma City Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol was also involved in the pursuit, Foley said. Stop sticks eventually deflated the front tires of the car near Interstate 40 and Council Road, the chief said.
The alleged suspect was identified as Justin Smallwood, 29, also of Oklahoma City. After he was stopped, Foley said investigators uncovered an “arsenal” in his car, including an automatic weapon, tactical vest with “several fully loaded magazines” and two loaded pistols, allegedly found on the vehicle’s passenger seat.
Two felony counts – use of a vehicle to discharge a weapon and attempting to elude a police officer – were filed Feb. 7 against Smallwood. If convicted, the Oklahoma City man could face between two years to life on the first charge and one to five years and a maximum $5,000 fine on the second. No hearings have yet been set in the case, assigned to Canadian County District Court Judge Gary Miller.