Clanton man faces multiple charges after incident with police

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Clanton man faces multiple charges including possession of marijuana, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor after an arrest Sunday.

The Clanton Police Department responded to the 1400 Block of Fourth Avenue South to a call for service where a victim reported that he had been assaulted by three males with weapons.

“Basically what you had was a victim who got into a verbal altercation with a female,” CPD Capt. Neil Fetner said. “The female leaves the area of the car and gets her uncle, cousin and another third party, who comes back across the street with guns and a baseball bat, and they commence to beating the window out of the victim’s car and threatening him.”

Fetner said the victim reported that he was sitting inside a vehicle on Fourth Avenue South when three males approached him and “broke out the window” of the vehicle he was sitting in.

The victim also reported that he was struck in the forearm with a baseball bat by one of the attackers and that he was forced out of the vehicle, according to Fetner.

As backup units arrived on scene, a white Chevrolet Tahoe matching the description of the suspect vehicle was observed attempting to leave the area.

CPD officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained a juvenile male.

During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, three firearms, a small amount of marijuana and several pieces of drug paraphernalia were seized, Fetner said.

During the course of the CPD field investigation, two subjects approached the area where the traffic stop was being conducted and it was determined that the two individuals had been involved in the original assault in the 1400 Block of Fourth Ave. S.

Andra Howard, 54, was identified, and said that he was the father of the juvenile who was being detained.

Fetner said Howard stated that he was the owner of the vehicle, firearms and contraband inside the Tahoe.

“Our officers quick response secured the arrest of this individual and allowed us to get these weapons off our streets,” Fetner said.

The victim was offered medical assistance at the scene, but refused.

Howard was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, which is a Class A felony.

Court records show Howard is still in jail and has a preliminary hearing before Chilton County District Judge Rhonda Hardesty on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Chilton County Courthouse.