2 men involved in thwarting drug arrest now in custody

March 29, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they have arrested a suspected drug dealer who previously avoided capture after a group of people threatened to harm a police officer attempting to take the suspect into custody.

Authorities say 31-year-old Robert Gates was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and escape. Thirty-year-old Anthony James was charged with felony aggravated assault of a police officer, escape and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Two officers on March 17 observed a drug transaction and moved to make an arrest. As one officer worked to control a gathering crowd and pursue a man who fled with a bundle of drugs, his partner was surrounded by a group of people. The group “implied that they had weapons” and threatened the lone officer. The officer backed away and Gates ran away, police said.

It wasn’t immediately known if Gates or James has legal representation.