STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford officers are in mid-football season shape: They tackled two men who ran after a suspected drug deal in a city park Tuesday night, police said.
Christopher Purvis, 18, of 77 Pequot Drive, and Lamous Eaddy, 53, of 127 Myano Lane, were each charged with possession of narcotics and resisting arrest. Purvis was also charged with selling and possession of drugs within 1,500 feet of a public housing complex. Purvis is also facing assault charges in connection with a July 13 incident in which he attacked his 22-year-old girlfriend twice, police said.
The Tuesday incident began when Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad officers went to Hatch Field Park located between Richmond Hill Avenue and West Main Street on complaints by neighbors of drug dealing, police said.
Officers on surveillance saw Eaddy walk into the park and engage in a transaction with Purvis at about 6:30 p.m., police said. Officers didn't want to tip off Purvis so they discretely followed Eaddy, police said.
Eaddy figured out he was being followed, began to run and appeared to toss something away, police said. But he didn't get far as he was tackled to the ground by an officer, police said.
A small amount of crack cocaine was found in his possession and a small amount of crack cocaine was found nearby that officers believe he tossed away, said Capt. Richard Conklin.
The officers returned to the park but discovered Purvis had already left, police said.
But officers drove up to him as he was walking down West Main Street south of Ann Street, police said. When Purvis saw the police, he sprinted away but was also tackled by officers a short distance away, police said.
Police said he had $583 in cash in his possession along with a small amount of crack cocaine, Conklin said.
After getting a search warrant for a second residence that Purvis uses at 28 Perry St., Apt. 7I, police discovered 13.2 grams of cocaine in a jacket and bureau drawer as well as about $600 in cash, Conklin said. The drugs are worth about $2,000, he said.
Bond for Purvis was set at $75,000. He was scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday on the domestic abuse incident and Aug. 26 in the drug charges.
Court information for Eaddy was not available.