MERIDEN — Four men face charges after members of the SWAT and detective divisions served a search warrant at a home on James Street Tuesday night. The men fled in a car and struck the SWAT van and two police cruisers, injuring an officer, according to police.
Trevor Outlaw, 32, of 98 Horton Ave., was charged with narcotics possession, possession with intent to sell, operating a drug factory, first-degree reckless endangerment, assault on a police officer, second-degree assault, interfering with police, criminal attempt to commit assault on a police officer, criminal possession of ammunition, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving under suspension.
Cequan Goodman, 24, of 3 James St., was charged with interfering with an officer, and criminal possession of ammunition.
Charles Goodman, 25, of 227 Metacomet Drive, was charged with interfering with an officer and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.
Junior Hernandez-Bautista, 21, of 32 Cook Ave., was charged with interfering with an investigation.
Police obtained a search and seizure warrant for 3 James St. after an investigation into illegal firearms being stored at the home by Cequan Goodman, according to a police report. Cequan Goodman and Outlaw are known gang members, the report said.
As police arrived to serve the search warrant, several men were seen leaving the home and getting into a car. As members of the SWAT team were exiting the van, the car, driven by Outlaw, crashed into the rear door of the van then continued on and struck the two cruisers, the report said. One officer reported injuries, but the details were not immediately available.
Police took the four occupants of the vehicle into custody. Cequan Goodman was identified as the front seat passenger, Charles Goodman and Hernandez-Bautista were in the rear seat. Police searched the men and car and seized crack cocaine, marijuana, a prescription pill, and $872 in cash, the report said.
Police searched 3 James St. and seized a 4.5 mm Marksman BB gun, Colt 1911 Target Airsoft gun, seven rounds of .25 caliber ammunition, crack cocaine, seven .45 caliber rounds of ammunition, and a box containing empty wax folds.
Charles Goodman and Hernandez-Bautista posted bond and are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 23.
Cequan Goodman was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. According to statements in court, he has previous convictions including robbery, assault, strangulation, and threatening. The judge set bond at a total of $330,000.
Outlaw was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to statements in court, he has previous drug convictions. The judge set bond at a total of $300,000 and continued the case to Jan. 6. The judge ordered that the bond can only be posted at court. If he posts bond he cannot leave his residence and will be subject to electronic monitoring.
On Friday police said they recovered a firearm in connection with the incident. The possession of the weapon is being investigated. No other information about that firearm was available.