The Charleston Police Department says they arrested four people and are still looking for another man after a police pursuit in the city this afternoon.
On Monday, October 8th, 2018 at around 3 PM, a woman called 911 to report she was near 1000 block of 6th Street on the West Side of Charleston and was being followed by a black Chevrolet Malibu occupied by three black men who had brandished a handgun.
Police say the woman said was a relative of Timothy Rush, the victim of the Gold Dome homicide on September 30th, 2018, and she believed her being followed was related to the murder.
A short time later, the Malibu was seen by a Charleston Police officer in the area of Main Street and Russell Street. It was occupied by three black men.
Charleston police say they attempted to do a traffic stop was but the driver fled in the vehicle. While fleeing, two firearms were thrown out of the vehicle. Police say everyone bailed from the Malibu and ran away in the area of Central Avenue and Main Street.
Officers apprehended 2 of the men outside and one ran into a residence in the 900 block of Central Avenue where he was apprehended. All three were placed under arrest.
While at the residence, a fourth man unrelated to the initial incident obstructed officers and was placed under arrest. The two firearms thrown out of the suspect vehicle were recovered by officers.
The suspects in the Malibu that were arrested were: Driver, Devin Sanaris, 22, Adrian Ross, 23, and Clarence Haley, 32. Police say their specific charges will be released at a later time. The fourth person arrested was Lohmed Thomas, 34. He was charged with Interfering with City Officers and he does not appear to be related to the initial incident.
Joseph Lucas is still wanted for the first-degree murder in the shooting death of Timothy Rush at the Gold Dome. At this time, police say the relationship between Lucas and the men arrested in today’s incident is unknown.
Anyone with information regarding Lucas’ whereabouts or about today’s incident is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.