Pair cited for obstruction
City police cited a man and a juvenile for obstruction of justice after a foot chase early Sunday.
Officers were called to the Sunny Estates Drive area about 2:10 a.m. for a report of a prowler. An officer spotted a male holding a bag in between two houses, reports said.
The officer told the man to stop, but he ran instead through several backyards and to a house on the corner of Spruce Street and Roosevelt Avenue and ran through a group of people on the patio into the house, reports said.
When police asked where the man was, the people on the patio denied seeing him at all, reports said. One of them, Theodore Sloban III, 23, of Bonnie Brae Avenue, said no one ran into the home, and he blocked officers several times from looking inside the home, reports said.
Police set up a perimeter and got permission from the homeowner, who is Sloban’s brother-in-law, to search the home, reports said. Sloban then went in the house and came back and told officers someone was inside but that person left, so police should also leave, reports said.
Sloban went inside with police when they searched, and officers found a juvenile hiding in a closet, reports said. The juvenile was arrested for obstruction of justice and a curfew violation.
Sloban was arrested for obstruction of justice because he allowed the juvenile inside the home and lied to police, reports said.