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Man wanted in Westport captured in Fairfield

Published 12:34 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Jelani Lemon, 21, of Bridgeport, is facing weapons charges. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    Jelani Lemon, 21, of Bridgeport, is facing weapons charges. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A Bridgeport man sought by Westport police, who authorities said was known to deal in weapons and narcotics, was taken into custody in a Fairfield parking lot Thursday night.

Fairfield police said they were actively looking for Jelani Lemon, 21, after receiving word from Westport police that he was wanted by that department for failure to appear in court and was likely armed.

When officers first spotted Lemon's Pontiac Grand Am in the parking lot in the Tunxis Hill section of Fairfield, it was unoccupied, but he returned around 10 p.m., according to the Fairfield police report. Lemon got into the car, and officers ordered him out and to the ground at gunpoint.

In his front pants pocket, police said they found a .32-caliber handgun. A large, straight-blade knife was found in a clip-on case at the small of his back, according to the report.

There were .45-caliber bullets on the floor of the car, and a spent shell casing from a .40-caliber bullet on the driver's seat, police said. In the trunk, police found 9-mm hollow point bullets, according to the report.

While at police headquarters, police said Lemon was combative and tried to swallow some pills he had concealed. He was subdued with stun gun, according to the report, and an officer was able to retrieve a Xanax from Lemon's mouth.

Lemon, held on a $100,000 bond, was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, two counts of weapons in a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and interfering with an officer.

Lemon lives on Rosedale Street and was scheduled to have been arraigned Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.