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Video: Wanted suspect hiding in trunk attacks officer when car pulled over


A wanted man with a toy gun hiding in the trunk of his mom’s car refused to be arrested on a felony warrant Monday night in Lewiston, requiring police to tackle and detain him. Two officers received minor injuries in the scuffle.

Jesse W. Harrell, 20, was arrested for resisting officers, battery on officers and carrying a concealed weapon. A pair of brass knuckles were allegedly seized by jail deputies after Harrell’s arrest. He is in the Nez Perce County Jail on a $30,000 bond for an unrelated aggravated assault charge.

His mother, Angelia Barnett-Harrell, 47, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and harboring a wanted person. She was released from jail on her own recognizance.

Lewiston police were surveilling a house around 8 p.m. Monday in an effort to apprehend the 20-year-old, who was wanted for felony assault and for allegedly causing $8,000 damage to a Clearwater River Casino slot machine. Officers stopped an unlicensed green sedan driven by Barnett-Harrell on 16th Avenue when a police officer noticed the car’s trunk compartment was open. He asked the driver if her son was in the trunk and she screamed that her son was carrying a toy gun, and “Don’t shoot him,” according to a police report.

Jesse Harrell allegedly popped out of the trunk holding what appeared to be a replica 1911 semiautomatic pistol and attempted to bolt as Lewiston Police Officer Tom Woods tackled him. Another officer, Tyler Bollman, helped restrain the suspect, who allegedly attempted to kick, bite, spit on and punch the officers. Both Woods and Bollman suffered minor injuries. Bollman reported a laceration on his hand and Woods suffered a sprained finger. Bollman got a tetanus shot at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after the incident.

While she was being booked into the Nez Perce County Jail, detention deputies allegedly found a bag of methamphetamine among Barnett-Harrell’s possessions.

Harrell’s next court appearance in Lewiston’s Magistrate Court on the aggravated battery charge is Monday. Barnett-Harrell’s next court appearance is Dec. 5 in Lewiston.

Bartholdt can be contacted at rbartholdt@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2275.


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  1. You’ve got to be kidding me. More officers afraid to shoot when they should have. The MOTHER of the FELON in question, who is HIDING a known FUGITIVE, and is a DRUG ADDICT, says her son is carrying a fake gun. FUCK YOU. The gun is real until it’s secured in an evidence bag. He should have been shot as soon as he popped out of the trunk with it in his hand.


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