K-9 captures drug suspect with Chief Williams help

Maumelle’s drug sniffing K-9 Razor caught his man on Friday, Oct. 19 by taking a bite out of him.

Sgt. Dustin Ivey said he turned his sidekick loose on Darius Tyrone Elliott after he ran from officers and refused to stop. The man was later charged with a laundry list of drug related charges and had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with him when he was arrested.

Elliott, 39, of Mount Holly, had been under surveillance, police said and when Ivey and Chief Sam Williams stopped him in the Exxon parking lot, he jumped out of the car and bolted, Ivey said.

When he ran between the Exxon Station and the adjacent car wash, Ivey said he was concerned about civilians in the area and he "activated my canine bail out system which released" Razor, his K-9 partner.

When Elliott ran between nearby office buildings, Razor caught up with him and "bit the suspect in the left arm and took the suspect to the ground," Ivey said.

He said the man got up "with Razor still engaged" so he tackled the man and although he had him on his stomach, Elliott "tried to reach in his waist band," Ivey said.

Williams arrived and handcuffed the man, found a plastic bag with marijuana in it and also found $1,901 in cash in Elliott’s pants pocket, Ivey said.

A witness told police she saw Elliott throw a black bag on top of a nearby roof.

Ivey said Sgt. Cory Pickard retrieved the bag and Ivey said he found a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in it with a loaded clip and a round inside the chamber.

He said three one-ounce bags of marijuana were inside the bag along with "medical" marijuana, hydrocodone pills.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for 52 Windsor Drive and found a set of electric scales, an empty bag of "medical" marijuana, hydrocodone pills and rolling papers.

Elliott was charged with fleeing, possession of firearms by convicted felons, possession of schedule VI controlled substances, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked driver’s license and not wearing a seat belt.

A total of 6.9 grams of marijuana was seized along with the other items — Bersa .45 caliber pistol, electric scales, rolling papers, bags and $1,901 in cash.

Elliott was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention facility where Union County also had a body attachment warrant for non-payment of child support.

Elliott listed his occupation as a barber at the King of Fades on Mabelvale Pike in Little Rock.

Metropolitian Emergency Medical Services was called to treat Elliott but he refused treatment, Ivey said.