Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.
On December 21, 2019, Officers responded to the area just north of the arena for a male with a gun. The incident began when 36 year old Michael J Jordan was using his flashlight to look into a vehicle. He was confronted by the owner of the vehicle and told to leave. Instead of leaving, Jordan approached the female and slapped her in the face. The victim stated that Jordan had a pistol in his hands when he hit her.
The victim’s adult son came charging out to confront Jordan, he was unaware of any gun being used at the time. Jordan took off running and the son chased. He was able to catch up to Jordan and there was a brief struggle. The victim said that Jordan turned around and pointed a gun right at him, telling the son to stop following him or he was going to kill him. Jordan then continued running down the street.
Ofc Christopher Johnson was in the area and observed Jordan running through some houses in the area of Nora and Jefferson. More Officers arrived in the area and set up a containment to prevent Jordan from escaping. Due to the severity of the crime and the risk to not only Officers but also the public, a Police K-9 was utilized to search the area for Jordan. K-9 Haywire was able to locate Jordan hiding on the back porch of a residence and he was taken into custody. Laying under Jordan was a bag, which contained just over 16 grams of Methamphetamine. Jordan was also showing signs of being under the influence of Methamphetamine.
Officers did not locate a gun on Jordan, but did locate an expandable baton. It is unknown if Jordan used that to act as if he had a gun or if he ditched a real gun somewhere in the several blocks that he covered while running.
Jordan was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and booked into jail shortly after. He was charged with 2 counts of felony harassment, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault and possession of drugs.
Jordan is no stranger to being contacted by Police. He has 11 Felony convictions in Washington and more convictions in Idaho. Some of these convictions include:
2 counts Possession of a controlled substance.
2 counts of Possession of a stolen vehicle.
5 counts of Attempting to elude a Police vehicle.
1 count of Possession stolen property.
1 count manufacture/Deliver of controlled substance.
Officer John O'Brien