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Juvenile Crime Task Force Officers Arrest 18-Year-Old Already on Probation on New Gun and Evading Arrest Charges

8/15/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An 18-year-old already on three years supervised probation for auto theft and auto burglary convictions is now facing felony evading arrest and gun charges after he sped away from Juvenile Crime Task Force officers late Friday night.

Jalem Buford was behind the wheel of a Hyundai Sonata when he ran a stop light at Brick Church Pike & Ewing Drive. A task officer saw him do it and attempted to stop the Sonata. Buford sped away. Officers did not pursue the car, instead asking an MNPD helicopter crew already in the area to monitor the Sonata from the air. The car pulled into an apartment complex on Creekwood Drive. Buford and his three passengers all bailed and ran. Officers caught up with all four. A fully loaded Glock .45-caliber pistol was found along Buford’s path. An AK-47 style pistol was recovered after it was discarded by a 16-year-old passenger.

Buford is charged with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, evading arrest, marijuana possession and driving without a license. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $8,000. He has been released from jail.

The 16-year-old was charged at juvenile detention with unlawful gun possession, evading arrest and marijuana possession. Two 17-year-old passengers were charged with evading police.

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Jalem Buford, 18

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