Orange Post-it leads to arrest
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD — On Oct. 20 the owner of a Marshfield sports shop contacted the Marshfield Police Department regarding a situation that occurred two days earlier.
A male entered the store on Oct. 18 and asked what the cheapest gun was that the owner had in stock. The owner wrote down the make and model of the lowest-priced handgun on an orange Post-it note.
On Oct. 20 a woman came into the store, presented the exact Post-it note that the owner had given to the man, and asked to purchase that particular handgun.
When the shop owner asked the woman if she was purchasing the gun for herself or someone else, she said that she was purchasing it for herself. The owner then asked her to point the gun out, and she was unable to identify it.
The store owner had the woman fill out an application but did not sell her the gun.
According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 21 officers went to the residence of the woman listed on the application. Approaching the residence, officers identified the woman as well as the man they believed to be the original recipient of the Post-it note, who quickly left the home.
After questioning, the woman admitted that she went to purchase the gun for the man who had asked about it, identified as Darrius K. Williams, 27, of Marshfield.
While officers were speaking to the woman, a black four-door sedan stopped by the residence. The driver inquired on what was happening and quickly left.
Officers later observed the vehicle traveling on Adams Street and shortly thereafter located Williams walking south on Adams Street.
When police attempted to make contact with him, Williams allegedly kept walking. After multiple times trying to get him to stop, Williams approached and threw a bag into the waiting sedan. Unable to subdue him, officers discharged an electronic control device to try to keep him from entering the vehicle.
Williams was detained, and the driver of the vehicle said the bag belonged to Williams. Court records state that the bag contained a .22 caliber revolver, a green leafy substance later identified as THC, and a digital scale.
With prior felony convictions in Oneida and Lincoln counties, Williams was not to possess a firearm.
Williams was charged in Wood County Court with possession of a firearm as a repeat offender, a class G felony that could result in a $25,000 fine and/or 10 years imprisonment if convicted, and possession of THC, second offense and higher, a class I felony that has a penalty of up to $10,000 in fines and three years and six months imprisonment if found guilty.
Williams also received misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.