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Suspect on probation arrested for Interference, felony Possession

Jashawn Crowley (courtesy of Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. —  An Arizona man is facing a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor, after it was reported that officers found controlled substances on the suspect’s person.

Jashawn M. Crowley, age 23, is listed as a resident of Tucson, Arizona in an affidavit filed in Natrona County Circuit Court on June 1, 2020. Crowley faces charges of felony Possession of Marijuana on a Third or Subsequent Offense and misdemeanor Interference With a Police Officer.

The affidavit goes on to say that just after 12:15 am, May 30, 2020; Casper Police officers were in the parking lot of a business on East 12th Street, and observed what they believed to be a broken window at the business.

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Further investigation revealed the window was not broken but had a cellophane covering, that made the window appear broken.

During the investigation, police say they made contact with two individuals that were sitting in a car in the parking lot. 

During the contact officers spoke with a male who claimed not to have an ID. When asked for a birthdate, the male told officers 2001. When asked to clarify the date, the male then reported a birthdate in 2005.

Police note the male had a beard and a physique that made him appear older than he had claimed.

Officers say that the male was later identified as the 23-year-old Crowley.

The affidavit goes on to say that Crowley admitted to officers that he had smoked “dabs” not long before the police contact. “Dabs,” is a popular term for a marijuana concentrate. Crowley is also said to have admitted he had a pipe in his backpack.

The backpack was reportedly searched, and officers reported finding and seizing a soda can with suspected marijuana wax residue on the bottom. Also located in the backpack was an ID card, confirming Crowley’s age and identity.

Police say that Crowley was found to also have a Failure to Comply warrant through the Casper PD. When confronted with his identity, officers say they attempted to take Crowley into custody but that he began to run westbound through the parking lot.

Crowley is said to only have made it a short distance before being tackled by an officer. The affidavit goes on to say that Crowley struggled against officers who were attempting to handcuff him. Once handcuffed, Crowley attempted to run again, and was again subdued by officers.

The affidavit quotes Crowley as saying, while being put into the back of a police vehicle, “I would have got away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids and that dog,” presumably evoking the popular Scooby-Doo franchise of cartoons and movies.

The Casper Police affidavit does not describe any K9 units on scene for Crowley’s arrest.

After being taken into custody, police say that Crowley said he had absconded from probation and claimed ownership of the soda can with residue, which he had reportedly used the day previous. Crowley also admitted to using methamphetamine a few days previous to his arrest.

The affidavit says that Crowley was transported to Wyoming Medical Center for minor cuts suffered during the struggle with officers, and was ultimately released back to law enforcement. He was then transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office. Information is provided by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.