A 20-year-old Ceres man was arrested early Tuesday, June 6 after an officer considered him suspicious acting and was found to be carrying drugs and a concealed knife.
Officer Eric Gallegos was on patrol at 2:29 a.m. when he stopped two suspicious men in the area of Central Avenue and Darrah Street. Officer Jesus Salinas was nearby and assisted. During the encounter both men appeared to be less than truthful about where they were headed and provided conflicting statements to officers.
A nervous Stephen Ingram, 20, was sweating profusely and unable to stand still. Because Ingram had an active warrant for his arrest, Gallegos made an arrest as the suspect tried to pull away from officers. When Ingram dropped down to his knees in an attempt to roll, Officer Gallegos noticed a knife in his back right pocket. Officers had to use force to get Ingram to quit resisting.
A search revealed Ingram was carrying a fixed blade knife and two baggies containing methamphetamine in his pockets. Ingram admitted being a methamphetamine user and claimed he didn't know a concealed knife was illegal to carry.
Ingram was booked on charges of felony possession of a dirk or dagger, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with the warrant for his arrest related to grand theft and forgery.