On Monday, June 24, 2019, at approximately 5:04 P.M., an officer from the Elmira Police Department observed an individual crossing E. Church St. while failing to yield the right of way to passing vehicles. This person was observed standing in the middle of the four-lane roadway while cars were passing in both directions. The officer was on his way to a priority call but returned within a couple of minutes to address the violation.
The officer approached this person to interview him on John St., in proximity to where the violation took place. When the officer approached and asked the person to stop, this person immediately ran from the officer and into Heritage Park, a private housing complex with controlled access. The officer gave chase and advised the officer assigned to Heritage Park of the person that was running through the complex. Both officers pursued this person. Other officers responded to assist. The person running was caught near a parking lot in the complex and taken into custody. Immediately before being caught, this person stopped near a bush and then ran again. Officers checked the area of the bush and located a firearm at the base of the bush.
While officers were dealing with his person, two females approached the officers and began to obstruct the investigation. The females were ordered to stay away, and they continued to physically interfere with the officers. The two females were also arrested.
As a result of this investigation, 25-year-old Devarkis J Brooks from Buffalo was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd. Devarikis was also found to have an active Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Horseheads Court. Monique L Tillinghast, 20, and Shaquana E Tillinghast, 25, both from Elmira, were charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd.
The investigation into this matter continues. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626 or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.