Darnell Thomas Armstrong has been arrested over 53 grams of crack cocaine. I'm not familiar with the drug, but to me that sounds like a LOT of crack. Police learned the crack would be in transit from a confidential informant, "CI."
Click here for the criminal complaint.
According to police, the CI told them "a quantity of crack cocaine and possibly a firearm" would be delivered to the 4300 block of Girard Ave. N. by a black male with a "heavy build and a natural afro." The male would be driving a blue Buick century.
On July 18, police set up surveillance and the vehicle came right into their trap...
An officer named "Tigwell" activated his lights and siren and pulled up in front of the Buick, which caused panic in the Buick, of course. Darnell Armstrong, the driver, pulled out a clear plastic baggie from the front of his pants (also presumed to be "baggie") and threw the plastic bag at a female who was later identified as Rhonda Willette McBridge.
"SHOW YOUR HANDS!" Officer Tigwell said, and we can presume he said it loudly.
Armstrong threw the vehicle into "drive" and fled southbound on Girard Ave. N.
While fleeing, Armstrong allegedly threw 53 grams of crack cocaine out a window, which were recovered. It would appear he then STOPPED and officers took him into custody.
Armstrong already has at least three and (the way I read the complaint) possibly FOUR drug cases already pending in Hennepin County. Why was this guy even out on the street? He also has prior drug convictions.
As for Rhonda McBridge, well, all I can find on her is a single conviction for driving after suspension. Her birthday is 6/26/86.
Darnell Thomas Armstrong's address on the criminal complaint is 4334 Fremont Ave. N., a rental owned by Herman Capital Partners II, 3539 Douglas Dr. N., Crystal, MN.