GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — A Capitol Heights man was sentenced to four years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Claude Avery Rucker, 31, was approached by officers on Dec. 11, 2019, after the Prince George’s County Police received a call reporting a parked vehicle in Capitol Heights.READ MORE: Baltimore Mayor Says Vaccine ‘Difference Between Life and Death’ As Some City Neighborhoods Only 30% Vaccinated; Mayor, Governor Say No New Restrictions For Now
According to his plea, officers observed a silver vehicle with its low beams on. Rucker was the only occupant of the vehicle and officers noticed the smell of marijuana. When asked if he lived in the area, he told officers that his uncle lived nearby. Rucker was unable to provide any ID and was asked to step out of the vehicle.READ MORE: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting Of Kevin Glendenning At Royal Farms In Rosedale
As Rucker exited the vehicle, he attempted to flee. Officers struggled with him as he attempted to reach for his waistband and refused to comply with orders. As he was handcuffed, a 9-millimeter handgun and 15 rounds of ammunition fell from his waistband.
Officials performed a search incident to the arrest and found approximately 15.4 grams of marijuana from Rucker’s right jacket pocket.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Police Searching For Suspects In Multiple Federal Hill Armed Robberies
Prior to this incident, Rucker had been previously convicted of a crime punishable by a term exceeding one year and his civil rights had not been restored.