Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police Sergeant David Bell was driving in the area of Ocala Road and W. Tennessee Street last night at approximately 12:22 AM when he observed a car parked at the closed business at 1949 W. Tennessee St. Sergeant Bell stopped and made contact with suspect Albert Rhea. As he approached, Rhea appeared to place an unknown object on the ground, near the car. During the encounter, Sergeant Bell observed a loaded handgun magazine on the ground, under the vehicle near where Rhea had been standing. As Sergeant Bell was interacting with Rhea, Officers Chris Guerrero and Trent Sexton arrived to assist.
Sergeant Bell then observed another person, later identified as Lanier Barnes, walking in their direction, who appeared to turn away on sight of the officers on scene in an apparent effort to leave the area. He was then contacted in an adjacent parking lot and detained. A pat down of Barnes located a loaded handgun in the front pocket of his sweatshirt.
TPD Officers Guerrero and Sexton assisted in the investigation and determined a fight had occurred earlier in the evening at a nearby sports bar and suspects Barnes and Rhea had returned to the area to continue and escalate the fight. Barnes and Rhea were arrested and transported to the Leon County Jail.
“Sergeant Bell’s diligence interrupted the efforts of two young adults who were intent on escalating a fight with the use of a firearm. The actions of Sergeant Bell and Officers Guerrero and Sexton resulted in removing a gun from the community and prevented violence not only this morning but also in possible future incidents,” said Chief Dennis Jones
Albert Rhea, black male, 1/4/86 Charges: Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Battery
Lanier Barnes, B/M, black male, Charges: Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Battery, Carrying a Concealed Firearm