At about 11:50 Monday night, 911 received a call regarding a male on a red bicycle exposing himself, and supposedly masturbating, on the side of the Shell Station on Military Road.
Officers Greg Harstad and Lance Luckey of the Columbus Police Department responded to the scene, where they found Marcus McLeod of 1511 27th St. N., trying to flee prematurely by hiding in a green Cadillac parked at pump number 2.
The man tried to discard a gun, but Luckey saw McLeod try to tuck his piece under the car’s front seat. McLeod was promptly pulled out by the officer. When Luckey asked him to put his hands on the back of the car, McLeod tried to pull a fast one and run off. Luckey stood firm however and grabbed McLeod by his head and pulled him down. McLeod attempted to beat off the officer, but was quickly overcome.
Luckey was on top of McLeod in an instant, and had the man face down on the ground and cuffed before he knew what hit him.
Luckey retrieved the loaded gun, a .38 caliber Taurus Ultra Lite. It was later revealed the gun was reported stolen in Georgia.
One of the rightful passengers of the vehicle said that McLeod entered the car uninvited and was pretending to get a ride. The driver and other men said that they were waiting on a pizza and did not know McLeod.
A store clerk identified McLeod as the owner of the red bike.
McLeod, 29, was charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest and transported to Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
He is expected to be extradited to Illinois where he is wanted on multiple warrants.