Colin Krieger/The Packet
Lowndes County Narcotics agents caught one of Columbus’ most wanted fugitives last Wednesday night as they were sweeping the city in search of suspects who had shot at the team earlier in the week. Joctavius Wall, who goes by the street name “Chalk”, was allegedly smoking a marijuana cigarette in front of a convenience store in the 2100 block of 14th Avenue North around 9 p.m. when deputy Chad Bell pulled over to question the 16-year-old.
Wall reportedly ran north behind the store via a gravel driveway and quickly turned east towards 22nd Street North. Narcotics agents swarmed to the area within seconds to assist, but were greeted with the presence of Wall being escorted by deputy Bell, who had run down the much younger Wall within seconds of his escape attempt.
“The Cougar gotcha, Chalk. You needed to run quicker,” yelled a witness, referring to deputy Bell’s surprising speed. (Bell is quite fit for a deputy, having lost a good deal of weight over the last few years. When I asked him his secret, he told me he “just plain stopped eating”-CK)
Wall, who’s black jeans had lost their grip on his posterior during the chase, was placed in handcuffs and searched while deputies looked for the marijuana he’d tossed. Just as a passerby stepped in and hoisted Wall’s britches back in place, the young man yelled out to officers, “Maaaan, I just had a lil’ bud, it’s prolly burnt out now.”
Deputy Jeff Harris discovered a small semi-automatic handgun in Wall’s pocket, and when asked if it worked, Chalk said the following:
“Might work,might not.” Wall said with a sly smile.”I’ve had that gun since I was a little biddy boy. Like when I was nine.”
“Nine? Since you were nine? Where’d you get it when you were nine?” Harris asked.
“Found it in the bushes, man,” Wall replied.
Wall then informed that, although he was sixteen, he was pretty sure the courts had certified him as an adult and that he was under indictment for something in the city. A quick radio inquiry proved Chalk was correct. Wall was referencing his previous indictments by a grand jury for multiple counts of armed robbery.
Wall was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and failure to obey a police officer. He was also charged with felony warrants from the Columbus Police Department for the sale of marijuana and three counts for the sale of cocaine. According to jail records, he was taken to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center and released a few hours later on a $10,900 bond.