Charges: Man attempted break-in, hid handgun in snow
WOODBURY — A 24-year-old man allegedly attempted to conceal a loaded handgun in deep snow when Woodbury police arrested him on suspicion of breaking into a home through the garage.
Officers responding to a burglary report arrested Rayvon Deshawn Scroggins Feb. 24.
Scroggins now faces three felony charges: second-degree burglary, fifth-degree drug possession and possession of a weapon with prior violent crimes.
According to the criminal complaint:
Woodbury police responded to a neighbor's reports of a man kicking in the back door of a home on the 1700 block of Lamplight Drive the afternoon of Feb. 24.
Police saw a man matching the suspect's description running from the home's backyard and yelled for him to stop.
The man, later identified as Scroggins, continued to run but was eventually detained after a struggle with officers.
The officers found a bottle containing Xanax pills in his front pocket.
During the arrest, Scroggins, who was lying in thigh-deep snow, hesitated to offer his left hand before he was handcuffed.
Officers suspected Scroggins hid "some kind of contraband" in the snow because he kept looking back at the area where he was handcuffed.
Police dug through the snow in the area and found a loaded 9mm handgun three-to-four inches under the snow's surface.
A check into Scroggin's criminal history revealed a 2013 conviction for terroristic threats— a felony that bars people from owning weapons.
Police noted damage to the home's back door and pieces of the doorframe.
The residents reported nothing missing, but said their home was visibly rummaged through.
Scroggins was scheduled to appear in court March 7.