NORCROSS - Police arrested a Norcross man for allegedly possessing a pistol - in addition to crack cocaine and marijuana - he claims to have purchased in response to his brother's stabbing death last week at a Norcross hotel.
Police on Saturday arrested Darius Tywan Weeks, 23, on drugs and weapons charges and for violating probation in Gwinnett County.
Weeks told police he bought the .25 caliber pistol in response to the death of his brother, Michael Anthony Black Jr., 19, of Covington. Weeks was staying at the Norcross Extended Stay off Jimmy Carter Boulevard, where his brother died of stab wounds April 1 following a fight with Larry Doonnell Daniely, 27, of Atlanta, police said.
Daniely was arrested in DeKalb County last week and charged with murder. Like Weeks, he remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
Police have not commented on a possible motive for the stabbing.
Gwinnett police were led to Weeks' hotel room by an Alpharetta man admittedly addicted to crack.
Robert Forester, 42, told police he was abducted by four or five black men when he went to the hotel to buy crack. He said the men drove him in his Toyota Tundra truck to a Wachovia Bank branch and demanded he withdraw money. He said the men, including Weeks, kept him against his will in their hotel room until he was able to flee Saturday, according to a police report.
Forester's claims later proved bogus when a man identified only as "Bruce" returned the truck to the hotel, telling police he was holding the vehicle as collateral for $1,000 he lent to Forester for crack, the report says. Forester was arrested for falsely reporting a crime.
But in the course of their investigation, police found 8.5 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of marijuana that Weeks admitted buying, the report says.
Police also arrested Mellisia McCray, 27, of Detroit, to whom the room was registered, on drug possession charges.