NBA star Zach Randolph of the Sacramento Kings was one of two people arrested Wednesday night while a crowd formed in the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts and vandalized six police cars.
The 36-year-old Randolph, a former Los Angeles Clipper, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and intent to sell, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison. Another man, 43-year-old Stanley Walton, was also arrested on suspicion of being an ex-convict in possession of a gun, Madison added.
The incident began at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday at a house in the area of 112th Street and Zamora Avenue when a crowd formed who were drinking, smoking marijuana and blocking the roadway, Madison said.
Officers observed three suspects that reached for their waistband and ran, Madison explained. Officers immediately detained one man who was questioned and released.
Two other suspects went inside the unit and tried to block officers before police were able to gain entry and took the two into custody, Madison said,
The crowd then grew larger and started throwing rocks and bottles at officers and a help call was placed and the LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department units responded.
“A dispersal order was given,” Madison said, adding skirmish lines were formed by the LAPD Devonshire division before five LAPD patrol cars and one L.A. County Sheriff’s Department vehicle were vandalized.
Cash, narcotics and two guns were recovered from the scene, Madison added.
Randolph is a two-time All-Star who has played 16 seasons in the NBA. Over that time, he has earned more than $175 million in salary alone.
He was drafted 19th overall out of Michigan…
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