By Patrick Yost, Editor
A late night party at the “Salad Patch” building on East Washington Street turned violent after a security guard wrestled with a man with a concealed pistol.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Johnathon Rakesh Ruff, 29, Eatonton, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana after Lt. Kenny Stewart observed Ruff struggling with the guard near the front door of the building.
The report states that Stewart had received information that a “large” party was being held at the building following the Morgan County High School football game. He stated when he arrived he observed a person taking money from people in cars and that paying customers were given a green arm band.
Stewart said he was told by a woman at the building that the she was hosting a private birthday party. Stewart said he told the woman she could not charge entry to the party.
He also said he observed approximately 100 people in the building and outside the building along with a cooler of Bud Light beer in the building and a half gallon of liquor. He stated he told the woman that alcohol could not be sold without a license and the beer and liquor were removed.
At approximately 12:02 a.m. Saturday morning, the report states, Stewart observed the disturbance at the front door and returned to the party on foot. He stated in the report that the security guard yelled “he’s got a gun” and Stewart drew his weapon. Ruff raised his hands, reports state, and Stewart observed a Ruger P95 9mm pistol in his waistband. Stewart secured Ruff and reported that the pistol was loaded with 15 rounds.
Stewart also reported that he located two small bags of suspected marijuana on Ruff’s person following his arrest.
As other officers responded to the scene, the reports state, someone threw a beer bottle at the officers. The bottle shattered on a wall near the officers.
Stewart then advised the crowd at the party to disperse and leave the location.