By Jack Molitor The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — A car believed to be involved with a stolen handguns case and owned by an NBA player was in the process of being seized Thursday by Anderson police.
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade, which had a temporary Ohio license tag, had been purchased by Marion-native Zach Randolph, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. Randolph is not believed to be involved with the case being developed by police.
However, the Escalade is at the center of an investigation involving stolen handguns and marijuana possession on the morning of Nov. 6.
According to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings and Anderson Police Department detective Joel Sandefur, APD was attempting to seize the car to assist with the investigation. The SUV was purchased with all cash and is registered to Randolph’s mother. On Nov. 6, it was being driven by a relative of Randolph.
According to a probable cause affidavit, two local men, 22-year-old Tremayne R. McPhaul II and 37-year-old Donnis Wilkerson face felony charges in connection with the case.
Around midnight, an officer who was patrolling near the parking lot of the VIP Show Club on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard noticed McPhaul slide down in the front seat of the SUV. Finding the movement suspicious, the officer approached the vehicle to investigate and found Wilkerson hiding with a handgun in the back seat. Police searched the Escalade and found another handgun and 11.5 grams of marijuana.
The handguns, a .40-caliber Glock model 23 and a .45-caliber Taurus model PT247, were discovered to have been stolen from Howard County and Indianapolis, respectively.
Wilkerson, who is a convicted felon for robberies in Grant County in 1994 and Delaware County in 2008, faces a B felony of serious violent felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. McPhaul faces charges of carrying a handgun without a license, a Class C felony, receiving stolen property, felon carrying a handgun and possession of marijuana.
Randolph’s relative, who was the driver of the car, told police he wasn’t in the vehicle at the time of the incident. After being interviewed by police, he was released and isn’t facing any charges.
According to authorities, there was no indication Randolph was involved in the incident.