By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - Police arrested a Copperas Cove woman on Monday suspected of hiding a man who allegedly ditched a pound of marijuana and police.

Romanita Louise Snyder, 54, was not in Coryell County Jail as of Thursday, but the man she is accused of harboring, Marlon Leveen Bryant, 22, of Copperas Cove, was.

Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Snyder Monday on a charge of hindering the apprehension or prosecution of a known felon. Bryant was arraigned Monday on a charge of possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds. Guinn set bond at $10,000 each.

Bryant was arrested Oct. 2 at a home in the 1200 block of South 23rd Street, according to arrest complaints. Police on the scene tried to enter the residence, but Snyder told police that Bryant wasn't in the home and refused to let officers inside.

The officers met with another tenant who let them inside and said he didn't know if anyone else was in the home, the complaint stated. Police later found Bryant in a closet underneath a pile of clothing.

On Sept. 13, an officer saw someone flick a cigarette out the window of a car in the 1200 block of 23rd Street. A right turn signal was employed before the driver turned left on West Avenue E. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but both a passenger and the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled.

The officer chased after the individuals but was unable to catch them. More units responded and scoured the area around the car, finding about a pound of marijuana and about $1,800 cash.

Police later found Bryant in a taxi that he had called to pick him up after he bailed out of the car, the complaint stated. A warrant for Bryant's arrest was issued 11 days after the Sept. 13 incident.

Guinn also arraigned the following:

Christopher Keith Hempel, 36, of Copperas Cove, on Oct. 1 on a charge of theft, more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. Guinn set his bond at $5,000.

Paul O'Neal Potter, 32, of Olgesby, on Sept. 30 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more offense. Guinn set his bond at $7,500.

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