continued "The suspect outside the vehicle, Kosa Nouri, turned his head in the direction of Deputy Arispe and then appeared to say something to the males in the car. Nouri kept his back toward the deputy. The defendant Nouri began shoving something into the waistband of his pants, and Deputy Arispe could not see that object.
"Deputy Arispe drew his weapon and ordered Nouri to turn around and face him, with his hands in view. After a few seconds, the defendant Nouri turned around. Deputy Arispe was still unable to see his waistband area. Deputy Arispe called for additional units.
"Deputy Arispe could see the rear passenger, defendant Georges, moving and ducking down in the seat.
"The defendant Nouri then began to walk away from the vehicle. Deputy Arispe told him to stand next to the vehicle and face him. In spite of the deputy's directions, the defendant Nouri walked toward the rear of the vehicle. Deputy Arispe told him to stop and face him. Nouri stopped just past the rear tire, turned and faced the vehicle, and then reached into his waistband. Deputy Arispe saw a black object fall to the ground. As Nouri turned toward the deputy, he kicked the object under the vehicle. Other police units arrived about one minute later. The passengers were told to get out of the car and were placed into patrol cars."
According to court documents, one of the deputies who arrived to back up Arispe received permission from Nouri to search the vehicle, which was a rental car. In plain view inside the car were sweatshirts, gloves, packs of cigarettes, a sledgehammer, and a ski mask. Under the car, where Nouri had been standing, the deputy found another ski mask. Outside the car, a padlock and chain and walkie-talkie were found by deputies. Robbery detectives who arrived later conducted another search of the vehicle and found "numerous items located inside the vehicle, including dark clothing, gloves, ski masks, a walkie-talkie, and a semi-automatic handgun."
Nouri, Suleiman, and Georges have been charged with 31 crimes, all felonies, between them. The most serious are robbery, burglary, and false imprisonment, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 16 years. The three are scheduled to be tried January 15, 2002, in Superior Court.