A Davenport man who is on probation until May 22, 2018, for four burglary convictions is back in jail after he allegedly pulled a stolen handgun on a Davenport police officer during a traffic stop on Friday.
Alexander John Noel, 24, of 1131 W. 6th St., is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, interference with official acts using a firearm, assault on a police officer while displaying a weapon, and trafficking in stolen weapons used in a crime.
The charges of interference, assault and possession of a firearm by a felon each are Class D felonies under Iowa law that carry a prison sentence of up to five years. The charge of trafficking in stolen weapons is a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police officers Richard Niesen and Joseph Dorton, at 4:47 p.m. Friday, officers observed a 2004 black Ford Explorer driven by Lacey Smith in the 1400 block of North Division Street. The vehicle did not have a front license plate, so officers initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle turned onto West 14th Street from Division Street.
During the stop, officers questioned a passenger in the vehicle who gave his name as Tyler Noel with a date of birth of Feb. 10, 1992. Officers, however, identified the passenger at Alexander John Noel with a date of birth of Jan. 29, 1993.
Noel was wanted on four probation violations on five burglary convictions. According to Scott County District Court electronic records, Noel violated his probation on Nov. 9 and has been wanted by authorities.
Noel then punched one of the uniformed police officers and tried to run. As the officer grabbed Noel, Noel produced a 9mm SCCY handgun and pointed it at the officer, according to the report.
Officers were able to arrest Noel without the use of deadly force.
According to the arrest affidavits, Noel admitted to police that he purchased the handgun, which initiated the charge of trafficking in stolen weapons. Also, the handgun’s serial number had been obliterated.
Federal authorities could take over the weapons charges on Noel and charge him under the Department of Justice initiative Project Safe Neighborhoods. Instituted in 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Justice Department initiative to reduce gun violence.
It is a federal offense for a felon to be in possession of a firearm. It also is a federal gun crime for anyone to possess a firearm with an obliterated serial number or purchase a stolen firearm.
Unlike state prison, there is no parole in the federal prison system.
Noel has five burglary convictions stemming from burglaries committed July 20, July 24, Sept. 1, and Sept. 16, and Sept. 17 of 2013. Of the four convictions, two are Class C felonies and two are Class D felonies.
He initially received a sentence of deferred judgement with his probation. This means that had Noel adhered to the conditions of his probation, the judge and successfully completed his probation, the charges could have been dismissed and the cases expunged.
In April, Noel and his probation counselors applied for an extension of his probation because he was failing to meet the terms of his probation. The extension was granted to begin on May 22 and end May 22 of 2018.
Smith, the driver of the Ford Explorer in which Noel had been riding, was issued citations for possession of cannabis first-offense, a serious misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence of up to one year, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of 30 days in jail.
Noel was being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on cash-only bonds totaling $50,000.