2 charged in attempted robbery of undercover MPD officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men are behind bars after Memphis police say they attempted to rob an undercover officer then led police on a high-speed chase, resulting in a car crash.

The incident happened Sept. 14.

A plainclothes MPD officer was in the parking lot of Esporta Fitness at 1215 Ridgeway Rd., attempting to find suspects after multiple reported car burglaries in the area, according to an affidavit.

The officer saw a black Kia Optima with two men inside pull into the lot and park next to his truck.

The driver got out with a pistol and began opening the door of the truck, records show.

When the officer confronted the driver, identified as Rico Bonds, he ran back to the car and drove away.

Several squad cars attempted to stop Bonds, but he fled the pursuing cars.

According to the affidavit, Bonds ran a red light and hit a work van. Bonds and a passenger then jumped from the vehicle and ran.

Bonds, 21, and the passenger, Martavious Clear, 18, were captured after a short foot chase. Records shows Bonds had no driver’s license and no insurance.

The pistol was stolen out of Southaven, Miss., and Bonds had no gun permit, according to the affidavit.

The Kia Optima had no tags.

Bonds told police he had pulled up the truck in the parking lot and started to get out of his car, but then changed his mind when police surrounded him, records show.

He also said he had recently purchased the pistol.

He’s charged with attempted aggravated robbery, a felony; evading arrest; violation of financial law; leaving the scene of an accident involving injury; theft of property; and other crimes.

Clear told police he owned a 9mm officers saw him throw while he was running, records show.

Clear is charged with attempted aggravated robbery, evading arrest, theft of property and other crimes.