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MPD searches for man with 14 warrants

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis police located a wanted man at a Berclair residence. Officers on the scene say he is wanted for attempting to run over a police officer last week.

A police spokesperson said they received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the neighborhood, where they observed James Wells, who has 14 outstanding warrants. The fugitive is wanted for aggravated assault stemming from his attempt to run over a police officer a week before.

As police crews surrounded the Janice Circle residence, Wells locked himself inside the house. A short time later, Wells escaped out the back.

"We were getting ready for our Super Bowl party and next thing I know police are surrounding the house with shotguns, going crazy, knocking on the doors, running to the backyard, all kinds of crazy things," said Andrew Langley, neighbor.

Though police did not apprehend Wells, they did arrest Niki Nicholson. Police did not say why she was apprehended, but neighbors have their suspicions.

"There's tons of traffic - like non-stop traffic - at this house," Langley said. "Now if they're selling that, no I don't knoW for sure, but, you know, you're not stupid. You kind of know things."

Neighbors FOX13 News spoke with say this really isn't a bad neighborhood but with more events occurring like the one on Sunday, it concerns them.

"We usually don't have a lot of problems. We had a problem on Perkins where they raided a house or cops got shot and you know it's getting ridiculous," Langley said. "It was off Perkins again."

This neighborhood at Perkins and Janice Circle is full of kids, neighbors say. They hope Sunday's events won't make them uneasy.

"Especially with all the little kids running up and down the street," Langley said. "We had kids watching this happen. Think about what that does to families."

Wells is 5-foot-10 who weighs 175 pounds and was last seen wearing a white shirt with dark pants, according to police. Anyone with information about Wells' whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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