Columbus man accused of forcing his way into apartment

Tyrrice L. Degraffenreid. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

Columbus police say that a man tried to force his way into an apartment to avoid officers and is now facing new charges for breaking in.

Officers received the call to the 1000 block of Phoenix Court at about 11:45 Thursday night and arrived to find residents trying to push the suspect out the door. The man then struggled with police before being taken into custody.

According to witnesses, the man, identified as 37-year-old Tyrrice L. Degraffenreid, knocked on their door and refused to leave. When police arrived, he allegedly forced his way into the apartment.

Police found that he was carrying drugs and drug paraphernalia. And he was wanted on an outstanding local warrant. After being checked out at Columbus Regional Hospital, Degraffenreid was arrested on preliminary charges or Resisting Law Enforcement, Residential Entry, Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, and giving a false Identity Statement.