Two men facing charges after LPD saw one riding in bed of truck

Richard Strickland and Chad Svoboda
Richard Strickland and Chad Svoboda(Lincoln Police Department)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:57 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Two men are facing charges after officers with the Lincoln Police Department saw one of them riding in the bed of a truck.

On Tuesday around 9 p.m., an officer saw a man riding in the bed of a black 1995 Chevy pickup truck down the street.

LPD said before the officer could stop the truck, it parked in a parking lot near 27th and O Streets.

According to police, the officer spoke with the man riding in the bed of the truck who threw down a backpack he was wearing and ran from the officer.

Police said despite the officer telling the man to stop, he continued running but officers were able to catch him.

LPD said the man resisted the officers and after a struggle, they were able to take him into custody.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Richard Strickland.

LPD said officers found a syringe with methamphetamine inside it on Strickland.

Inside the backpack that Strickland had left, officers said they found two fixed blade knives with blades 6-inches long.

Officers learned Strickland was a convicted felon prohibiting him from possessing a deadly weapon, as well as having multiple convictions for resisting arrest.

Strickland was arrested and is facing possession of a controlled substance charges, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, felony resisting arrest, subsequent offense, obstructing a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and ride on outside of motor vehicle.

Another passenger in the truck was contacted by officers and identified as 52-year-old Chad Svoboda who police said had an active warrant for his arrest for burglary.

LPD said officers located a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue on Svoboda.

Svoboda was arrested for his warrant and is facing possession of a controlled substance charges.

The driver of the truck is not facing charges at this time.

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