Cop assault leads to arrest
A 19-year-old Ypsilanti woman was arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer who attempted to remove her from a house in the 1700 block of Pinecrest Ave. Oct. 2.
The homeowner, who had driven the woman to his house after meeting her on the Internet, had called police at about 7:40 p.m. that day after the woman demanded he pay money for sex. The man refused and asked her to leave, but she declined.
When officers arrived, the woman became disruptive, swearing at officers and using racial slurs. She was arrested after officers warned her to stop. After her arrest, she attempted to use her cell phone and when an officer attempted to remove it from her, she allegedly slapped him in the mouth, causing a 1/2 inch cut to his lip.
“Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer,” was then added to her charge of disorderly conduct and she was transported to the police station.
The officer was treated at Midwest Medical Center in Dearborn and received a tetanus shot before being released.
The homeowner said he did not know the woman wanted money for sex before he picked her up.
Missing mower found nearby
A lawnmower missing from a house in the 14700 block of College Ave. was found later by the owner in a neighbor’s driveway shortly before 2 p.m. Sept. 28.
It appeared as though the lawnmower had been pushed through the owner’s yard and thrown over a fence into the neighbor’s yard, dragged up the driveway and then left.
The neighbors were not home when the mower was discovered but the owner does not suspect them.
Checks stolen from house
Personal checks were reported stolen about 4:21p.m. Sept. 28 from a house in the 4000 block of Grindley Park.
The victim said she was not aware they were missing until Sept. 26 when her bank notified her they were cashed at Joy’s Food Shoppe, 24940 Carlyle.
She told officers the checks were taken in August. She said she recognized the handwriting on the checks as her nephew’s and his phone number was written on several of the checks.
Theft nets tools
About $1,050 worth of tools and lawn equipment were stolen about 10:25 p.m. Oct. 2 from a garage in the 24000 block of Stanford.
The victim said he found the locked side door to the garage kicked in.
Car broken into, house raided at same time
A compact disc player valued at $200 was stolen from a green 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, and an Xbox 360 video game system valued at $300 and surround sound tower ($200) were stolen between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 1:20 a.m. Oct. 3 from a house in the 25000 block of Amherst.
Officers found the car’s front windshield smashed and the center console damaged. The victim then called the police later to report the property taken from the house. He told officers he didn’t realize the items were missing from the house when the first report was taken.
The victim said the thefts happened while he was asleep. He said the front door and front window were open and unlocked when he went to sleep.
Jewelry stolen during home invasion
About $200 worth of jewelry was stolen sometime before 7:40 p.m. Oct. 5 from a house in the 6000 block of Highview.
The victim said when she returned home in the evening, she found the house’s’ back door kicked in. She said the only items missing were pieces of costume jewelry belonging to her dead mother.
The victim’s uncle, who also lives at the house, said he was home about 12:30 p.m. When he left, the house was locked.
Clothes, shoes swiped
About $1,500 worth of shoes and clothes were stolen sometime before 3 p.m. Oct. 14 from an apartment in the 8000 block of Canfield.
The victim said between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3, the lock was broken on the storage cage in the basement of the complex.
She said in addition to the clothes and shoes, other personal items were taken.
Break-in results in theft of TV, jewelry
A woman in the 1400 block of Applewood Ave. told Lincoln Park Police that some time between 8:30 and noon Monday her house was broken into.
The woman returned home to discover a side door that had been forced open. Immediately she noticed the missing television, a 42-inch Sony, and various items thrown around the house.
Responding officers observed the door had been pried for entry, and both bedrooms were ransacked, with dresser drawers emptied onto the floor. An unknown amount of jewelry and other items were also taken. The woman and her husband provided police with additional information, and the investigation continues.
Hybrid SUV missing
A house in the 2000 block of Leblanc Ave. was targeted by vehicle thieves Monday, as residents reported the theft of a 2011 Ford Flex valued at $30,000.
The victim told police he last parked the vehicle at about midnight, and at 9 a.m. discovered it was missing The man had the keys to the vehicle and is current on payments. No signs of forced entry were left at the scene. Information on the vehicle was entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Bowling balls stolen from truck
A Lincoln Park man told police Oct. 2 that one of more thieves broke into his truck and stole three bowling balls, total value $925, from inside.
The man told police he parked his truck in a lot in the 1200 block of John A. Papalas Road sometime Sept. 30. When he next went to the truck Sunday, he noticed the items missing.
Drug paraphernalia found on driver
A 29-year old Taylor man was arrested for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without a license after officers found a crack cocaine pipe in his floor of his vehicle during a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 75 shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The man was stopped for traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone and advised officers that he had no license and a warrant for his arrest.
Burglary tools found on cyclist
A 53-year-old Detroit man was arrested for possession of burglary tools after officers stopped him on Oakwood just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The man was riding a boys bicycle and carrying a weed trimmer. The police report noted a rash of garage thefts in the area recently.
When questioned about the trimmer, the man said he bought it a few weeks ago, but could not name the store. He said he got the bicycle from a friend, but could not provide the friend’s name.
A search of the man turned up a pipe wrench, flashlight, knife, wheel lock key, tire pressure gauge and butcher knife.
Larcenies reported on two vehicles, same street
Two vehicles were broken into sometime the morning of Sept. 25, with thieves making off with hundreds of dollars worth of electronics.
At the first residence in the 13000 block of Irene, a man reported being told by a neighbor that his front passenger-side door was open shortly after noon. Examining the vehicle, the man reported the theft of a satellite radio valued at $400, a $200 GPS system and a $79 CD player. The man later found the satellite radio in the street, apparently having been run over by traffic.
Two hours later, a man down the street reported at 2:30 p.m. that his pickup truck was broken into. Officers observed damage to the driver’s door and handle; the victim was certain he had locked.
A white 2010 Ford Flex parked in a driveway in the 19200 block of Coachwood was vandalized sometime before 11:45 a.m. Oct. 1.
A vulgar phrase was written on the rear hatch with blue permanent marker.
Squatters grab pipes, faucets
A woman in the process of fixing a house for renting has even more work ahead of her after two or more uninvited guests laid claim to various fixtures.
Police responded to a house in the 5900 block of Jackson Ave. shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 29, when a victim said the house she hoped to repair was vandalized by two unknown suspects.
Responding officers noted that the suspects made a bed in the bedroom, removed a small furnace from the attic and disconnected a hot water tank from the bathroom. Missing were several copper pipes and faucets from the bathroom. Several holes were punched in the walls, believed to be an attempt to remove wiring.
Neighbors told the victim that they saw several white males hanging around the house, but did not call the police.
Harley swiped from parking lot
A customer rolled up to the Gibraltar Trade Center, 15525 Racho, on his 1995 Harley-Davidson motorcycle early Saturday, Oct. 1. When he finished shopping at about 11:30 a.m., he discovered the cycle was stolen.
The victim told police he parked and secured the ignition lock before shopping. He did not have an estimated value on the motorcycle, and the information and description were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
Vehicles targeted on Westphal
Trenton Police responded twice on Oct. 2, to reports of attempted car thieves hitting two victims in the 4100 block of Westphal.
At about 3:30 a.m., a Trenton Police officer was patrolling the street and observed a white male wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and red shorts walking down a driveway and enter a dark-colored Chrysler Sebring; inside, the officer saw another white man in the driver’s seat. The officer ran the license plate, which did not match the address. He returned to the house and observed a white Jeep further up the driveway with shattered glass on the ground and the driver’s window broken out.
The officer reported the incident and advised other patrol cars of the situation with a description of the vehicle. Patrol searches did not locate the suspects.
Further examination of the Jeep on Westphal revealed the attempted theft of the Jeep and boat on a trailer. The ignition was on the floor and the steering column was broken.
The suspects were believed to be apprehended in Woodhaven, where officers pursued a vehicle matching the description, which crashed into a ditch at the West Road entrance ramp to Interstate 75. The suspects then fled to the Detroiter Truck Stop parking lot, where they carjacked a Detroit Free Press delivery van and crashed it into a fuel pump.
The suspects carried no identification and did not cooperate with investigators. They were being housed in the Woodhaven jail pending identification and charges.
At 8:20 a.m., a woman living in the same block of Westphal called Trenton Police to report that her 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van was broken into overnight, and the ignition pulled out. Trenton and Woodhaven police continue to investigate.
Abduction attempt avoided
Two 11-year-old girls riding bicycles across the trail bridge near the 4200 block of Ponderosa managed to avoid a potential abduction Oct. 2.
According to the girls, they were riding their bicycles when a man on a bicycle tried to grab one of the children. The girl screamed out, and when her friend turned behind her to see what the problem was the suspect took off north on the bike trail.
The man was described as wearing a black mask, black pants, a gray sweatshirt, Nike tennis shoes and riding a dark colored bicycle.
Thief nabbed after storage yard burglary
Trenton Police apprehended a 25-year-old man shortly after the reported theft of building materials from a construction company in the 200 block of West Jefferson Ave.
An employee of the Diponio Construction company called police shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday after seeing a white male driving away from the site in a black Ford Taurus. Green scaffolding and other materials were seen sticking out of the vehicle’s rear. The employee followed the Taurus heading northbound on Jefferson, but lost sight of the vehicle after it turned west on Eureka.
Trenton officers advised Wyandotte Police of the situation, and learned that the Taurus had been pulled over after the driver allegedly sold the items to a scrap yard. The suspect was paid $60 for the parts, which Diponio Construction officials said were worth more than $1,200.
The suspect was taken to Trenton Police for processing and pending arraignment.
Snacks part of neighbor dispute
A resident of the 220 block of Bondie suspects his neighbor of attempting to poison his dog and children after the man found several food items along the property line between the two lots.
At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, the resident said he saw his dog eating what he later recognized as sausage in the yard. He then discovered grapes, a chocolate bar and more sausage along the property line.
The two men have a longstanding feud and recently got into an argument in which the neighbor allegedly “teased” the homeowner with a piece of sausage before throwing it in the yard.
The neighbor said he did threaten the man during the argument but that he puts the food items in the yard to attract animals so they won’t ransack the trash.
The neighbor was warned of the city’s ordinance prohibiting placing trash in yards.
The food items were collected as evidence.
Outdoor defecator caught
A 60-year-old Detroit man was arrested after allegedly defecating in an alley near the 3520 block of 13th about noon Sept. 29.
A resident of a house facing the alley said he saw the man, who had been passing out handbills for a local pizza restaurant, pull down his sweatpants and defecate in the alley. He photographed the license plate of a vehicle that the man and other handbill distributers had been driving. Police later found the vehicle in a parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on Fort and arrested the man on an outstanding warrant out of 3rd Circuit Court.
(Compiled by Daniel Heraty, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)