By GABRIEL GOODWIN
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — Four men, in total, were arrested around 1 a.m. Dec. 22 after they attempted to flee police officers on bicycles in two separate incidents.
A police officer patrolling the area of Vinewood and 22nd streets saw three men traveling south on 22nd without light reflectors and attempted to stop them. The men saw police and began traveling faster before splitting up in different directions.
The officer radioed his location to other officers and continued pursuit of one man. He was able to stop the man near 21st and Oak streets and identified him. The man told the officer he had a warrant in Wyandotte and knew he would be arrested. The officer checked the man’s information in the Law Enforcement Information Network and confirmed the reckless driving warrant.
He was arrested for the warrant and obstructing police. The man did not know where the other two cyclists went, but did tell the officer their identity — his brother and a friend — which was later confirmed by booking photos from LEIN.
Southgate police contacted Wyandotte police about the arrest of the first man’s friend in the area of Oak and 23rd streets. He was transported back to the Wyandotte Police Department for obstructing police and disorderly conduct.
A second Wyandotte police officer pursued the third cyclist, who was later identified as the first man’s brother, traveling north in an alley between 22nd and 23rd streets. Police said he was hopping fences, running through residents’ backyards and ignoring commands to stop.
He was later caught by police, and processed at the Wyandotte Police Department for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and no bicycle reflectors or lights.
Police spotted a fourth man on Walnut near 20th Street and attempted to stop the man, but he jumped off the bicycle and ran east through a backyard. Brownstown Township police officers assisted the Wyandotte officer and used a K-9 tracker in the search for the man. He was found hiding behind a bush at the corner of Walnut and 19th streets, police said, and refused to cooperate with police.
He fought with the dog, police said, which caused the right leg of his pants to tear and police to call off the dog. Police said they ordered the man to show his hands and lay down multiple times, but he continued to refuse. Officers were forced to subdue the man with a discharge from a stun gun in the lower back and right leg.
During the second arrest attempt, police said the man continued to resist by trying to pull his arms away, roll over on his back, and tuck his arms. Officers said they were forced to use pepper spray to gain the man’s compliance and arrest him.
The man was placed in a patrol vehicle where police found a black bag hanging around his neck. When they searched the bag, police found $4, a phone, a case containing gift cards, two pair of binoculars, and $50 in miscellaneous items including costume jewelry.
The man told police he went through and took the items from several unlocked vehicles in Southgate. He was on his way from Southgate, police said, and was going to his house in Ecorse. Paramedics from the Wyandotte Fire Department examined the man and released him to police. He was processed for the theft, resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant, police said, and had no relationship with the other three men arrested.
(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at [email protected])