2 arrested for warrants
A man and woman were arrested for outstanding warrants following a traffic stop near the intersection of Mercury Drive and Paul at 5 p.m. April 21.
An officer on patrol observed a 2001 Land Rover traveling south on Mercury Drive with a large, candle-shaped air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror obstructing the driver’s vision. The officer followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for the obstruction.
There were two people in the vehicle and both identified themselves to the officer when asked. A check of the identification of the occupants showed that the male driver was wanted for a warrant for cocaine possession from the 36th District Court in Detroit and that the female passenger was wanted for a warrant for a traffic violation from the 19th District Court in Dearborn.
Both were arrested and handcuffed before being searched and transported to the police department.
Detroit police were called and responded to the department to pick up the man.
The Land Rover was towed from the scene and impounded.
Vehicle impounded after traffic stop
A vehicle was impounded by police following a traffic stop at the corner of Ford Road and Highland about 3 p.m. April 20.
An officer traveling north on Telegraph reported seeing a 1998 Toyota Corolla force its way into and through a marked funeral procession and across two lanes of traffic before turning east onto Ford Road without signaling. The officer pursued the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
As he approached the vehicle the officer observed that the female driver was attempting to hide something in the backseat. The officer asked the driver to hand him whatever was just placed in the backseat and the woman complied, handing the officer a wallet. The officer asked why she was hiding the wallet but the woman would not answer. A check of the identification showed that the driver had a suspended license.
Also in the backseat were two young children and several bags of groceries, so the officer asked the woman to call someone to come to the scene and drive the family home. A relative responded and transported the children home.
Before being released, the driver was cited for driving with a suspended license and failing to yield to a funeral procession. She was also ordered to report to the 19th District Court within 14 days for the offenses.
Door broken at Wendy’s
Police were dispatched to investigate a malicious destruction of property complaint at Wendy’s, 8515 N. Telegraph Road, just after 11 p.m. April 17.
A manager at the restaurant told police that a customer in a newer, white Nissan had pulled into the drive through earlier in the evening and while ordering became very argumentative with employees. The manager said that the man asked for honey mustard sauce with his order and became irate when he did not immediately receive it.
The man then pulled out of the drive through line and stopped by the side of the building. He then approached the drive through window on foot and told the manager to “go check out” the side door to the restaurant before running back to his vehicle and fleeing the property. The manager went to the glass side entrance door and observed that it had been heavily damaged at the bottom as if someone had kicked it in.
He said he did not see the man hit the door but that he had heard it.
The man was described as black, in his 20s with short hair.
Police are investigating the incident.
Items taken from vacant house
A resident called police to report suspicious activity after hearing noises coming from inside a neighboring vacant house in the 8300 block of Hazelton just after 6 p.m. April 18.
The caller said he did not see anyone but that he could hear dragging sounds coming from inside the house, which he said had been vacant for the last few weeks. Officers arrived and discovered the front door to the house ajar. They could also hear running water in the basement.
No suspects were found but the officers discovered flooding in the basement and a broken rear window which they believe is where entry was made into the house. The officers reported that the hot water heater and several sections of copper piping were missing, but because of the bad condition of the house they were not sure if anything else had been taken or damaged.
DPW workers were called to the house to shut off the water and the police officers secured the door and rear window before leaving the house.
No suspect information was available.
Home invader wanted beer
An intoxicated man who allegedly pushed his way into a home, demanded a beer and fought with homeowners was charged Tuesday with three counts of assault.
Police responded at 10:30 p.m. April 19 to the 1500 block of Marion on reports of a home invasion in progress. Two men were seen standing over another man on the ground who was bleeding from the back of his head.
Officers gave chase and soon caught up with Joaquin Carlos-Mateo Amelo, 30, near his residence in the 1600 block of Ferris.
According to police reports, a woman was in her living room watching television with the front entrance door open. She said Amelo opened the screen door and screamed, “Give me a beer or I will kill you.”
The woman screamed and her husband came out of a back bedroom. Both the husband and wife grabbed Amelo and tried to push him out of the residence. Amelo allegedly yelled, “I’ll kill you” as he punched at both the man and woman. At one point he’d reached into a pocket, and the couple believed he had a gun.
The woman told police she then saw a woman and a man — who said he was Amelo’s brother — standing outside. The man asked for permission to enter the home and get his brother out. Amelo was taken outside, but then pushed his brother and tried to re-enter the home. The husband called police before stepping outside, where another confrontation with Amelo began just as officers arrived.
Amelo was arraigned before 25th District Court Judge David Zelenak. He remained in custody on 10 percent of $200,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary exam Tuesday.
Jewelry thief escapes after fight with security
Police responded shortly after 5 p.m. Monday to reports of a shoplifter fighting with store security at Sears, 2100 Southfield.
Investigators were told by loss prevention staff that two men, age 18 or 19, entered the store and began loitering in the jewelry section. One was seen concealing two pairs of gold earrings valued at $200 in his clothing while the other turned and left the store.
Security staff stopped the suspect — described as a black male, 6 feet tall, thin with short black hair — near the exit and attempted to take him into custody. A struggle followed, and the other suspect — described as a black male — drove up to the door in a dark, older model Buick. He parked and exited the vehicle and joined the fight, which was brief before the two suspects got away from the loss prevention officers and drove away.
The jewelry was located on the ground near the struggle. The Buick was last seen heading east on Arlington.
Sound system stolen while SUV in shop
Police are investigating the theft of nearly $1,500 worth of stereo equipment that was reported missing after a man had his vehicle serviced.
According to police reports, a man had his disabled 1999 Chevy Suburban towed on April 19 to be repaired at Motor City Auto Care, 12923 Dix-Toledo. After picking up the vehicle Monday he noticed that a speaker box, two Rockford sub-woofers valued at $600 and a DVD touch-screen entertainment system valued at $649 were missing.
When contacted, the shop manager said he had been unaware of the theft and did not believe that an employee had taken the equipment. While waiting for service the SUV had been parked in an unsecured perimeter adjacent to the shop.
The manager was cooperating with investigators and planned to review surveillance video images.
Recreational vehicles stolen from garage
More than $15,000 worth of recreational vehicles were reported stolen from a garage in the 9000 block of Monroe Street.
Police responded shortly after 7 a.m. April 15. A man said he’d last seen the garage secure shortly after midnight when he returned home, and in the morning noticed the door open. Stolen vehicles included a Kawasaki 4×4 valued at $8,000, a $4,000 three-wheeler, and two dirt bikes valued at $4,000.
Police found tire and boot tracks near the garage and later that morning located the three-wheeler near the corner of Mary and Monroe.
Descriptions of the vehicles were entered into the Law Enforcement Information Network.
(Compiled by James Mitchell and Bob Oliver.)