Fourth degree sexual assault reported
A woman reported that a man forcibly grabbed and groped her at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27 when she was walking south on Rosedale Boulevard south of Champaign.
The woman said when she sensed someone behind her she stepped aside to let him pass, but the man stopped and initiated a conversation. She said the initial conversation was benign, but when he asked for her name and said “she was hot,” the woman said she felt uncomfortable and started to walk away, at which time the man grabbed and groped her, pulling her forcibly toward him. She said she shoved him to the ground and fled north on Rosedale, while he ran south on Rosedale toward Wick.
She described the man as white, 25 to 30 years old, with a light complexion, black hair, clean shaven, with blue eyes, 170 to 180 pounds, wearing wearing a white T-shirt and dark blue basketball style shorts with a white stripe down the side.
Off-duty ATF agent helps nab shoplifter
An off-duty Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent witnessed a suspected retail fraud at Target, 3100 Fairlane Drive, at 2:07 p.m. Aug. 30, and kept the suspect in sight until police officers arrived.
The suspect, a 28-year-old Detroit man, had entered Famous Footwear, 3340 Fairlane Drive, was asked by officers to exit the store, at which time he complained about being harassed “because he was black.”
Officers asked to search his backpack, which was filled with new, tagged clothing from Meijer, 3565 Fairlane Drive, for which he said he did not have a receipt. He then gave officers a false name, then followed up with his real name, for which he had an outstanding warrant for retail fraud in Allen Park.
When officers then tried to handcuff him, he tried to pull away and run. The man struck an officer in the face, knocked his sunglasses off, and then deliberately smashed the glasses with his foot. The suspect continued to struggle and resist, spitting in an officer’s face, and kicking the inside of the squad car when detained in the rear of the vehicle.
When the officers and suspect arrived at the police station, he tried to flee while handcuffed, but was boxed in by a nearby patrol vehicle. He was then booked and charged with retail fraud, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and miscellaneous destruction of property.
Driver fails to signal twice, arrested for warrant
While on patrol on Michigan Avenue and Telegraph Road Aug. 26, police observed a vehicle traveling east on Michigan Avenue. As he approached to check the license plate of the vehicle, the driver turned into a gas station.
The driver attempted to evade the officer’s vehicle and police saw the driver fail to signal as he exited the gas station. A brief chase continued on westbound Michigan Avenue where the driver failed to signal again while changing lanes. A traffic stop was conducted in a restaurant parking lot on Michigan Avenue.
When contact was made with the driver he verbally identified himself because he did not have a driver’s license. He was arrested and a background check revealed a child neglect felony probation violation warrant out of Monroe County with a $20,000 bond.
The front seat passenger also identified himself, and two warrants out of Roscommon County were listed including felony probation violation warrant for dangerous drugs with a $5,000 bond and dangerous drug warrant with a $633 bond.
A backseat passenger was asked by police why she did not drive and she said she was tired and wanted the driver to drive instead. The vehicle was released to the woman because she was the daughter of the owner registered and had a driver’s license.
Officers respond to disorderly conduct call
Police were dispatched to the area of Notre Dame and Monroe Aug. 27 on a report of a group of disorderly people riding their bikes in the middle of the street.
Once on the scene, officers saw two men riding their bicycles in the street without proper lighting and with access to sidewalks on both sides. A third man was walking on the sidewalk.
When asked what they were doing they said, “Just walking around.” Police advised the men of local and state laws regarding lighting on buckles along with walking in the street where sidewalks are provided.
Background checks of the men a revealed a firearm discharge with death or injury felony warrant from the Third District Court.
While officers were obtaining names of the three men, a fourth man approached, asking what was going on. After verbally identifying himself, a background check showed a driving with a suspended license warrant out of Dearborn with a $250 bond.
The two men with warrants were arrested.
Ford Flex stolen from driveway, found with tires missing
The woman called police to report her 2016 Ford Flex stolen from her driveway in the 8100 block of Riverdale Aug. 21.
The woman told officers she parked the vehicle in the driveway at 9 p.m. Aug. 20 and noticed it missing on 7:30 a.m. the next day. Once on the scene, officers noticed broken glass on the driveway.
That same day Detroit police found the vehicle in the 9000 block of Patton. The rims and tires of the vehicle were missing and the passenger window was broken. There is no suspect information.
Muffler discovered missing off Malibu
Police responded to a house in the 6800 block of N. Silverly Lane Aug. 21 after a muffler was reported stolen.
The victim said he parked his Chevrolet Malibu on the street directly in front of his house about 6 p.m., and at 10:30 p.m. he heard a loud sound when he started the vehicle. He checked under the vehicle where the noise was coming from and saw that the muffler was cut off, and metal shavings on the ground.
There is no suspect information.
Off-duty officer spots bicyclist pushing shopping cart full of power tools
An off-duty officer spotted a man on a bicycle pushing a shopping cart full of Sears power tools with the security tags still attached at 7:31 p.m. Aug. 30 on Fort Street, and kept him in sight until on-duty officers arrived.
The man did not have a receipt for the items, did not know how much they cost and did not have an explanation for the security tags still being attached to the items, which included a Dewalt drill and impact driver combo set, Craftsman mechanic gloves, a 20-piece gear set, a 10-piece socket set, and Craftsman three-eighths-inch rachet, 18-ounce hammer, 9-piece half-inch socket set and a 9-piece three-eighths-inch socket set. The estimated value of the tools was about $800. Sears was unaware of the theft, and said they would check the security video footage and forward it to police.
High end merchandise stolen from unlocked rental car overnight
A woman in the 1700 block of Reo reported at 11:33 a.m. Sept. 5 the theft of nearly $4,000 of retail merchandise overnight from her unlocked rental car. Among the stolen items were five pairs of classic Jordan shoes, valued at $250 each; three Louis Vuitton belts, worth $500 each; a pair of $600 Cazelles sunglasses and a $600 Apple iPhone 6 cell phone. There were no signs of forced entry and no surveillance video was available.
Identity thief applies for Kohl’s, Lowe’s credit cards
A man reported fraudulent credit cards opened in his name at 4:53 p.m. Sept. 6 during a walk-in report. He said Kohl’s and Lowe’s credit cards were opened in his name using his Social Security number. He was given a report number to provide to his bank.
Known alcoholic steals beer from Rite Aid
A 48-year-old Melvindale man, a regular customer of Rite Aid, 4016 Oakwood Blvd., walked into the store about 9 p.m. Sept. 6 and walked out with two Labatt Blue tall boys without paying for them. The man, who greeted a clerk upon entering, was described as white and balding, wearing a gray flannel jacket and blue jeans, and left walking south on Allen Road. Officers, who are familiar with the man, were unable to find him. They said he is a known alcoholic who frequently steals items from local stores.
Bicycle reported abandoned
Police were called to the 14000 block of Thornwood at 11:57 a.m. Aug. 8 to pick up a boy’s bicycle, a blue Rally Meltdown that had been abandoned two days earlier. The bike is in lockup at the station.
Social Security cards stolen from unlocked car
A man in the 18000 block of Valade reported at 8:18 a.m. Aug. 28 that his and his daughter’s Social Security cards, his driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and $20 cash were stolen from the console of his unlocked 2008 Chevy Cobalt, which was parked in his driveway overnight. He was given a case number and an identify theft packet.
K9 Reno assists Southgate
A Riverview officer and K9 Reno assisted Southgate police at 1:47 a.m. Aug. 29 when Calvary Church, 15500 Howard, Southgate, appeared to have been broken into. After offices issued verbal warnings, Reno searched and cleared the premises, finding no intruders.
Car crash inside car wash
A man reported at 11:55 a.m. Aug. 31 that his vehicle was damaged when the vehicle in front of his stopped inside A & T Car Wash, 14985 Dix Toledo. He was issued a report number for insurance purposes.
Swimming pool slashed
A man in the 13000 block of Irene reported at 5:19 p.m. Sept. 4 that an Intex 16-foot diameter swimming pool valued at $400 had been slashed in the prior 24 hours, and all the water had drained out. A small metal multi-tool knife was found on the ground nearby.
Valuables, IDs stolen from unlocked vehicles
Three separate larcenies from unlocked vehicles were reported last week.
A woman reported at 4:20 p.m. Aug. 28 a gold necklace valued at $200 was stolen, along with cigarettes, a T-shirts, shorts and a wine glass from her unlocked car at Walmart, 14900 Toledo Dix.
A woman parked at Applebee’s Bar and Grill, 13855 Eureka, reported at 8:24 a.m. Aug. 30 that her pink Thirty-One purse, valued at $50, along with her debit card, Social Security card and $82 cash were stolen from her unlocked car.
A woman in the 13000 block of Peach Street reported at 7:41 a.m. Aug. 31 that two empty Coach Wristlet purses, valued at $100 each, and a plain brown purse, valued at $20, were stolen from her unlocked car overnight.
Thieves with 10 outstanding warrants taken into custody following laundromat theft
Taylor police took a 31-year-old woman and a 29-year old man from Detroit into custody the morning of Sept. 2, who had 10 outstanding Taylor warrants each, after Lincoln Park police arrested them following the theft of a woman’s wallet at 9:39 a.m. from Pro Tech Cleaning, 3730 Dix, Lincoln Park.
Surveillance video and a witness showed two men, who entered the laundromat without laundry, rummaging through the victim’s laundry basket and taking her wallet, which contained cash, credit and debit cards, while the woman appeared to be serving as lookout. The man still at large is believed to have taken the wallet as he rode north on a bicycle on Dix.
Lincoln Park officers charged the woman with larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia, and the man was charged with larceny.
Identity thief opens Comcast account
A 23-year-old Trenton woman filed a fraud report at 9:20 a.m. Aug. 29 after a credit check revealed a person had opened a Comcast account in September 2016 in her name. Comcast would not give her any details, but advised her to file a police report. She was given a case number and an identity theft affidavit to submit to Comcast.
Man passes out from drug overdose at fast food restaurant
Police and emergency medical technicians were called to McDonald’s, 3355 Fort St., where a man was passed out at a table. When officers tried to waken him, his eyes appeared to be glassy and droopy, and he had difficulty staying awake. He told officers he had smoked marijuana and taken some Xanax the night before.
He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a possible overdose, where personnel found two baggies of suspected marijuana concealed in his underwear, which were turned over to police and tagged into evidence.
Ignoring stop signs results in drug arrests
Two men were arrested for drug possession at 2:54 p.m. Sept. 2 following a traffic stop initiated when the driver rolled through two stop signs while driving a vehicle with an expired license plate tab.
The smell of marijuana emanated from the vehicle, and when the driver opened the glove box, a book about growing marijuana fell out.
Upon exiting the vehicle the driver, a 29-year-old Wyandotte man, was discovered to be in possession of three knives over three inches long, which he was wearing on his hip.
Upon searching the vehicle, police found a burnt marijuana cigarette in the center console and Suboxone, a narcotic, in cigarette packages belonging to the driver and the male passenger, a 28-year-old Dearborn Heights man. A female passenger, who did not have any narcotics in her possession, was released at the scene.
Drug-addicted relative accused of theft, arrested for possession
A 37-year-old Wyandotte man was arrested at 4:16 p.m. Sept. 3 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia after his sister, with whom he lives, returned home and discovered her laptop and camera missing. Following a heated argument, the man left the house, and when police found him walking nearby, he admitted to having heroin and a needle in his possession.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)