Police Blotter

Allen Park
Moviegoer nearly gets cut

Officers responded to Allen Park Cinema, 6601 Allen Road, about 9 p.m. Monday on reports to a female in a green jumpsuit in the parking lot who threatened a man with a box cutter.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a 29-year-old River Rouge woman matching the description.

The woman said she pulled a box cutter out of her purse and extended the blade toward a man because he approached her and her boyfriend from behind and was yelling about how they had ruined the movie for him.

She said when the man raised his hand in a fist, she pulled out the box cutter before her boyfriend grabbed it out of her hand and put it back in her purse. The woman was arrested for felonious aggravated assault.

$15k in tools stolen from garage
A garage was broken into about 2:45 a.m. July 4 in the 17300 block of Euclid.

The side door was kicked in and a tool chest containing various tools valued at about $15,000 was stolen. The resident, who was away from his house from 3 p.m. July 3 to 2:45 a.m. July 4, was told to provide police with a complete inventory of stolen items.

Cops put end to party at cultural club

Police closed down a party about midnight July 3 at the Lebanese American Heritage Club, 4355 Maple, after multiple resident complaints about noise and rowdy behavior.

Responding officers reported hearing bass from music several hundred feet from the club’s entrance. When they went inside, they reportedly found people smoking cigarettes and hookahs, as well as numerous bottles of alcohol on the floor.

Officers asked a man who identified himself as the party’s promoter to turn down the music, which the promoter did. However, shortly thereafter, the music was turned up louder than it had been, police said.

Unable to locate the club proprietor or representative, or licenses for smoking or serving alcohol, officers ordered everyone in attendance to leave.

A 20-year-old man was arrested for underage drinking and disorderly intoxication after he allegedly made profane remarks to the officers on his way out of the building.

Arson suspected in van fire
Police believe arson was at play in a van fire about 10 p.m. July 6 on the Norfolk Southern Railroad access drive, 13500 Rotunda.

Officers found the van behind a closed but not locked gate; firefighters were called to extinguish the fire. By the time it was put out, all identifying emblems had melted or were missing, except for the license plate. A database check showed the van registered to PC Designs in Southfield.

The vehicle was impounded and held pending an inspection by arson investigators.

Dearborn Heights
Police subdue, arrest suicidal man

A 42-year-old man who told emergency dispatchers he wanted to die by “suicide by cop” was arrested about 2:45 a.m. June 23 after a brief standoff with police at his home in the 4600 block of Lincoln.

With assault rifle-armed officers stationed around the perimeter of the house, two other officers were able to sneak into the back of the house with the aid of the man’s wife.

One of the officers approached a window in the house and asked the man, who was pacing in the driveway drinking a beer, to relinquish his M1 carbine rifle. The man allegedly refused, pointed the gun toward his house and asked about the “snipers that were aiming at his head.”

While the officer continued to talk to the man, keeping him occupied, four other officers sneaked up behind and electronically subdued him. Seized from the man were the rifle he was carrying as well as a .38-caliber handgun and ammunition.

It is unclear from reports what he was distraught about.

Truck, trailer taken
A dual-axle 2004 Ford F-350 and an attached trailer were taken sometime overnight June 21 from a driveway in the 27200 block of Pleasant Ridge.

Inside the trailer was a toolbox containing miscellaneous tools, a gas generator and a 2003 Club Car golf cart. The owner, a 55-year-old man, told police he discovered the items missing when he woke up. There were no signs of forced entry.

Lincoln Park
TVs, jewelry gone from house

Thieves hit it big Monday at a house in the 800 block of Leblanc.

The owner returned home about 12:30 p.m. to find the back door open on the north side of the house. Bedrooms and the basement were ransacked, and several items were missing.

Among them were two flat-screen televisions, one valued at $1,200 and the other at $2,400, a video game system ($400) and $15,000 to $20,000 worth of jewelry.

A neighbor reported seeing an older silver vehicle parked in the driveway with its engine running late that morning. It had a damaged front end and was being driven by a white man believed to be in his early 20s wearing a black baseball cap.

Police said they were unsure if the vehicle sighting had anything to do with the theft.

Trip to store opens ‘window’ for entry
A resident in the 1900 block of Cicotte returned from a brief trip to a store about 4:30 p.m. to find a 16-year-old Lincoln Park boy inside a bedroom.

She said her children, ages 15, 13 and 4, had been sitting on the porch while she was gone for a few minutes, and that when she came home she heard a noise. She then went to investigate and found the boy, who then jumped out the bedroom window.

The resident chased him to 7-Eleven, 1365 Dix, where she had just come from, and held him there until police arrived.

He told her and police that he was cutting a lawn at a nearby house, heard a noise at the woman’s house and went up to the open window to make sure everyone was OK. A witness, however, reported seeing the boy exit the window.

Police arrested the boy and turned him over to juvenile detention. The resident, who is in the process of moving from the house, said nothing appeared to be missing, but believes the boy may have been involved in several recent thefts there.

The boy denied any involvement in the thefts.

Upset driver driven home

Officers were sent to investigate a drunken driver heading east on Oakwood Boulevard from Allen Road about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

They watched as a Mercury Grand Marquis heading east on Oakwood made a few turns without signaling before pulling into White Castle, 17431 Dix.

Initiating a traffic stop in the parking lot, officers spoke to the driver, who was upset, crying and said she was on her way home from visiting her husband at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn.

The woman said she had not been drinking or taking prescription pills, but that her driving was erratic because she was upset, thought someone was following her, had trouble driving at night and was lost in the area. She passed some field sobriety tests, but used a walker to move about, so officers felt it was unsafe to perform some of the more physical tests.

Officers deemed it was unsafe for the woman to drive in her mental state, so they had the car towed and drove the woman home.

Car dollys jacked
Four car dolly/jacks were taken July 2 from the bed of a pickup truck at Wendy’s, 2630 Oaklwood Blvd.

A man came into the station about 6:30 p.m. to report that earlier that day he went inside to order his food, and that when he returned to his truck, the straps he had tied the equipment down with were detached and left in the bed.

Pill popper pulled over

Police stopped the driver of a tan 2002 Ford Taurus going east near Pennsylvania Road and West Jefferson about 4:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a call saying the car had run a red light on Sibley Road and was swerving between lanes.

Officers said the driver, a 29-year-old Flat Rock woman, rode up on a curb and continued drifting while being pulled over. She told them she was headed to work from Michigan Avenue and Greenfield Road, which officers determined was a lie.

The woman appeared disoriented and failed all field sobriety tests, but a preliminary breath test showed no blood-alcohol content.

Pills were found in a change purse in the vehicle. She later told officers she was under the influence of three Vicodin, three Somas, three or four Tylenols and half a Klonopin.

Police arrested her for driving while impaired by drugs.

Homeowner scares off burglars
A resident arrived home in the 11800 block of Grant about 10:30 p.m. July 4 and went to his bedroom in the basement.

About 10 minutes later, he heard footsteps upstairs and thought it was his daughter home early from a trip out of town. He went upstairs and saw two people inside his house. They unlocked the back door and fled when the homeowner confronted them.

There were no signs of forced entry beyond possible pry marks on a back door with an unlocked deadbolt. A K-9 unit was able to track the suspects’ scent 200 yards west to Krause and Grant.

The suspects are described as a 200-pound white male slightly taller than 6 feet with a blond buzz cut who was wearing all black, and a skinny teen in a black hooded sweatshirt that the victim was identified as a specific gender.

Shirt racks emptied

About $750 worth of T-shirts were discovered missing July 5 after a break-in at Modern Exchange, 12219 Dix-Toledo.

The owner said the glass on the northwest entry door had been broken, and that several racks containing the shirts had been emptied. They bore an insignia comprising an old English D and a rose.

A total of 50 shirts valued at $15 each were missing.

A clear fingerprint was found on a piece of glass from the broken door, police said.

Scooter tossed into van
The rear window of a 1997 Dodge Caravan was broken early July 1 in the 15600 block of Fordline after a metal scooter was thrown through it.

The owner said he heard a noise about 1:45 a.m. but decided against investigating it. Damage is estimated at $200.

A/C unit disappears

An air-conditioning unit was stolen between noon June 30 and 7 p.m. July 1 from the backyard of a house in the 6000 block of Sylvia.

Police did not list a value for the unit.

Appliance thief may be on TV
A water heater and a gas furnace were stolen last week from a house in the 6900 block of Beech Daly.

The house is owned by a bank. A worker who checked on the house about 7 p.m. June 28 and said the side
door had been kicked in.

An employee at a nearby party store said its video surveillance system may have recorded the theft. The recording was turned over to detectives for review.

TVs, jewelry found missing

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics were taken last week from a house in the 2300 block of Cambridge after a break-in.

A resident said the incident occurred between 10 p.m. July 3 and 4:50 p.m. July 4, when she returned to find her rear sliding door open. The house was ransacked, with clothes on the floor, drawers open and jewelry boxes lying on the floor and beds.

Missing items included two men’s wedding rings, valued at $1,000 and $800, respectively; a women’s ring valued at $1,000; two computers, one valued at $900 and the other at $1,200; a video game system and six games ($550 total); and two credit cards.

Suspended driver crashes car
A 29-year-old resident was arrested for driving a car rented by his mother after he got into a crash about 4:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Fort Street and King Road.

The mother, who lives in the 3500 block of St. Paul, told police her son took the gray Toyota without permission. She said she knew he did not have a valid driver’s license.

Police arriving on the scene after his car had collided with a tan Buick and found a black semiautomatic handgun lying in the road about 10 feet from the car driven by the man. The gun was loaded with six gold .25-caliber bullets; a similar bullet was found under the car’s front seat, but the man denied the gun was his.

The man and the woman driving the Buick were injured. Police said intoxicants were involved in the accident and obtained a warrant for a blood draw at a local hospital to determine the man’s blood-alcohol level.

He told police the gun belonged to a friend before being overcome by pain, at which point officers stopped the questioning.

A records check showed three license suspensions and a confirmed felony warrant out of Woodhaven and a personal protection order that prohibits him from obtaining a pistol. The gun from the scene and its ammunition were tagged as evidence.

Drunken hit-and-run driver arrested

Police near Oak and 10th streets about 11:30 p.m. June 30 were flagged down by a person who said their burgundy 1994 Chevrolet Corvette was involved in a hit-and-run, and that the other vehicle, a white 2002 Ford Explorer, drove west on Oak before turning north on 10th.

Officers saw it traveling north on 10th near Superior with a damaged front right tire and ordered the driver, a 23-year-old Huron Township woman, to stop. They could smell alcohol in the vehicle and said her speech was slurred and her eyes were red and glassy.

She said she had a few beers and failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test yielded a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol content reading; the legal limit in Michigan is 0.08.

Police arrested her for leaving the scene of an accident and for operating while intoxicated. At the station, a chemical breath test was given and resulted in a 0.28 reading. The woman refused to take a second chemical breath test.

Youths break windows of abandoned house
Police were called to a house in the 400 block of Ford Avenue about 2 p.m. June 30 on word of a commotion and glass breaking.

A neighbor said she saw four children ages 12 or 13 throwing rocks through the abandoned residence’s windows. One was a neighbor from a few houses away.

Officers questioned the children and learned three of them had entered the house and damaged it, including breaking four or five windows.

(Compiled by Chris Jackett, J. Patrick Pepper and Tom Tigani.)