Police Blotter


Allen Park

Man allegedly assaults father and daughter at bus stop

A 46-year-old resident was arrested Jan. 17 after allegedly threatening a man who was walking his daughter to a bus stop about 8 a.m. that day.

John Graves Mexicotte faces a preliminary examination of the evidence against him Jan. 28 after he was arraigned in 24th District Court on two counts of felonious assault.

The alleged victim said he was walking his daughter to a bus stop in the 14000 block of Morris that day when he saw the man, later identified as Mexicotte, standing in a nearby driveway next to a car where his friend was sitting. The man said Mexicotte walked down the driveway and began yelling and him and his daughter, pulling out a three-inch knife.

The man said Mexicotte came within two feet of them, “slicing and stabbing” the knife toward them. The daughter ran across the street while Mexicotte allegedly continued to advance toward the man, yelling, “Come on man. You want some?”

The man jumped back and called police with his cell phone and Mexicotte and the other suspect allegedly ran into the house.

Officers made contact with the homeowner who said the men were her friends and were in the basement. Officers gained her permission to enter the house and spoke with the two men.

Mexicotte, who appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report, said he was outside of his car smoking a cigarette when he saw the man, who he thought was picking through his trash. He said he got into an argument with the man but “nothing else happened.”

According to the report, officers asked Mexicotte whether he had any weapons and he replied that he did not have a knife, without officers specifying which weapon was used.

The victim positively identified Mexicotte as the assailant.

A three-inch knife was found in an ash tray in the house next to a bed where Mexicotte had been sleeping.

The friend told police he was smoking in the car and saw Mexicotte get out. He said he heard yelling, but didn’t see anything else.

Truck taken overnight

A man who parked his 1991 Chevrolet 1500 in front of his house in the 7200 block of Shenandoah overnight Jan. 18 discovered it missing the next morning.

He said he left the house at 6:30 a.m. that day and saw the car missing. His daughter arrived home about 2 a.m. that day and said the vehicle was there.

Window smashed overnight

A rear passenger-side window of a 2003 Dodge Dakota was damaged while parked in a driveway of a house in the 7800 block of Cortland.

The owner said he parked it there about 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and when he returned at 7:30 a.m. the next morning, the window was smashed out and his steering column and ignition were damaged.

There was no evidence or suspects.

Resident stops vandalism

A resident of the 4700 block of East Willow Cove Boulevard told police she stopped a man attempting to steal the catalytic converteer from her car, which was parked outside her apartment.

She said she heard a noise about 3 a.m. Jan. 20 and looked outside to see a man, described as white and wearing all dark clothing, cutting off her 2001 Pontiac Sunfire’s catalytic converter. The car was propped up on a jack.

She said she tapped on the window and the man saw her, lowered her vehicle, and left in a red four-door vehicle.

The Sunfire’s exhaust pipe was cut.


Tires stolen from vehicle

A man discovered four of his tires and chrome rims stolen from his 2011 Ford Edge about 5:45 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 4200 block of Schaefer.

The man told police he parked his vehicle in front of his garage between 9:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 5:45 a.m. that day.

The thief placed the vehicle on landscaping bricks after taking the tires.

Groceries gone for good

Two Kroger employees attempted to retrieve groceries from a man in the process of stealing them in a Kroger parking lot, 23303 Michigan Ave., about 2:44 p.m. Jan. 16.

The man, described as white, in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds with facial hair, allegedly stole $126.67 worth of grocery items.

A pharmacy technician told the store manager that she saw the man walk out of the store without paying for the items. The manager and technician saw the man in the parking lot and as they approached him, he threw the stolen grocery items into the bed of his pickup truck. When the store employees grabbed the shopping cart to stop the man, he got into the truck and left. The employees gave police his license plate number, which police officers discovered belonged to a 70-year-old man.

The officers spoke with the 70-year-old man’s wife who said she did not know where her husband or the truck were.

Dearborn Heights

Thieves take copper piping

A police officer discovered copper piping missing from the basement of an vacant house in the 8000 block of Grayfield about 3 p.m. Jan. 19.

The reporting officer saw an open window and side door. The officer could not determine who the property owner was.

Vehicle damaged in theft

An IHOP employee called police after he discovered between $40 and $50 stolen from his vehicle about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the IHOP parking lot, 24140 Ford Road.

The man told police he started his shift about 5 p.m. that day and when he ended his shift about 11:45 p.m., he discovered his front driver’s-side window smashed and the money stolen out of his console.

The man said during his shift, five men left the restaurant about 11:30 p.m. and when the victim went outside to sweep, he saw the suspects, described as black, standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot. He noticed two more men sitting in a vehicle.

The man said when he finished sweeping and returned, they were gone. The man told police that he didn’t have any proof that they stole the money, but he wanted to report it.


Vehicle warmup leads to theft

A man who warmed up his vehicle parked in the 400 block of Gale Boulevard Jan. 17 said someone stole it while he went inside to get his children.

The man said he warmed it up about 7:30 a.m. and went into the house for a few minutes. When he went outside, the vehicle, a description of which was not given, was missing.

A debit card and clothes belonging to his girlfriend were inside the vehicle.

Inmate accused of stealing pills

An inmate released from the Melvindale jail Jan. 16 is accused of stealing another inmate’s prescription pain killers during his release process.

About 3 p.m. that day officers placed the 17-year-old Detroit boy in an interview room before releasing him.

After he left, another inmate said the medication was missing. Surveillance footage showed the man taking the pills from the woman’s purse and emptying them into his coat pocket.

Lincoln Park

Cell phones stolen from store

More than $2,000 worth of cellular phones and electronics were taken from AT&T Wireless, 2031 Dix Road, after one or more burglars gained entry by breaking a window.

Police responded to an alarm shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday and discovered a large window broken out with a piece of concrete that was found on the floor. A store representative arrived and confirmed the theft of five cell phones with a total value of $2,000 and an electronic tablet worth $500.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage and observed a black man with a thin build wearing a red winter coat, black pants and a black knit cap. The man walked up to the window, through the cement piece through the glass, and took the merchandise from displays.

Police collected evidence and are investigating.

Energy drink thief caught by cops

A man who said he was homeless allegedly stole energy drinks from a supermarket to sell them and obtain heroin.

Police apprehended Christopher John Lowe,25, after he allegedly stole a case of energy drinks and assaulted a loss prevention officer. Police responded to a call from Kroger, 2060 Dix, about 5 p.m. Sunday, which reported that a man took a carton of energy drinks from a shelf and began walking out the doors without attempting to pay.           The loss prevention officer approached the suspect at the door, and he pushed her to the side and ran from the store.

Responding officers located Lowe a block away near the intersection of White and Porter, in possession of the stolen merchandise.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage of Lowe pushing the loss prevention officer before he exited the store. Lowe admitted he stole two six-packs of drinks that he hoped to sell in order to obtain heroin.

Lowe pleaded guilty Monday before 25th District Court Judge David Zelenak on misdemeanor charges of retail fraud and assault and battery and was sentenced to 30 days in the Wayne County Jail.


Phones taken from retail outlet

Police responded to an alarm at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Wireless Vision, 8237 Telegraph, where they discovered a damaged back door and the theft of at least $1,500 worth of electronics.

Responding officers were met by the store manager, who said that missing merchandise included an electronic tablet worth $500, a $500 cell phone and a $550 cell phone.

The manager said the store was closed and secured at 8 p.m., and that security cameras were active but not recording. Police noted a damaged door handle at the point of entry and are investigating.

Burglar scared off by resident

A man awoke to strange noises in the 11000 block of Cove Creek and opened the blinds to see a stocky man trying to pry open a door wall.

Police were called to the house at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 18. The homeowner said that the unknown man — described only as wearing all dark clothing — ran from the house when confronted by the resident. Responding officers took note of the door wall that was damaged during the attempt to pry it open.

Police are questioning neighbors and reviewing nearby surveillance footage.


ATV, tools taken from garage

A garage in the 400 block of Elm Street was broken into and the owner reported to police the theft of an all-terrain vehicle, lawn equipment and tools.

Police responded to the call at noon Jan. 15. The homeowner told investigators he arrived home from work about 1:30 a.m., at which time the garage and door were secured.

When he awoke he saw that a side door was ajar and that a padlock and clasp were broken.

Missing items included a 1995 Yamaha Blaster all-terrain vehicle of unknown value, a leaf blower and lawn trimmer and various hand tools.

Police noted a description of the ATV and are investigating.

Man arrested for prescription fraud

A Trenton police officer was at the Walgreens pharamcy, 1700 West Road, while a pharmacist dealt with a suspected forged prescription.

The pharmacist caught the officer’s attention and identified a man attempting to pick up a suspect order of Xanax.  The officer notified other police, and four officers waited outside for the customer to exit.

The pharmacist became suspicious because the doctor, whose name was on the drug order, does not work at Oakwood as indicated, and Oakwood had no record of the suspect being a patient. A record of the prescription revealed the name of another doctor, who told the pharmacy that the suspect had not been a patient for several years.

The suspect was taken into custody, and was determined to be on probation for drug crimes. Charges are pending.


Hit-and-run damages new car

Two cars parked in the 300 block of 19th Street were damaged in an alleged hit-and-run collision about 4 a.m. Jan. 20.

A husband and wife’s 2010 Dodge and 2013 Ford Escape were parked on the street when the couple heard a noise and saw a gold or silver Chevrolet pickup truck driving away toward Orchard. The Dodge had been struck and pushed into the Escape, which the woman had purchased less than 24 hours earlier.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage

Officers followed a trail of vehicle fluid to a vehicle matching that description parked on 23rd Street. It was unlocked and sustained heavy damage to the front.

Through check stubs left in the vehicle, officers traced it back to a 25-year-old man who lived in the block, but he did not answer when they knocked on the door.

Glove found; jewelry missing

A pair of men’s gloves led a homeowner in the 14300 block of 13th to the theft of jewelry valued at more than $6,000.

About 9 p.m. Jan. 18, the woman arrived home after a three-hour absence to find a men’s camouflage glove on her daughter’s bed. She didn’t think much of it at the time, but later did, as there are only women in the house. Later, she found a matching glove on an upstairs dresser and noticed the jewelry, along with two Mp3 players, missing.

Entry may have been gained through and unlocked side door.

      (Compiled by Sherri Kolade, James Mitchell and Andrea Poteet.)