Community input helps Dearborn police make multiple arrests

Dadonte Owens

Dadonte Owens

Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed

Seddiq Almontesar

Seddiq Almontesar

Brandon Teal

Brandon Teal

Garrett Scharf

Garrett Scharf

DEARBORN — City officials are praising several residents who reported suspicious activity to police over the last few weeks, resulting in multiple arrests for crimes.

By being proactive and contacting police, residents send a message to criminals that the community and police work together in Dearborn, and residents watch out for their neighbors, Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the community engagement between the Police Department and the citizens of Dearborn,” O’Reilly said. “It is that continued involvement that contributes to the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, and visits our city.”

Police Chief Ronald Haddad agreed.

“We’re proud and grateful that our citizens have taken the initiative to contact the police immediately when they observed something suspicious, allowing our officers patrolling the neighborhoods to quickly respond and investigate,” Haddad said. “The police and community partnership is the most important element in maintaining a safe community.”

The mayor and chief told residents to continue to call the Police Department via 911 and the anonymous tip line, 313-943-3030.

Police responded to a call from a resident about 5:40 a.m. Aug. 27 to the 1300 block of 1331 Falcon for two suspicious males on bicycles whom she observed entering cars. Responding officers located the two suspects in question.

During the investigation, officers recovered loose change and other miscellaneous property determined to be stolen from several unlocked vehicles in the area.

One of the suspects was identified as Dadonte Owens, 18, of Detroit and the other was identified as a juvenile. Both were subsequently arrested.

Owens pled guilty in 19th District Court and was sentenced to the Dearborn Work Program, probation and fines. The juvenile is awaiting further court proceedings in the Wayne County Juvenile court system.

In a second incident, police responded to a call from another resident about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 29 to the area of Williamson and Colson streets reporting two men breaking into vehicles. The resident observed the men driving away from the area and gave a vehicle description which allowed officers to find the vehicle as it was leaving the area.

As officers attempted to stop the suspects, a brief vehicle and foot pursuit ensued, and once the suspects were apprehended, officers recovered stolen property.

The suspects were identified as Mohammed Ahmed, 21, and Seddiq Almontesar, 18, both of Dearborn.

Ahmed was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, and three counts of larceny from a vehicle. He was arraigned in 19th District Court; his bond was set at $50,000, 10 percent, and will be required to wear a GPS tether if he posts bond.

Almontesar was charged with three counts of larceny from a vehicle and also arraigned in 19th District Court. His bond was set at $1,000 cash and a GPS tether will be required if he posts bond.

Probable cause conferences were scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 9, and preliminary examinations of the evidence against them were scheduled for  Sept. 16 in 19th District Court.

In a third incident, several vehicles were broken into in the area of Ford Road and Golfview. After an investigation, evidence technicians recovered evidence from the vehicles and identified Brandon Dorian Teal, 41, of Clinton Township as a suspect.

Teal, who has a criminal history with several prior convictions for similar crimes, was located by Dearborn Special Operations officers and subsequently arrested and charged. He pled guilty in 19th District Court and was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail.

About 12:30 a.m. Sept. 1, police received a call from a resident regarding a larceny from her vehicle that had just occurred in the area of Outer Drive and Ford Road.

The woman provided the dispatcher with a suspect and vehicle description. Officers in the area spotted a vehicle matching that description and stopped it. A subsequent investigation revealed numerous stolen items inside.

The driver was identified as Garrett Scharf, 17, of Dearborn and a 16-year-old passenger from Dearborn. Both were arrested.

Scharf was charged with larceny from a vehicle and was arraigned in 19th District Court. His bond was set at $5000, 10 percent, with a probable cause conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 16 and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him set for 9 a.m.Sept. 23.

The juvenile is awaiting further court proceedings in the Wayne County Juvenile court system.

In addition, while conducting patrol and traffic enforcement, police made six arrests for weapons offenses within the past week and confiscated three firearms.

Haddad said the public can reduce their chances of being victims of thefts by always locking their vehicles and not leaving valuables inside them.

O’Reilly said the public can stay informed of police situations and investigations, inclement weather, road hazards and closures, by registering for the Nixle text and email messaging service at www.nixle.com.