Police Blotter October 30


Senior citizen hits police car

An 87-year-old Allen Park man driving a Ford Escape struck a police car traveling north on Allen Road at 7:46 a.m. Oct. 20 when he failed to yield the right-of-way while exiting a Sunoco gas station, 8333 Allen Road.

The officer said he was traveling about 25 mph with his lights on in the curb lane, and that it was raining and still dark out.

The older man said he was unharmed, and his grandson, who was a passenger in the car, drove them home. The police officer was treated at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn for neck pain and advised to stay off work for a week.

Apple iPhone stolen at LA Fitness

An Apple iPhone 6s was stolen from a woman at 9:44 p.m. Oct. 21 at LA Fitness, 3223 Fairlane Drive, who said she set it against the wall of the volleyball and basketball court about 9 p.m. The detective bureau will review any surveillance video the center’s management can provide.

Sedan with invalid plates escapes hit-and-run

A man driving a 2007 Ford Edge was rear-ended while stopped at a light at Allen Road and Park Street at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 22 by a silver sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala or Malibu.

The driver, a black male, then fled, heading east on Southfield Road toward Lincoln Park. The person hit tried to follow the vehicle to get the license plate number, which police officers said was not registered to a Chevrolet. The fleeing car reportedly had heavy front-end damage.

Driver with expired plate caught with marijuana

A 41-year-old Taylor man northbound on Pelham near Van Born at 4:35 p.m. Oct. 20 was stopped after an officer ran his license plate and determined it had expired the day before. The driver said he had just been to the Secretary of State office to renew his license and tab.

As he was speaking to the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana, and the driver surrendered a container with a small amount of marijuana and another container with a pipe.

The man was ticketed for possession of drugs, paraphernalia and no proof of insurance, and released on the scene.

Mustang missing

A 2007 black Ford Mustang was reported stolen overnight at 10:33 a.m. Oct. 20 from the 6700 block of Luana Avenue. The owner said his vehicle was parked in front of his house, and was last seen at midnight. There was no sign of broken glass, and he said he has the only keys to the vehicle.


Man cited for urinating in public

Police responded to an apartment complex in the 3300 block of Wiscasset Oct. 7 for a male urinating outside.

A resident told officers she was in her apartment when she heard commotion outside when she looked out the second story window. She saw a man urinating on the ground and began using her cell phone to record the man.

Police watched the video, but it did not show the man urinating but revealed the man possibly was intoxicated because he had trouble standing up. The man’s genitals also appeared to be out of his red shorts as he walked into the apartment complex.

When officers made contact with the man, he had slurred speech and was swaying from side-to-side while standing.

He admitted to urinating outside. Police advised the man that it was against the law to urinate in public and issued him a citation for the incident.

Police confiscate replica firearm from vehicle

While on patrol in near Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, Oct. 14, police observed a vehicle entering the parking lot with an ornament dangling from the rearview mirror, causing obstructed vision.

A check of the license plate revealed that it was registered to another vehicle.When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop to further investigate, the vehicle turned and cut through the parking lot to At Home, 5901 Mercury Drive.

The back seat passenger appeared nervous and reaching forward and to the side, according to the report. The officer wrote that the passenger’s behavior was consistent with someone attempting to conceal an unknown object.

A traffic stop was conducted in the parking lot for violations. The backseat passenger continued to make movements and looking back toward the direction of the officer. While speaking with police, the man kept moving his hands and looking at a green shirt in the rear seat pocket in front of him. Officers removed the green shirt and found a black toy handgun which was determined to be a replica. The man told police he uses the Airsoft gun to shoot at squirrels. He was cited for possession of replica firearm in a vehicle.

Police also cited the driver for no proof of insurance or registration.


Copper piping missing after break-in

A contractor called police to a house in the 8600 block of Kinloch Oct. 4 after he discovered copper piping was stolen.

The contractor said he noticed the back door open just after 12:30 p.m. and searched around and inside the house. He said copper pipping from five different spots in the basement ceiling was missing.

There was no suspect information or evidence.

Television stolen from salon overnight

Police were called to Safeer Salon, 25438 Ford Road, following the theft of a TV between Oct. 4 and 5.

A salon employee called police about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and reported the missing television. The Samsung television was hanging on the salon wall before it was stolen.

Officers noticed the back door was pried open. There is no suspect information.


Wanted to drill some holes

A 35-year-old River Rouge man was arrested for allegedly trying to steal a $225 drill. Police were called to Sears, 2100 Southfield Road, about 6 a.m. Oct. 26 after the store’s loss prevention officer detained a suspect in the parking lot. While en route, dispatch reported that the suspect and the loss prevention officer were fighting near an entrance of the store and the suspect was lying on the ground.

The Sear’s employee told police he saw the suspect enter the store’s tool department and quickly select a drill, which is a high-theft item. The suspect then walked to a corner and cut off the security devise. The man then walked past checkout counters and loss preventions officers approached the suspect outside. The suspect reportedly charged the officers and they handcuffed him until police arrived.

The two loss prevention officers suffered minor injuries but declined treatment. Police found the suspect’s car parked closest to the exit doors, and it was towed. The suspect was arrested and found to have multiple warrants.

Lawn maintenance equipment stolen

Officers were called to Taco Bell, 2009 Mill St., for a larceny complaint. A man said he stopped for a meal at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 25 and when he returned to his truck, someone had taken three weed trimmers, two leaf blowers and two leaf cages valued at $3,000.

The victim told police the trailer was locked and when he returned, the lock was gone, the trailer door was open and the equipment was missing.


Woman ‘wanted to be near God’s people’

A young woman entered a church in the 25200 block of Outer Drive at 11:16 a.m. Oct. 23 after entering the parking lot at a high rate of speed, parking her Ford Explorer in a no-parking area and trying to enter the chapel carrying a mug of coffee.

When told she could not enter the chapel with the coffee, she said she “just wanted to be near God’s people.”

She then left the church, entered her vehicle, climbed through the sunroof and stood atop her vehicle with her arms raised, facing the sun. She then re-entered her vehicle, accelerated, did two “doughnuts” in the parking lot and drove west on Outer Drive at a high rate of speed.

A church member took photos of the woman standing atop her vehicle, and of her license plate, which were given to police.

Stone deer found on lawn

A woman in the 17600 block of Prospect reported at 11:49 a.m. Oct. 23 that two cement lawn statues of deer were left lying down on the corner of her lawn. Police took the deer into protective custody, tagged them and placed them in a evidence garage.

Trax scratched

A woman in the 2700 block of Margaret Avenue reported at 1:22 p.m. Oct. 25 that her 2016 black Chevy Trax was vandalized either overnight in her driveway, or the night before between 8 and 10 p.m. at a bar in Lincoln Park, where she was attending a retirement party. The vehicle appeared to have been deliberately scratched with a key or sharp metal object on the driver side, passenger side and rear tailgate.

Play Atlantis employee refuses to leave

Police were called to Play Atlantis, 19400 Allen Road, at 8:22 p.m. Oct. 23 by the owner, who said an employee refused to leave the premises. The employee said her son had been accused of damaging the putt putt golf course, and she wouldn’t leave unless she was fired. The manager suspended her and took her building key. Officers advised her not to return to the business.

Police secure vacant home

Police were called to the 17900 block of Henry at 6:38 p.m. Oct. 24 after a resident reported an open door on a vacant home. Police searched the house, and found it unoccupied. Several broken windows were observed. Officers secured the door, and notified the Department of Public Works to board up the house.


Trenton truck damaged at Land Preserve

A vehicle owned by the city of Trenton reported a large crease to the driver’s side door at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 while at the Land Preserve.

The employee said he did not see anything hit his truck, but knew a vehicle next to him, owned by a Riverview business, had difficulty unloading, and a garbage bin door may have unexpectedly opened, damaging the Trenton truck. Police then went to the Riverview business to look at their truck and bin, but found no paint transfer implicating them, so the report was filed with no action taken against the other vehicle.

Burning Buick

A fire under the hood and in the front driver’s side wheel well of a parked 2002 Buick sedan was reported at 6:20 p.m. at Memorial Elementary School, 13425 Colvin. The fire department extinguished the blaze, which was ruled accidental, and due to deteriorating equipment on the vehicle. The vehicle was photographed, impounded and towed.

Impala theft foiled

A man living in an apartment in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive reported at 12:58 p.m. Oct. 19 that the driver’s side door lock on his 2003 Chevrolet Impala had been punched, his ignition damaged, his ashtray pulled apart and broken, and his rearview mirror broken off. The owner said nothing else was taken from the vehicle.

Theft from Ford Focus

A woman living in an apartment in the 15000 block of Brookview Drive reported at 3:40 p.m. Oct. 24 that her locked Ford Focus was broken into between 8 a.m. Oct. 23 and that morning. Her driver’s license, insurance card, debit card, coins, and $80 in bills were stolen from the vehicle console. Police did not see any damage to the door locks. There were no suspects.

House window damaged by chunk of asphalt

A homeowner in the 13000 block of Pennsylvania Road reported at 2:03 p.m. Oct. 24 scratches and asphalt residue to a house window, with a chunk of asphalt found on the lawn. He said the night before, between 10:30 and 11 p.m., he heard a loud noise but did not investigate at the time. The resident, who lives across the street from Crystal Gardens Banquet Center of Southgate, said there was an event there that night, and he noticed many juveniles in the parking lot who had an opportunity to throw a chuck of asphalt as a prank.


Another online scam

A man went to the police station to report that he received an invalid check for the cost of the bicycle he was selling online. The seller said he posted the bicycle, and someone texted he would buy the bicycle and send an extra $50 for storing it.

The seller received the check on Oct. 11 and took it to the bank, where he was told the check was invalid. The seller still has the bicycle, but wanted to make police aware of the situation.

Perpendicular driving

Police arrested a 49-year-old resident after allegedly driving erratically in the area of Fort Street and Harrison Avenue about 2 a.m. Oct. 11.

The officer reported the driver abruptly change from a right lane to a turn lane for the crossover north of Harrison without signaling. The driver then turned south onto Fort and the officer followed. The officer reported the driver headed south on Fort and turned into the turn lane for the crossover back to northbound Fort. Then he started driving perpendicular to the lanes and abruptly turned north into the right lane. The driver then began changing lanes without signaling.

The officer was able to detain the driver as he south on Harrison for a second time. The driver said he had an outstanding child support warrant in Monroe County. He told police he needed seven different medications for a former head injury. Police recovered the medication and suspected marijuana and paraphernalia.

The driver was cited for defective equipment from a large crack in the car’s windshield, marijuana and paraphernalia possession. The driver later was released to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for the outstanding warrant.


Homeless drunk passes out in apartment lobby

An apartment resident at 1095 Fort Street reported to police at 3:28 p.m. Oct. 21 that a homeless man, who habitually passes out in the apartment building’s lobby, had been told to leave earlier, but returned to the lobby after buying vodka at a nearby liquor store, and once more passed out.

Officer woke the man, who was visibly intoxicated and had lost bladder control, needed help standing and had slurred speech. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.167, more that two times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was cited for public intoxication.

Patient destroys nurses’ station in rage

A patient, a 28-year-old Ecorse man, said he lost control of his temper and destroyed a nurses’ station at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital about 5 p.m. Oct. 20 when his mother told him she had been cashing his Social Security checks.

The incident was reported to the police the next day because the on-call doctor wanted to wait until she arrived on-site.

Several windows and a computer were broken, an estimated $20,000 worth of damage. Staff had already repaired the nurses’ station when police were called, but photos were reportedly taken of the damage. The patient was discharged, and told he would be contacted by the detective bureau.

Woman passed out at Whiskeys on the Water

Police were called to Whiskeys on the Water, 2903 Biddle, at 1:39 a.m. Oct. 23 when a 23-year-old Flat Rock woman was found passed out in the bathroom. Police observed that she appeared highly intoxicated, and possibly under the influence of other substances. She was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for evalation.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Tereasa Nims and Sue Suchyta.)