Police Blotter for September 3



Random bullet hits house

A resident in the 17000 block of Cambridge reported at 11:05 p.m. Aug. 23 that a bullet came through the ceiling of his daughter’s bedroom and landed on the floor while she was using her computer in the room. Officers canvassed neighbors, none of whom reported hearing a shot. Officers concluded the bullet may have been a stray rifle round fired from a distance.

Freeway speeder caught with contraband

A 60-year-old Detroit man driving 85 mph on westbound I-94 near Oakwood at 3:08 a.m. Aug. 22 was found to have an active warrant for possession of narcotic equipment and had 4.5 grams of marijuana, a scale and small plastic bags in the vehicle. He was arrested, booked and housed at the Dearborn Police Station, and his vehicle was impounded and towed.


Man assaults police officer at hookah lounge

Police were called to the parking lot of Blue Cafe, 5125 Schaefer Road, Aug. 13 on a report of a group causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived at the hookah lounge at 1 a.m. the large group fled the area and then police also left. About 30 minutes later the group returned but was larger than the initial size and the men were fighting, jumping on vehicles and shouting profanities.

Police returned to the parking lot and asked the group of 100 people to leave but several people refused. As an officer attempted to arrest one of the men, a fight started. According to the report the man allegedly struck the officer causing his body camera to come off. The officer involved sustained minor cuts from the altercation.

Police then used an arm bar and wrist locks to arrest the man. He was arrested for resisting arrest and assault and battery of a police officer.


Counterfeit money used during cellphone purchase

A woman who posted a Craigslist ad to sell two cellphones reported that the buyer used $800 in counterfeit bills on.

The ad posted for two iPhone 7s received interest via text message by a man who contacted the woman Aug. 15. Both agreed to make the exchange in the parking lot of Panera Bread, 26580 Ford Road. At 8:15 p.m. the woman and the man made the exchange for the two devices. After the man left the parking lot, the woman realized the money given to her was fake. She went to the police station to report the counterfeit bills.

The woman described the man as black, in his mid-20s with a scruffy beard. He was wearing blue and white Nike Jordan shoes.

Police are investigating the incident.


Camera, lenses stolen from locked vehicle

A woman reported the theft of a Nikon digital camera valued at $900, and $4,000 in detachable lenses at 9:58 a.m. Aug. 27 from her locked car in the 2100 block of Keppen. A set of unidentified car and house keys were found in her vehicle following the theft, along with a blue hooded sweatshirt on the lawn nearby. The victim said the theft occurred between 3 and 7 a.m., when she noticed the driver’s side door open and the equipment missing.

Items stolen from vehicle dropped at next break-in

A man who reported a shattered driver’s side window and theft from his 2013 Chevy Silverado at 10:19 a.m. Aug. 29 recovered his cell phone, debit card and insurance card when the thief dropped it at the next vehicle he attempted to ransack. Witnesses approached the suspect at the second vehicle, who fled after ransacking it. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing red shorts, a white T-shirt and a black jacket.


Zip drive stolen from Play Atlantis arcade game

The owner of Play Atlantis, 19400 Allen Road, reported at 6:53 p.m. Aug. 26 that five teens were present during the theft of a zip drive, valued between $500 to $1,000, from an arcade game. The owner said he identified one of the children and spoke to a parent, and the child identified the boy who had the zip drive. The owner said he would not press charges if the item was returned. The theft was captured on video surveillance.

Woman runs red light while driving on suspended license

A 24-year-old Taylor woman ran a red light at 1:26 a.m. Aug. 28 while turning left onto Allen Road from eastbound Oakwood Blvd. During a traffic stop the officer discovered the driver’s license was suspended. A friend arrived to drive the woman’s vehicle, and the woman was released with citations.


Identity theft reported for fraudulent Comcast account

A Taylor man filed an identity theft and fraud complaint at 4:51 p.m. Aug. 16 when Comcast informed him that more that $400 in charges had accumulated on an account opened with his name and Social Security number for an apartment in the 14000 block of Brookview Drive in Riverview. The man completed a notarized fraud and forgery affidavit and reported the incident number to the Federal Trade Commission.

Jeep vandalized at apartment complex

A 2016 red Jeep Cherokee was reported vandalized at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in an apartment complex in the 14000 block of Brookview. The vehicle was extensively keyed, with deep scratches on the driver’s side and hood. The victim said he have no idea who would want to damage his vehicle.


1969 Plymouth Roadrunner vandalized at car show

A man reported that his restored 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, valued at $30,000, was vandalized the evening of Aug. 18 at a car show at the Southgate Shopping Center. In addition to a 15-inch scratch on the driver’s side front quarter panel and a 12-inch scratch on the rear passenger quarter panel, the hood ties were removed, causing the car’s hood to blow off during the drive home, striking the rear trunk area, scuffing it, and scratching the vehicle’s vinyl roof. There were no suspects.

Vehicle door handle pried off car door at Downriver Family YMCA

A woman reported at 9:39 a.m. Aug. 22 that someone tried to pry the door handle off her 2009 Buick Lacrosse between 7:15 and 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Downriver Family YMCA, 16777 Northline. The vandal did not gain entry to the vehicle, and the owner noted that nothing was missing.


Men break into shuttered church school ‘to get out of the rain’

Police were called to the closed St. Paschal School, 8070 Roosevelt, at 6:09 a.m. Aug. 11 when a nearby resident reported the sound of window glass breaking. Officers discovered a broken window on the west side of the building with the screen ripped out and called for backup and a K9 unit.

When officers entered the building, two men surrendered, and were arrested for breaking and entering. The men said they had left a friend’s house on Champaign when it began to rain, and they decided to break into the school to seek shelter.

One of the men was in possession of a 12-inch sheath knife. A search of the room the men were in yielded a backpack containing clothes, lighters and a glass marijuana pipe. The man with the knife was also cited for carrying a dangerous weapon, and the other man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Woman found passed out with fishing gear, empty vodka bottle

Officers responded to West Jefferson and King Road at 7:17 a.m. Aug. 19 on the report of a woman passed out. The 35-year-old woman was found leaning against a chain link fence with a purse, a backpack containing fishing gear, a fishing pole and an empty vodka bottle. She was wearing a sweatshirt but no pants, but did not display visible signs of assault.

When officers attempted to waken the woman, she appeared heavily intoxicated, was unable to answer coherently and said she just wanted to sleep. She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Man slashes ex-girlfriend’s tire after argument

A man was taken into custody shortly before midnight Aug. 17 when a witness saw the man slash a woman’s car tire in the West and Bridge roads area after the two engaged in a verbal argument.

The man, who left the scene in an older model silver Ford Taurus, was stopped by police for questioning, and admitted to slashing her vehicle tire to prevent her from “going to the house of someone he didn’t like” after their argument. He had a knife on the seat of his car, and his hands were bleeding with minor lacerations. When the woman was contacted, she said she had gone into her house after the argument had become heated, and was unaware of the vandalism until notified by the police.


Tinted windows, unreadable paper plate leads to narcotic arrest

A 25-year-old Detroit man was arrested at 8:22 p.m. Aug. 25 for narcotic possession and driving with a suspended license, and his passenger, a 24-year-old Lincoln Park woman, was arrested for narcotic possession when the driver was stopped for an unreadable paper license plate and a tinted window violation after they passed police officers on patrol on Biddle near Emmons.

When officers performed the traffic stop, they detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When the vehicle was searched prior to being impounded, a foil packet was found that tested positive for crack cocaine. Additional marijuana and cocaine was found in the woman’s purse.

Intoxicated woman fails to outrun police

A 32-year-old Wyandotte woman was taken into custody at 6:55 p.m. Aug. 27 in the area of 16th and Pine Street for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting and obstructing officers following reports of an intoxicated woman in an alley. When police approached her, she attempted to run away, then started yelling, causing a disturbance. A search of her purse revealed a crack cocaine pipe and three Gabapentin capsules, an anticonvulsant medication.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)