Crime briefs of the year

Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 17, 2022

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Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from 2021:


Uber driver assaulted
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A 53-year-old Roseville man was arrested at midnight March 25 at Allard Road and Harper Avenue for reportedly assaulting an Uber driver. 

According to a police report, the driver picked up three people at a Detroit casino. On the way home, the Uber driver became upset at the foul language being used in his vehicle, and he tried to have the occupants exit the vehicle while in Detroit. 

However, the driver continued driving and was punched in the back of the head while traveling on a freeway. He then pulled over at Allard and Harper in an attempt to get the passengers out of the vehicle. 

According to the report, the driver was punched three more times in the back of the head. All three passengers left the vehicle, and the suspect was arrested a short time later.


Woman pushes customer down in checkout lane
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On March 26, at Dollar Tree at 33818 Gratiot Ave., a woman was yelled at by another customer who accused her of cutting in line. When an employee opened a new lane and the woman accused of cutting the line went to that lane, the suspect allegedly pushed the woman from behind and knocked her down. The woman reportedly hit her head. The suspect reportedly left the scene in a black Kia Sorrento.


Minor arrested for rollover car crash
EASTPOINTE — An unlicensed juvenile was detained by the Eastpointe Department of Public Safety after he flipped over his family’s vehicle due to “driving in a reckless manner.”

At 4:34 p.m. June 15, Eastpointe police officers and fire crews were dispatched to the intersection of Juliana Avenue and Crusade Street, near the intersection of Eight Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. There they found a vehicle overturned in the street.

The investigation was conducted, but charges were not disclosed by the Department of Public Safety. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.


Weapons complaint reported at park
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Around 7 p.m. July 4, officers were dispatched to McLaren Macomb for a man who was shot in the foot at Prince Drewry Park on Quinn Road. 

The man told officers he was with a group of unidentified men when one pulled a gun from his waistband and was taking a bullet out of the top of the gun. The man pulled the trigger and said “my bad.” The man stated he did not realize immediately that he had been shot, and the suspect left.

He refused to identify who took him to the hospital, and police said he was very evasive about who the suspect was, stating it was an accident. 


Man tossed in lake by boaters
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police were called to Brownie’s on the Lake, 24214 Jefferson Ave., at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 14 for a report of an assault. A 21-year-old Novi man was in the parking lot, soaking wet and frantic. 

The man said that at around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 13, he was at his parent’s boat slip in Jefferson Beach Marina. Five men asked if he wanted to go out on the lake with them, and he said yes. The group went to several bars, but a few hours later, he said the driver of the boat began to go too fast, and he asked to be taken back to his parent’s boat dock. The men began acting aggressively toward him, shoving and punching him on the boat before driving near Brownie’s and throwing him off the boat. The man tried to describe the suspects for police but had no identifying information except that they have a sailboat at Jefferson Beach Marina.


Woman caught trying to steal vacuum, flea medicine and makeup
WARREN — A Warren police officer was sent to Walmart at 12 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue at about 11 a.m. Aug. 19 to investigate a retail fraud complaint. 

According to a police report, a store loss prevention officer observed a woman attempting to steal six items from the store. He said she used the self-scanning device to ring up a lower-priced vacuum than the one she tried to leave with. Two packs of flea medicine, three eyeliner markers and a dog food bag were allegedly placed in two Walmart bags without payment. 

The woman was identified and released. Store security forwarded video and a copy of their report to Warren detectives.


Man arrested after bathroom drinking
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Around 9:40 p.m. Sept. 8, police were called to Walgreens, 29520 Harper Ave., for a report of a disorderly man drinking in the bathroom. Employees indicated the man was walking east on 12 Mile Road when officers arrived. They said he had taken a pack of Truly hard seltzers off the shelf and brought them into the bathroom, where he had consumed them without paying for them.

Police identified the man as a 41-year-old from Roseville. He denied being in the store, and he denied drinking that day, despite having slurred speech, being unable to stand up without falling and having other visible signs of intoxication. A preliminary breath test showed the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.209%. He was placed under arrest for retail fraud and disorderly conduct and was taken to the police station.


Man dropping peanuts for squirrels cited for littering 
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Around 10 a.m. Oct. 8, police were called to the area of Downing Street and Greater Mack Avenue regarding a 65-year-old man who was littering large amounts of peanuts while walking. The officers were told that city officials had been looking for the man because of complaints they had received regarding the litter. Police made contact with him as he was walking north on the west side of Jefferson Avenue, where he admitted to dropping peanuts on his walks that day and on previous days. He promised not to drop peanuts anymore. 

When police contacted him the next day, he explained that he drops the peanuts to feed the “starving squirrels” on his walks and has done so all summer. He was issued a citation for littering.


Suspect pleads guilty to car fire, motel damage
FRASER — A 43-year-old Roseville man has pleaded guilty to “firebombing” the vehicle of his ex-girlfriend and damaging the motel in which she was staying.

Police said that on April 8, 2020, the victim, a 37-year-old Roseville woman, was staying at the Garden Inn in Fraser with her two children because she was attempting to stay away from her boyfriend, who is the father of the two children. According to investigators, at approximately 3:20 a.m., the victim heard a loud noise outside her room and observed that her vehicle was in flames. The fire spread and ignited a portion of the Garden Inn; however, Fraser police and fire personnel arrived on the scene before there were any injuries.

The victim told police that the suspect had recently damaged her property and burned a vehicle in her apartment complex. Fraser detectives said they found corroborating evidence that indicated that the suspect started the fire at the Garden Inn and charged him with the crime.

On Oct. 20, the man pleaded guilty in 39th District Court to one charge of arson of personal property — $200 or more but less than $1000. Police said that he also agreed to pay $15,000 to the Garden Inn to repair the damages to their property, but that the deal indicated that he will not have to serve any time in jail for this plea.


Man allegedly left voicemail death threats for judge
MOUNT CLEMENS — On Dec. 8, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a Macomb County man is charged in connection to a threatening voicemail left for a circuit court judge.

The 44-year-old from Mount Clemens is charged with one count of misdemeanor malicious use of a telecommunications device. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail. 

A press release from the Attorney General’s Office states that, in mid-August, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Richard Caretti received a two-minute voicemail that included death threats. The Mount Clemens man was determined to be the caller.   

The suspect was given a $10,000 personal bond, referred to community mental health for an assessment, placed on house arrest and ordered to wear a tether.