Oakland County Crime of the Year: 2020

C&G Newspapers | Published January 13, 2021

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Here's a look at some of the most interesting and bizarre items provided by police during the past year.

 

Hit-and-run suspect flees scene
FARMINGTON — A Farmington Hills woman reported to police April 11 that she was rear-ended by a 2012 gold Ford Taurus while driving in the area of Nine Mile and Farmington roads. She told police the driver of the Taurus fled the scene heading west on Nine Mile Road.

Moments later, Farmington Hills police received a report of another hit-and-run accident involving the Ford Taurus at the intersection of Freedom and Drake roads.

Police later found the suspect’s vehicle unoccupied at his address, though the suspect did not answer the door when police attempted to speak with him. The incident was forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office to obtain a warrant for the driver’s arrest.

 

Man accidentally shoots himself in foot
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 22-year-old Novi man accidentally shot himself in the foot at approximately 10:57 p.m. June 11 while in the passenger seat of a vehicle with friends.

The man was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he spoke to police, telling them that prior to the incident, he had been at a bar in Milford with friends. Upon leaving, the man retrieved a pistol from the vehicle and reholstered it to his waistband.

While driving eastbound on Grand River Avenue, in front of the hospital, the man pulled out the gun and began playing with it. Not knowing the gun was loaded, he unknowingly racked a round into the chamber and pulled the trigger. His friends immediately helped the man into the hospital.

The pistol used was initially driven away from the scene by the driver of the vehicle, but it was eventually returned and taken into police custody. Police obtained a search warrant for blood samples from the man. All other parties were released from the scene while the man awaited surgery.

 

Drive-thru dispute turns ugly
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 48-year-old Farmington woman is facing assault and battery charges after a July 16 drive-thru dispute at Wendy’s, 38177 10 Mile Road, turned ugly.

Police arrived at approximately 4:20 p.m. and found the suspect still sitting in the drive-thru lane.

The suspect told police the dispute began because a drive-thru worker had given her a small lemonade when she had ordered a large. She said the worker poured the lemonade into a large cup, filled it the rest of the way, and returned it wet, with an unsecured lid. The suspect requested the worker wipe off the cup. She said the worker then provided the suspect her food, allegedly dragging it across the window sill, causing it to become wet, too. The manager stated Wendy’s could provide a refund, though the lemonade would need to be returned. At that time, the suspect admitted, she threw the lemonade at the window.

Police spoke to the worker, who shared with them a similar story, but adding that the customer allegedly had been verbally abusive toward them from the start, saying things like “are you (explicative) stupid?” and “I don’t want any of your (explicative)” before throwing the lemonade through the window. The worker told police the lemonade hit her left forearm and the drink spilled on her.

The customer was arrested and cited for assault and battery. She was notified of a trespassing order to not return to the restaurant. She was released at the scene.

 

Reckless driver flees police at 100 mph
FARMINGTON — A Farmington Public Safety sergeant was nearly struck in his vehicle July 20 by a reckless driver in a white Toyota heading down Grand River Avenue, near Farmington Road, at 100 mph. The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

The sergeant attempted to stop the vehicle but terminated the pursuit out of concern for safety after the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and began disobeying several red lights.

Undercover officers in an unmarked police vehicle from a neighboring agency were able to locate and follow the driver, ultimately resulting in the driver being arrested and taken into custody.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office charged the driver with a third-degree felony for fleeing police.

 

Man arrested for throwing apples, breaking car windows
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 57-year-old Farmington Hills man was detained and arrested at 11:56 a.m. July 28 after witnesses in a mobile home community at 30030 Eight Mile Road reported seeing the man throwing apples at a neighboring mobile home and smashing a minivan’s windows with a hammer.

When police arrived, they found the suspect unsteady on his feet, with blood on his hands and clothing.

The neighbor told police the suspect had reported to police that he believed the neighbor had stolen his TV a day prior. When the suspect returned July 28, he began yelling from outside, accusing the neighbor of stealing the TV before beginning to throw apples at and inside the mobile home, according to a police report.

A witness working nearby heard yelling. When she found the suspect throwing apples, she told him to go back inside, which he did, until he returned with a hammer-like object and allegedly began smashing the windows of a minivan parked in front of a nearby mobile home, according to a police report. A second witness also said the suspect was involved.

No damage was done to the mobile home from the apples, and the minivan’s owner could not be contacted at the time of the incident. The suspect was arrested on assault and battery charges.

 

Motorcycle theft reported
WEST BLOOMFIELD — At around 8:40 p.m. Aug. 8, an unknown suspect allegedly took a motorcycle from a residence in the 4000 block of Old Dominion and crashed it down the street.

The suspect then fled the scene.

The case was turned over to detectives.

 

Bullet travels through wall into neighbor’s home
FARMINGTON HILLS — Police are investigating a possible shooting in the townhomes in the 22000 block of Cape Cod Way at approximately 9:08 p.m. Sept. 18.

Residents reported finding a bullet that had penetrated the back of the refrigerator and that they believe came from the neighboring apartment.

The townhome owner told police she and her family members were going about their evening when they heard a loud noise thought to be a round from a firearm. After checking the house, they found the bullet lodged in their refrigerator.

Police made several attempts to contact the neighbors before breaching both doors to their townhome.

Officers cleared the townhome but found no one inside. Officers took several handguns, handgun magazines and bullet rounds into evidence, as well as mail left out that they believed belonged to the residents.

Inside the breached townhome, officers observed a single hole into the kitchen refrigerator consistent with the size of a bullet. Inside the refrigerator, a tub of butter was splattered, and the bullet hole continued through the rear of the refrigerator and passed through the wall into the next townhome. Police believe the bullet came from a high-velocity weapon.

There were no injuries reported.

 

Man cited after eggs hit car
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 62-year-old Farmington Hills man has been cited for malicious destruction of property less than $200 after he allegedly threw eggs at a 65-year-old woman’s vehicle.

The woman told police she arrived at the 31000 block of Freedom Road at approximately 3:13 p.m. Oct. 8 and honked one time to inform a family member she had arrived, when eggs thrown from a nearby balcony hit her car. At first, she believed someone was shooting at her, but later she realized otherwise, as egg yolk dripped down her car.

She said she has had problems with the suspect before, and he allegedly has previously verbally harassed her. The victim’s family member reported living at the apartment complex for five years, never having an issue until the suspect moved in.

When officers spoke with the suspect, he denied throwing any eggs at the victim’s vehicle. A witness stated they did not see the suspect throw any eggs, but they did hear eggs hit the victim’s vehicle and saw the suspect standing on his balcony afterward.

 

Police investigate shots fired
FARMINGTON — Officers arrived at the Drakeshire Apartments complex Nov. 5 after a report of possible gunfire in the area.

They spoke to the complex management, who told police they had heard several gunshots fired outside. When management went outside to check, they heard another gunshot fired and witnessed a man run into one of the buildings.

Officers located the subject they believed to be responsible, but he denied firing any weapon, stating rather that his friends had fired their gun into the air to test it. He did not provide police with his friends’ names, and management did not witness any other subjects in the area. Officers found several empty bullet casings in the parking lot next to the suspect’s car.

Officers found and confiscated the weapon, observing that the shell casings were the same caliber as the weapon. The case was open, pending lab comparisons of the firearm and the casings found.

Police issued the suspect, who provided them with a false name initially, a citation for the violation. They noted it was the man’s birthday and that the shots most likely had been fired into the air. No witnesses observed the suspect fire any weapon.

 

Speeding confrontation results in head-butting
WEST BLOOMFIELD — A 59-year-old man in the 1500 block of Wilcot Avenue saw a vehicle speeding and confronted the people in the vehicle at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 10.

One of the vehicle occupants exited the vehicle and attempted to head-butt the man, but it only grazed him.

The case was turned over to detectives for review.

 

Officer helps rescue man from pond
WEST BLOOMFIELD — At approximately 1:30 a.m. Nov. 22, West Bloomfield Police Department Officer Alex Lang helped rescue a man whose vehicle went into a pond in the 7000 block of Woodingham.

The Police Department had gotten a call from a resident who reported hearing someone yelling for help.

Lang responded after hearing a dispatch call to the West Bloomfield Fire Department about the incident.

He arrived at the scene and entered the water to attempt to help the 92-year-old man.

Lang observed that the water was up to the steering wheel inside the vehicle.

He removed the driver from the vehicle and carried him to shore.

Fire Department medics arrived and treated the resident.

The man reported that he had been inside his vehicle in the water for approximately an hour.

According to Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, there were no drugs or alcohol involved, and it “appears he just took a wrong turn and ended up in the pond.”

 

Illegal drivers duke it out
BIRMINGHAM — Police were dispatched to Old Woodward Avenue and Hamilton Road around 3 p.m. Jan. 31 on reports that a traffic accident had led to a fight.

Witnesses said one vehicle had been attempting to pass another vehicle during a turn when both vehicles stopped in the intersection. Both drivers reportedly got out of their vehicles.

One of the drivers, a 28-year-old man from Somerset Center, Michigan, started to punch the other driver, a 23-year-old Northville man. Both drivers had suspended licenses and were arrested.

 

Suspect ID’d by dropped prescription
BIRMINGHAM — At around 4 p.m. March 7, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy at 444 S. Old Woodward Ave. on reports that a man had just stolen merchandise.

Officers located several stolen items, including body wash and other various things, behind a generator in the store’s parking lot. A prescription pill container was among the items.

Officers were then dispatched to Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, 201 S. Old Woodward Ave., on reports of a man yelling obscenities at customers. Officers found the man, a 60-year-old Madison Heights resident, who matched the description of the suspect seen stealing at CVS. His name also matched what was on the pill container. He was arrested for retail fraud.

 

Man strips to underwear downtown
BIRMINGHAM — Officers were dispatched to 220 restaurant, 220 Merrill St., around midnight June 19 regarding a fight in progress.

Upon arrival, police observed two men pushing and screaming at each other. Both were found to be intoxicated. One of the men, a 31-year-old Washington Township resident, began to remove his clothes, stripping down to his underwear, before spitting at officers. He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

 

Strange note left in place of cash
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Officers were dispatched to Birmingham Country Club, 1750 Saxon Drive, on Aug. 13 on a report of a theft.

The victim told police that on Monday, Aug. 10, someone had entered his vehicle, which had been left unlocked in the parking lot overnight, and taken $800 in cash from his wallet.

A tub of avocado butter was left in the vehicle with a note that read, “A voice (Butter) crying in the wind edible waffle toast muffin Thank you.”

The club’s general manager told police he suspects a former employee, who was terminated from the club earlier this year and had sent a handwritten postcard to an employee that was very similar to the note left in the victim’s car.

An investigation was ongoing.

 

Rider followed, attacked by teens
BIRMINGHAM — Officers were dispatched to the area of Eton and Lincoln streets around 9 p.m. Sept. 18 on a report of an assault in progress involving multiple individuals.

The suspects fled the scene before officers arrived. A 34-year-old Birmingham man said he was riding his scooter southbound on Old Woodward Avenue, near Oakland Avenue, when a black Lincoln SUV pulled up and the occupants yelled at him for going too slowly and threw a water bottle at him.

The SUV reportedly followed the man to his residence, where a group of young men, all approximately 17 years old, exited the vehicle and began punching him in the face.

Two of the individuals tackled the victim to the ground, causing his shoulder to become dislocated. The suspects then returned to the vehicle and left the area. An investigation was ongoing.

 

Porta-John missing from park
BIRMINGHAM — Officers were dispatched to the Birmingham Ice Arena, at Lincoln Street and Westchester Way, around 10 a.m. Sept. 30 on reports that a Porta-John had been stolen.

Employees said the Porta-John was stolen from the adjacent Lincoln Park. There were no suspects or witnesses.

 

Unknown suspects go bike tipping
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Officers responded to Motor City Power Sports, 1645 S. Telegraph Road, at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 on a report of a break-in.

A store employee told officers that he had arrived at the store that morning to find one of the front showroom windows smashed. Officers searched the building and found several motorcycles tipped over in the showroom. The employee confirmed that nothing had been stolen.

Security cameras reveal at least three individuals involved in the break-in. An investigation was ongoing.

 

Machete stolen
CLAWSON — On July 9, a Clawson homeowner reported that an unknown suspect had stolen an antique steel machete with a handle carved from water buffalo horn that her 80-year-old husband had been using to improve the curb appeal of their driveway, located in the 100 block of Walper Avenue, near Main Street and 14 Mile Road.

The complainant said her husband worked for weeks in the “scorching heat” using the tool made in the Philippines and said that it does a better job than a shovel for gardening. She added that the unknown suspect must have had to walk around their parked car to get to the front yard and pick up the machete.

She implored whomever took the machete to return her husband’s “pride and joy” with no questions asked.

 

Stolen Rolex watch returned to owner
ROYAL OAK — A complainant reported that sometime between 10:30 p.m. July 21 and 8 a.m. July 22, an unknown suspect stole her $7,000 Rolex watch from her unlocked car, which was parked in the 900 block of North Stephenson Highway, south of Gardenia Avenue.

On July 27, Royal Oak investigators spoke with the woman, who suspected that an ex-boyfriend had stolen the watch. Police left a voicemail for the suspect to discuss the missing Rolex.

On July 29, the woman called the detective assigned to the case to report that the suspect had returned the Rolex and she did not want to pursue larceny charges.

 

Police issue citation to man drinking beer at market
ROYAL OAK — At approximately 5 p.m. Aug. 15, store employees reported that an unknown man was drinking cans of beer from a store cooler at Woodward Corner Market, 30955 Woodward Ave., south of 13 Mile Road.

Police spoke with the man, who stated he had no means of paying for the beer, and issued him a citation for retail fraud.

 

Dozens of ATVs, dirt bikes flee from police
BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Safety Department had an unusual pursuit with a group of several dozen motorists at 7:53 p.m. Sept. 13.

According to the report, an officer was leaving a home after a call on Bacon Avenue when he observed several all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes driving on eastbound 12 Mile Road. As the officer approached the road, approximately 30-40 more riders drove by. The officer pulled behind the last ATV of the group and activated his lights.

The drivers of the ATVs and dirt bikes continued on 12 Mile without stopping, with some reportedly even riding in the opposite lane of traffic and performing wheelies. The riders then turned and drove southbound on Woodward Avenue. Two more patrol vehicles joined the pursuit, but the motorists continued driving.

“Officers followed the Riders with Emergency Lights and Sirens on, as riders taunted Officers by cutting off their lane of travel, riding next to patrol vehicles with cell phone cameras pointed at them, and yelling profanity at units,” the report read. “Riders continued to drive recklessly down (southbound) Woodward and performed tricks on their vehicle and accelerated at high speeds from a slow role. Riders swerved in and out of lanes and also drove through red lights without due regard.”

One rider on a black motorcycle drove next to one of the patrol vehicles and kicked the door with his left foot while on his bike. Police drove with the riders for public safety and rider safety, according to the report, until they terminated the pursuit at southbound Woodward and 10 Mile Road. The group continued driving on Woodward into Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale.

The case was turned over to the detective bureau for further investigation.

 

Driver runs over man’s foot
BERKLEY — A 56-year-old Lathrup Village woman was arrested by police for operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.17% or more after she reportedly ran over a man’s foot.

According to a police report, officers responded to the 2900 block of Coolidge Highway for a possible drunken driver at 5:38 p.m. Sept. 22. The complainant, a 33-year-old Royal Oak man, told police that a driver had run over his foot. Police were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle driving erratically on Wiltshire Road.

Police observed that the woman’s speech was slurred and that she smelled of intoxicants. She denied hitting anyone and having anything to drink, police said. She submitted a breath test that showed a blood alcohol result of 0.27%, according to the report.

 

Suspected drunk driver tells police to arrest him
SOUTHFIELD — An officer on duty in the area of Southfield Road and George Washington Drive said he saw a vehicle driving erratically, with the passenger door opening, around 2:32 a.m. Jan. 21.

Once the vehicle was stopped, police said, the man came out of the car yelling, “Take me to jail, I’m drunk.”

Police said the investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated, and police granted his request.

The man was arrested and transported to the Southfield jail.

 

Golf club-wielding man apprehended by building staff
SOUTHFIELD — Police were dispatched to a larceny in progress at an office building in the 17000 block of Nine Mile Road around 11:36 a.m. Jan. 22.

Police said that staff and security from the building responded to the 12th floor after being notified of a larceny from one of the suites in the building.

Several fire alarms were also activated at that time, police said.

According to staff at the building, they encountered a man in the stairway on the 12th floor who was carrying a golf club. He raised it at one of the men before the security guard tackled him.

Three men detained the suspect in the stairwell until police arrived.

During their investigation, police determined that the man had taken a Detroit Lions jersey, a helmet, a golf club and golf balls from a suite on the 12th floor. The stolen items were recovered and returned to the business.

Police said that the suspect had used the golf club to break multiple items, including computer monitors, a laptop, a copy machine, windows, doors and several items of sports memorabilia.

The man was taken into custody for larceny in a building, malicious destruction of property and felonious assault.

 

Crack dispute ends in arrest
SOUTHFIELD — A man called police on his friend for smoking too much of his crack.

Police were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 25000 block of Greenfield Road on report of a dispute at 11:18 p.m. Feb. 7.

When police arrived on scene, a man said that he and his friend had been smoking crack, and he was upset because she was smoking too much.

The man told police that the woman had been staying at his house for the past several days and she was no longer welcome.

When the woman was patted down, police recovered a suspected crack pipe and a brass or copper wire inside her glasses case.

Police said the inside of the pipe was coated with a white substance, and there were burn marks at the end of the pipe.

The woman was taken into custody for narcotics paraphernalia.

 

Woman arrested after apartment complex shooting
SOUTHFIELD — Police have arrested a woman they say is responsible for assaulting a man with the intent to murder him.

According to a police report, at 4:12 p.m. Feb. 21, police were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 29000 block of Franklin Hills Drive on a report of a shooting.

Dispatchers told police that a woman wearing a black coat and driving a red Chrysler 300 was shooting at a man in a white SUV.

When police arrived, they located the suspect’s vehicle still at the complex and attempted to stop it.

Additional officers arrived on scene to assist, and police spoke to a witness from the complex where the shots were fired.

The witness told police that she had seen a man and a woman arguing in the parking lot, and she saw the man reach into the red Chrysler 300 and grab what looked like a set of keys and throw them in the grass.

The witness said the man then walked over to a white GMC Yukon or Suburban and got inside, while the woman exited the Chrysler and discharged four to five rounds at the man from a black and silver handgun. Police said the man then backed out from his parking spot and fled the area.

According to the witness, the woman then looked around in the grass for a moment and presumably found her keys, because she entered the Chrysler and headed toward the exit.

Police were able to detain her and begin their investigation, and they discovered two small, crying children in the back seat of the woman’s vehicle.

Police searched the vehicle and located a black and silver handgun in the glove box and recovered it. Officers also recovered a spent shell casing and a gun holster on the woman’s person.

The woman was taken into custody for carrying a concealed weapon and assault with attempt to murder.

 

Man wakes to discover cut-open pocket
SOUTHFIELD — A man told police he fell asleep inside a room at a hotel in the 26000 block of Telegraph Road around 1:15 p.m. March 1.

When he woke up around 3:30 p.m., the man said, he noticed the pocket on his shorts had been cut open, and his wallet, money and keys were missing.

The man told police he suspects a person he was with earlier in the day of being responsible for the theft.

The suspect was identified, and the incident was under investigation.

 

Counterfeit bill given to pizza delivery driver
SOUTHFIELD — Police arrested a man for allegedly using fake money.

Police responded to the 23000 block of Grayson Drive on a report of a possible counterfeit bill around 10:56 p.m. March 17.

A pizza delivery driver said he went up to the door of a residence and was greeted by a man who gave him a $100 bill and told him to keep the tip.

When the victim returned to his vehicle, he realized that the bill was not real, and he called the police.

Officers arrived at the scene, and probable cause was established that the man had known he was using a counterfeit bill.

Police said the suspect also had an outstanding warrant from the 46th District Court for embezzlement.

The man was taken into custody for passing counterfeit currency and the outstanding warrant.

 

Woman smashes phones after getting fired
SOUTHFIELD — A woman was being investigated for malicious destruction of property and assault and battery.

At 11:03 a.m. March 21, police were dispatched to a restaurant in the 24000 block of 12 Mile Road on a report that an assault had just occurred.

The manager of the business told police that one of the other managers had just been fired.

The woman who had just been terminated became very upset, according to the witness, and slammed the business phone on the counter before throwing it onto the floor, breaking it.

Police said the suspect then grabbed the witness by her neck and was about to choke her, but another employee stepped in between them and pulled the suspect away.

According to police, the altercation left the victim with scratches on her neck.

The victim then tried to use her phone to call 911, but the suspect snatched it away from her and threw it on the floor, cracking the screen, police said.

An evidence technician responded to the scene and took photos of the victim’s injuries and the damage to her cellphone.

Police said the suspect was identified and the incident was under investigation.

 

Driver’s license found at scene of failed motorcycle towing
SOUTHFIELD — Police were dispatched to the 19000 block of west Nine Mile Road for a report of a motorcycle in the roadway in front of the address at 1 a.m. Aug. 8.

The motorcycle was blocking the roadway. Officers observed fresh tire marks leading from the driveway of the residence through the front yard, exiting onto westbound Nine Mile.

Police determined that the Can-Am motorcycle had been towed from the victim’s driveway, but the tow strap may have broken during the attempt to steal the motorcycle, and the Can-Am was left in the street.

The owner was located and notified of the incident. It appeared that the only damage sustained on the motorcycle was to the license plate bracket. Police located a driver’s license that was left at the scene. A possible suspect had been developed, and the incident was under investigation.

 

Ding-dong ditcher arrested for disorderly conduct
SOUTHFIELD — Police arrived in the 25000 block of Shiawassee Circle during the early morning hours Aug. 22 after several condominium owners reported a subject was repeatedly ringing their doorbells and banging on their doors, disturbing the peace.

Officers received three subsequent calls regarding the same person and same complaint that night.

Officers located the subject when the subject saw the police and started to walk away briskly. When officers made contact and told the subject to stop, he continued to walk away.

The subject was finally stopped and taken into custody for a disorderly persons report.

While in police custody, the suspect reportedly stated to officers, “You’re lucky I don’t have a gun.”

 

Robbery leads to shooting, injuries
SOUTHFIELD — A midafternoon shooting Sept. 17 left two individuals hospitalized with gunshot injuries that were not life-threatening.

Southfield police were dispatched to the area of Evergreen Road and Northwestern Highway at 4:41 p.m. for a report that a white SUV was chasing a black car and shooting into it. Officers arrived at the scene, but neither vehicle was found.

Michigan State Police stopped a black vehicle roughly 20 minutes later in Detroit and found two of the three occupants had been shot. The two occupants were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the black vehicle admitted to police that the occupants had robbed the driver of the white vehicle for marijuana cartridges. Subsequently, the subject in the white vehicle began shooting at them, they said.

The driver of the black car was arrested for armed robbery. Southfield detectives and evidence technicians were investigating the incident and the scene where the crime took place.

 

Police investigate home invasion, assault and battery
SOUTHFIELD — Police were searching for four unidentified males who they believed were involved in a home invasion, assault and battery incident that occurred at approximately 10:26 p.m. Oct. 2 at an apartment on Greenfield Road.

Officers arrived at the scene to speak with a woman who had initially reported her vehicle was stolen. The woman told police the suspect believed to have stolen her vehicle was supposed to take her to the hospital and then park her car back at the apartment complex. Officers informed the woman that her vehicle was in the parking lot.

Upset and thinking her vehicle had been stolen, police believe the woman told a family member and possibly his friends that the suspect didn’t return the vehicle. When officers spoke with the driver involved, he told them four males forced their way into an apartment and assaulted him. Police observed a cut above his left eye. He said his left leg was in pain.

The driver told police that during the assault the reporting woman told the four males to stop assaulting him, to which they complied. However, the woman denied going to the apartment and was uncooperative with the investigation.

The investigation was ongoing.

 

Teens caught stealing items from cars, fleeing from police
ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office received a call alerting them to a potential larceny suspect on Wynstone Circle North at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 14.

The caller told deputies she had seen two suspects on her Ring doorbell camera attempting to open her locked vehicle.

Deputies responded to the area and observed two suspects attempting to open the doors of three vehicles before running from the scene north through the yards.

There were several K-9 units in the area performing training exercises, and they responded to the scene and assisted in locating the suspects.

Two K-9 units began a track from the area where the suspects had last been seen and located a green bag containing a laptop and identification belonging to a resident of the 300 block of Wynstone Circle South.

One suspect was later found hiding behind a house. He gave a false name to deputies, but later admitted that he had lied and gave his real name. The suspect was a 17-year-old Florida resident visiting a local home, where the second suspect, a 15-year-old Rochester resident, was later found.

The suspects were transported to the substation. Both suspects were interviewed and the 15-year-old’s parents were contacted. The 15-year-old was turned over to his parents per the referee at Children’s Village. The other suspect was transported to the Oakland County Jail and was lodged pending the issuance of charges.

 

Man found passed out on sidewalk arrested for disorderly intoxication
ROCHESTER — Officers were dispatched to the area of Main and Third streets for a man passed out on the sidewalk at approximately 2:49 a.m. Jan. 21.

The 45-year-old Rochester resident was lying on the ground in the fetal position and did not respond to officers.

The subject finally appeared to understand that the officer was talking to him and flipped the officer off with both middle fingers. He was visibly intoxicated, and the officer could smell the odor of consumed intoxicants.

The officer asked the man’s name several times, but the man would not give it, stating at one point that he did not have a name. He was placed under arrest for disorderly intoxication and was transported to the Rochester Police Department.

 

Man pulls knife at restaurant, upset about man vomiting at table
ROCHESTER HILLS — While on patrol in the area of South Rochester and Hamlin roads, a deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation observed what appeared to be a disturbance occurring inside a restaurant in the 1900 block of South Rochester Road at 2:40 a.m. March 6.

The deputy was advised by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Operation Center that there was a physical fight inside the restaurant and that one of the subjects was in possession of a knife.

Deputies reportedly restored order, and it was determined that the knife had been taken away by an employee of the restaurant during the confrontation.

The initial investigation determined that the altercation was the result of an intoxicated individual vomiting in a bucket at a table. The altercation escalated to the point that a man got up from his table, took out a large pocketknife and approached one of the men sitting near the vomiting man.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man from Metamora Township, pointed the knife at a 27-year-old man from Fraser, keeping it only a few inches away from him and telling him to do something about his friend throwing up.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Oakland County Jail, where he was lodged. There were no injuries reported. Detectives were continuing with the investigation.

 

Teen arrested after stealing gun, other items from cars
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Oakland Township substation responded to a residence on Sussex Drive on a report of a suspicious person at approximately 11:38 p.m. April 13.

The caller reported seeing someone on her surveillance camera standing near her vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. Deputies responded to the area and located a suspicious vehicle on a neighboring street and initiated a traffic stop. Deputies inquired as to why the suspect, a 17-year-old from Rochester Hills, was in the area. He was unable to provide a plausible answer. Upon investigating, deputies located a stolen handgun inside the suspect’s vehicle, along with other items that appeared to have been recently stolen.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and transported to the substation to speak with a detective. The subject subsequently admitted to breaking into multiple vehicles.

The recovered handgun was returned to its registered owner. The driver was lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of criminal charges. Detectives were continuing with the investigation.

 

Man arrested after threatening to burn down neighbor’s home
ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation responded to a neighborhood for a subject who was allegedly setting the grass on fire in proximity of the complainant’s residence at 11:46 p.m. April 25.

The complainant, a 47-year-old woman from Rochester Hills, told police the neighbor had taken a red gas can and poured gas onto a grassy area near her residence and used a lighter to start the fire.

The suspect, a 60-year-old man from Rochester Hills, reportedly stated “she was next,” insinuating the threat was made to set her home on fire. When the complainant advised she was calling the police, the suspect fled into his residence, shut the door, and turned the lights out.

The complainant recorded a short video of the suspect lighting the grassy area on fire and presented it to deputies for their review.

While deputies were at the scene, the suspect indicated he had lit the fire in order to teach his neighbor a lesson. The suspect was taken into custody and was transported to the Rochester Hills substation to speak with a detective.

He was transported to the Oakland County Jail, where he was lodged pending the issuance of criminal charges. Detectives were continuing with the investigation.

 

Man walks into store with ax, confronts clerk
ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation were called to a business in the 2600 block of South Rochester Road after a man walked in with a large ax at 12:06 p.m. July 19.

Deputies spoke with the clerk, who was standing outside and stated that a man, 24, of Rochester Hills, was standing inside the store with his back leaning on the front door.

The clerk told deputies that, after the man put the ax down, he walked behind the counter and confronted him. The subject then reportedly took the clerk’s glasses off, threw them, and began staring at his face very closely, before walking out from behind the counter and getting a bag of chips.

As the man began to eat the chips, the clerk said he kicked the ax under a shelf.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they tried to speak to the suspect but received no response. The man continued to stare straight ahead, according to reports. The man’s mother arrived at the scene and told deputies her son has paranoid schizophrenia and that he had not taken his medication for months.

The subject was taken into custody and was transported to Troy Beaumont Hospital for a committal and a medical evaluation. No injuries were reported. The incident remained under investigation.

 

Drunk man throws Halloween decorations, lays in fetal position on random porch
ROCHESTER — Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Seventh Street for an unknown male sitting on the caller’s porch at 2:20 a.m. Oct. 4.

The caller told police they had observed the man rearranging and throwing their Halloween decorations, and at one point, he knocked on the front door.

Officers arrived in the area and found a man curled up in the fetal position on the front porch of the caller’s home.

Officers made contact with the suspect, identified as a 32-year-old Rochester man. While speaking with the man, they observed signs he had been drinking, and a preliminary breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.19%. The man was transported to the Rochester Police Department and held until he was sober. He was released with a pending court date for disorderly intoxication.

 

Home invasion suspect tells residents he was trying to help
ROCHESTER HILLS — A caller reported a home invasion in progress at a residence in the 3200 block of Avalon Road at 1:37 p.m. Oct. 9, where the suspect fled in an older-model dark gray Chevrolet Silverado with no license plate.

The victim reported that she and her mother returned home and noticed a truck parked in the driveway. Assuming it was a roofing company, the woman drove around the truck and parked in the attached garage. She and her mother walked to the side door, discovered that it was open and saw broken glass on the ground.

The suspect then exited with a bedsheet and a blanket in his hands.

The suspect told the victims that someone had broken into the residence and that he had knocked him down in the hallway. Not believing what she was told, the woman replied to him that she knew he had items belonging to her. The suspect ran to his truck, threw the stolen items in the bed of the truck and fled the scene.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation responded and checked the residence, but they did not find any other suspects inside.

An evidence technician processed the scene, but the suspect’s vehicle was not located. The incident was under investigation.

 

Hospital patient reportedly found with syringes of suspected heroin
TROY — Security staff at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, reported to police that a 35-year-old Sterling Heights woman, a patient at the hospital, was found with a syringe of suspected heroin Feb. 21.

The nursing staff believed the woman’s boyfriend had visited her and provided the suspected heroin, according to the police report.

When the hospital staff checked the bedding, they found the syringe, police said.

The woman reportedly grabbed the syringe away from hospital staff, injected herself with it and then flushed the syringe down the toilet.

When staff tried to establish an IV line for the patient, they reportedly found another syringe of suspected heroin sticking to her back.

According to the police report, the patient became angry and needed to be secured to the bed by security and hospital staff.

Responding police tried to speak with the woman, but they were unable to do so when she became ill. Police placed the syringe into evidence, according to the police report.

 

Man allegedly steals tip jar after being denied restroom access
TROY — A man reportedly stole the tip jar from the Starbucks at 1921 E. Big Beaver Road just before 3:45 p.m. June 21.

A witness told police the theft occurred after employees told the man he could not use the restroom.

 

Drunken driver crashes into vehicles
TROY — The night of Aug. 25, police investigated a reported hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Northampton and Stratford drives. Police spoke to witnesses and reportedly learned that the driver at fault had hit two other vehicles, tried to flee and then conked out shortly after.

Police spoke to the reported at-fault driver, a 60-year-old Hazel Park man whose vehicle allegedly stank of intoxicants. Police reportedly had to help the man out of the driver’s seat, and he allegedly didn’t do well in sobriety testing and allegedly scored a 0.22% blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test.

Police arrested the driver and were awaiting blood test results.

 

Man with concealed gun runs from police
TROY — Police reportedly approached three males outside Neiman Marcus Nov. 3 after hearing about an argument “where a handgun had been implied” at Somerset Collection South, 2801 West Big Beaver Road.

According to police, one man ran away upon being asked to participate in a weapons search. However, he reportedly tripped and fell while running down an escalator, and police said a handgun came out of his waistband. Police arrested the suspect, a 25-year-old Detroit man, and later noted that the gun had been declared stolen in 2018.

Police said the man was later charged with carrying a concealed weapon, felon possessing a firearm, and stealing or retaining a financial transaction device without permission.

 

$1.4 million in film gear stolen
TROY — Police were looking for whoever stole a gray 2007 Ford F-350 truck with a trailer from the parking lot of Fairfield Inn & Suites, 225 Stephenson Highway, Nov. 3 or 4.

The attached trailer reportedly had “highly specialized filming equipment” worth about $1.4 million.

 

Porch pirates seen wearing wolfman, goalie masks
TROY — Suspects reportedly stole delivered items off home porches Nov. 21 in the 5900 block of Cliffside Drive, located near Square Lake Road, between John R and Dequindre roads.

Police said a witness saw the suspects get inside a small white vehicle and throw boxes out of the vehicle onto the street. Police noted that a box had a Sterling Heights residence listed and another box belonged to a home that had surveillance camera footage.

Police saw the video, which depicted two suspects leaving their vehicle. One wore a wolfman mask, and the other had a hockey goalie mask. The investigation led police to another incident where the porch pirates allegedly struck in Troy, and a witness caught a license plate description. Police later found the vehicle and arrested the driver, an 18-year-old Troy man. Police said they also impounded the vehicle, which reportedly contained the masks and reported stolen items.

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