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MPD Daily Significant Calls 11/24/2017 to 11/25/2017

November 25, 2017 9:33 AM

From 5:30 a.m. on 11/24/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 11/25/2017, MPD received 338 calls for service.  This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.

1) WEST: Death Investigation - 8:01 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence on Jacobs Way reference a reported death. Officers contacted the complainant, who reported finding his cousin (59 year old AAM) deceased in bed this morning. The complainant reported that the deceased was not feeling well yesterday, which prompted family to request an EMS response at that time. The deceased had refused medical examination/treatment. The deceased had a history of significant medical problems. Medical Examiner responded to the scene. Nothing suspicious noted.   

2) WEST: Arrested Person-Burglary/Disorderly Conduct - 9:46 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Morraine View Dr reference a reported disturbance and a possible burglary. The suspect (26 year old AAM) was gone prior to MPD arrival. The victim (13 year old AAM) reported that the suspect knocked at the door, entered, and walked through the residence, making threats and demanding his property. The only residents home at the time were two 13 year old males and a 4 year old female. The suspect removed two televisions from the residence, loaded them into a vehicle and left. The vehicle, previously reported as stolen, was subsequently located by officers in the 2900 block of Coho St, and the suspect was contacted in the area, and was arrested for burglary and disorderly conduct. 

3) SOUTH: Injured Person - 11:04 a.m.  Officers responded to a business on S Park St for a report of a stabbing victim at that location. Caller reported that the subject (33 year old WF) contacted the owner of the business and reported she had been stabbed by her boyfriend. Officers contacted the female at the business and noted, in fact, evidence that she had been stabbed. The female subject was transported by EMS to a local hospital for emergency surgery. Subsequent investigation reflects the mental health history and evidence that this may have been self-inflicted.  Journey Mental Health contacted and an emergency detention was initiated.  Investigation continuing.

4) CENTRAL: Sexual Assault of a Child - 1:25 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to E Dayton St reference a report of a sexual assault of a child, being reported by a parent. The caller reported that her 15 year old (WF) daughter was assaulted by a 25 year old (HM), on Monday. Officers were able to speak to the victim and have a general identification of the suspect and a possible location. The victim was taken to a local hospital for an FNE and other possible evidence was collected.

5) CENTRAL: Child Abuse - 5:18 p.m.  Officers were called to investigate a report of child abuse at the Salvation Army, located at 630 E Washington Ave.  An employee was watching a video camera when they witnessed the suspect interact with her children in a very concerning manner.  An interview of the employee and mother were done with somewhat conflicting results. CPS was contacted and were not interested in pursuing anything, without any physical evidence. As the investigation continued, probable cause was developed for physical abuse to a child and the 26 year old AAF mother was arrested. Investigation continuing.

6) EAST: Residential Burglary - 6:01 p.m.  Caller reported that someone was found rifling through a car in an open garage on Gem Ct. Suspects fled and the homeowner gave chase in his car. Officers were in the area quickly, but no one was located. The only description was a group of 4-5 teens. Officers checked the immediate area and found two other victims.  Suspects are at large.

7) EAST: Accident with Injuries - 6:10 p.m.  Officers were dispatched to an accident with injuries at the intersection of Sprecher Rd and Wyalusing Dr.  The victim (64 year old WM) walked to the grocery store and was headed home with his groceries.  The suspect driver (25 year old WM) didn't see the victim in the crosswalk. The suspect hit the victim with the side mirror. Both were on scene and the victim was transported with injuries to his ribs. The driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian. 

8) CENTRAL: Robbery Strong Armed - 6:30 p.m.  An employee of Festival Foods was walking to the bus stop (near N Livingston St and E Mifflin St) and wearing a backpack. The suspect (32 year old AAM) approached the victim (29 year old WM) from behind, grabbed him by the shirt and told the victim not to move and to put his hands up. The suspect began to rifle through the victim's backpack and threw things on the ground. A couple driving by sees this and goes around the block to get another look. Seeing that the two are still engaged, they stop and ask if everything is okay. The suspect says that they are fine, but the victim says he is not. Good Samaritan tells them they are calling the police and the suspect picks up the backpack and walks away. The caller follows the suspect and sees him ditch the backpack in an alley. The suspect sees the caller and asks if they did indeed call the police. The caller says that they did and the suspect says that he will wait for police. Officers arrested the suspect for strong armed robbery and he has been booked into the jail.

9) EAST: Assist EMS/Fire - 8:16 p.m.  Officers responded to the Howard Johnson Hotel Plaza, located at 3841 E Washington Ave, reference a 2 year old who had been found submerged in the hot tub and unresponsive.  A 17 year old saw him under the water and pulled him out while another individual ran to call 911. Another hotel guest who heard the commotion and was CPR trained, ran in and attempted to clear the water from the child's lungs. The child was blue and not breathing. Fire was on scene very quickly and the child was crying and breathing. Child is being transported to a local hospital. Investigation continuing.

10) CENTRAL: Disturbance - 9:25 p.m.  MPD was dispatched to the 7-Eleven convenience store located on State St, for a disturbance.  Upon arrival officers contact one 21 year old WF victim who advised she was cut with a knife by the suspect during this disturbance.  The disturbance originated over the AAM subject leaving his property too close to the victim's property in the State St area.  As the argument escalated, the victim's 21 year old AAM boyfriend became involved as did one other male.  At one point in the fight the suspect, who continued to wield around a knife, gets hit with a skateboard.  He chose to end the fight shortly thereafter and fled the area.  Officers investigating the incident are still working on positively identifying the suspect.  The victim's injury required two stitches. 

11) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance - 10:29 p.m.  MPD officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of State St.  Upon arrival the investigating officer contacted the 32 year old WF victim who indicated she and her husband (34 year old WM) were arguing over their impending divorce as well as a cell phone which he wanted back.  She refused to give the cell phone back and he in turn, responded by striking her in the head and stomping on her hand.  A nearby witness intervened, stopped the disturbance, and it was at that point that the male suspect fled the area.  Suspect was located a short time thereafter at a gas station on S Park St.  After interviewing the suspect he was advised he was under arrest at which point the suspect took off running.  Officers apprehended the suspect and subsequently placed him under arrest.  Neither the officers nor the suspect were injured in the ensuing foot pursuit.  The suspect was ultimately charged with battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting. 

12) CENTRAL: Fight Call - 1:42 a.m.  Officers were dispatched to a fight inside Wando's (602 University Ave) that was spilling outside.  Due to a lack of resources, a mutual aid request was placed to UW who assisted in stabilizing the scene as well as detaining subjects.  Once inside, officers learned that an AAM bouncer in his 20s had been rendered unconscious when he was kicked by a 37 year old HM suspect.  Apparently the suspect tried to force his way into the bar at closing time and the victim bouncer tried to prevent that and a struggle ensued.  This suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and substantial battery. At the same time this incident had occurred, a second fight was breaking out inside the bar.  Based on witness statements and later video evidence, officers were directed to detain a 21 year old AAM who was walking away.  After being detained and placed in handcuffs, he began threatening to spit at officers.  As officers walked him back towards the bar, they were being followed and threatened by 5-8 of that suspect's friends.  Apparently fueled by the threatening and disruptive behavior of his friends, the suspect once again threatened to spit at officers and was able to shake free from their grasp.  He was then decentralized, stabilized, and was quickly moved out of the area.  No officers or suspects were injured while quelling these disturbances.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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