Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Drunk panhandler arrested
A woman was outside a Central Avenue grocery on a recent night attempting to sell her EBT funds in exchange for cash. A store manager said she was bothering customers and told her to leave. She refused and police responded to find the suspect had an overwhelming odor of alcohol emanating from her. She told the officer she was getting mashed potatoes and heading home to be with her sick grandchild. The suspect initially gave the officer a false name and date of birth. The officer asked for her middle initial and social security number but she was unable to provide them. The officer gave this name to dispatchers who said there were no records under that name. The officer obtained the suspect’s daughter’s phone and called the daughter who gave the officer the suspect’s real name. When the officer asked the suspect again she provided her real name. In a low voice she muttered she has a warrant under that name. The officer asked her to repeat this but she refused. This time the dispatcher said the suspect has a warrant for failure to appear for public intoxication. The suspect was arrested for this charge and for giving false information to police.
 
Woman fabricates home invasion
There were five black males and one white male running out of her Felix Street home armed with AK-47s. That’s what one woman told police after she was supposedly robbed during a home invasion. One of the black males had tattoos and dreadlocks. The white male had a face mask but the complainant said she could still identify him. They stole prescription medications, $2,000 cash from her dresser drawer and a Staffordshire bull terrier dog. That’s the story she told police until they questioned her on discrepancies she relayed to two officers. She then redacted her original statement and she did not witness any of the incident and fabricated the story due to concerns over violating her boyfriend’s bond condition. Officers noted signs of forced entry to the front door of the residence. The complainant was unable to provide information on the prescriptions or where they were taken from. She told officers she was working at a restaurant when her boyfriend called. He told her the dog, $2,000 and his prescriptions were stolen by a white male juvenile and five black males. She came to the residence to file a report. The boyfriend was supposedly pistol-whipped and may have had a broken nose. He was taken to a local hospital as officers continued questioning him. The boyfriend said he was held down by a black male he had previously purchased marijuana from. He told police the suspect looks like “Lil’ Wayne” and has several tattoos. The boyfriend told officers the subjects stole his 9mm Smith & Wesson, which he did not have the serial number for. The boyfriend gave officers the phone number of one of the suspects known only by his nickname “G.” Police took the boyfriend’s cell phone in as evidence and handed him a notification of protective measures form.

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