COPS CORNER 5.22.17
South Dillard Street. At about 1 a.m., a police sergeant arrested a driver for the alleged theft of a vehicle and an active warrant out of Illinois for aggravated kidnapping. During the time of arrest, the driver was traveling with a female adult and two children. According to the arrest report, local police made an effort to confirm if the children present in the car were the victims of the kidnapping but their efforts were unsuccessful. Law enforcement conducted several individual interviews with both adults and the children. The male child said the woman was his mother but struggled to provide certain information. The female child stated she was 11 years old and also confirmed the woman was her mother. However, the female adult stated she was 23, which would have made her about 12 years old at the time of birth. The woman, who struggled to provide the children’s date of birth, claimed giving birth at a young age was normal in Romanian culture and continued to assert both children were hers. As proof, the woman provided the birth certificates for both children, which were located in her purse. During the course of the investigation, according to the police report, officers confirmed that both children had been coached to lie. The woman was charged with possession of Valium not prescribed to her, fraudulent use of personal identification information, providing false information to a law officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
440 block of West Silver Star Road. At about 10 p.m., an officer responded to a restaurant bar in reference to a disturbance. The disturbance was caused by two men who were kicked out of the bar after being belligerent. The subjects were allegedly escorted out of the bar by security but proceeded to bang on the outside windows and attempted to use a flower pot to break the glass, causing one window to crack in several places. The damage to the window was estimated at $600. Both men were arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
100 block of Maguire Park Street. At about 7:30 p.m., an officer on patrol responded to a complaint about the sound of five consecutive gunshots being fired within a wooded area of a residential subdivision. A resident of the subdivision informed the officer they saw two individuals leaving the area shortly after and described their clothing. The officer located the individuals matching the caller’s descriptions walking around the parking lot and questioned them. Both individuals claimed they did not have weapons or firearms on them, but a subsequent search produced the discovery of a pistol under the man’s waistband and an empty magazine in his pocket. The pistol was not stolen, but the man failed to possess a concealed carry permit and was arrested.
620 block of Main Street. At about 4 p.m. May 18, a Windermere law-enforcement officer arrested a man who was charged with possession of cannabis and giving false identification and information to law enforcement. Although the man had supplied a name, driver’s license number, birth date and Social Security number, it was actually the information belonging to his younger brother. The arrested man’s younger brother had his license suspended for failure to pay traffic citations. The arrested subject’s younger brother had no knowledge of the citations on his record. Furthermore, when he conducted an inmate database search using his name, the brother discovered his older brother had been incarcerated under his own name. The younger brother, the victim of the identity theft, was advised to ensure he expunges the charges from his record.
Main Street. At about 8 p.m., an officer responded to Sixth Avenue in reference to a reckless driver complaint. The caller advised a vehicle was speeding and swerving all over the road and decided to keep the car in sight and inform the police. Once police arrived, the caller pointed out the vehicle in question and the police began pursuing the vehicle in question. Once the vehicle left its travel lane and swerved into the lane for oncoming traffic, the officer conducted a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer detected the smell of alcohol, saw an open beer bottle located in the cup holder and noticed the driver exhibited signs of intoxication. Because of a language barrier, a backup officer arrived on scene and translated instructions for a field sobriety test. The driver did not perform the exercises successfully and was transported to a DUI testing center, where he provided breath samples resulting in readings 0.194 and 0.193.