Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.
Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:
Randolph, New Jersey Police Department
On Sunday, November 9th at approximately 1:50 p.m., the Randolph Township Police Department received a 911 emergency call from a twenty-six year-old female who reported that she had just been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. The female victim further reported that the actor had left the incident location traveling in an unknown direction. Further investigation revealed that earlier in the day, the victim had contacted the actor and requested a ride to her apartment in Randolph. The actor complied with the request and provided transportation for the victim. While traveling to the victim’s apartment, the actor provided the victim with an Ambien sleeping pill to help her cope with not feeling well. Upon arrival at the victim’s apartment, both the actor and the victim went inside. Shortly thereafter, the victim fell asleep in her bed. While sleeping, the victim awoke only to find the actor sexually assaulting her. The victim immediately objected to the actor’s actions at which time the actor abruptly left the apartment. The victim was later transported to the hospital for treatment while the investigation continued.
Northern Illinois University Police Department
At 7:06 p.m., University Police responded to a report of cannabis emanating from a room in Grant North D-Tower. Officers knocked on the suspected room’s door and were allowed to enter. Upon questioning the inhabitants, one individual admitted to possessing cannabis and drug paraphrenelia. Officers arrested Eric R. Obrecht, 18, of Wayne for possession of under 30 grams of cannabis and drug paraphrenanlia. Officers booked Obrecht at the NIU Police Department, where he posted bond and was released.
Madison, New Jersey Police Department
On November 23, 2007 the Madison Police responded to a 911 call reporting an unknown individual was just inside the victims home. The caller advised that her husband was currently chasing the suspect on foot. Units responding to the scene were unable to locate the suspect or the victim’s husband. A short time later the victim’s husband returned home, stating that he was unable to catch the suspect. The victim stated that she had left her residence on Green Village Road at approximately 4:15 pm. Upon leaving she stated she left the front door open, but storm door closed. She was going for a short walk to mail some letters. She further stated that her husband was in the living room and her daughter was upstairs in her bedroom. The victim returned approximately 4:30 pm and upon opening the door she encountered a male inside her home. She asked why he was there, and he stated that he was looking for “Dave” and if she knew where “Dave” was. He went on to say that his brother is the project manager for the work being done on the property and that he would she her on Monday. The suspect then walked out of the home. At this point the victims husband came from the other room and asked his wife who she was talking to. She told him what happened and it was then that the husband chased the suspect. The victim noticed that her purse had been rifled through, and she discovered that a credit card and approximately $30.00 cash was missing.
Boulder, Colorado Police Department
Police arrested a male and female after witnesses reported a domestic disturbance in the 2200 block of Spruce. The 21-year old female was extremely uncooperative and combative and attempted to hit an officer in the face. She was arrested on non-domestic violence charges, Second Degree Assault and a warrant for Failure to Appear. The 23-year old male was arrested and charged with False Imprisonment. 08-15237
While pulling into the Boulder Police Department at 1805 33rd Street, an officer noticed a white male holding onto a light pole rocking it back and forth. As he was exiting his patrol vehicle, the pole broke from its base. The 36 year old male was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief ($500 – $1,000). This case is closed. 08-15256
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