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November 18th, 2008
09:37 AM ET

Crime Blotter:Strong arm bandit; Vice arrests

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

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:

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Atlanta Vice Arrests:

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Philadelphia Police Department:

During the period between 09-05-2008 and 11-08-2008, Philadelphia Police discovered a robbery pattern that involved mostly elderly victims. The robberies were being perpetrated by a male described as a black male, light complexion, in his 50’s. These robberies were spread out across several police districts, but they seemed to occur mostly in Northeast and Northwest Police Divisions. All of the complainant’s in these cases were leaving or exiting super markets or shopping areas.

The Philadelphia Police Major Crimes Division, along with South, Northeast, and Northwest Divisions coordinated their investigative efforts, and a suspect was developed by investigators. On 11-10-2008, that suspect, Clifton “Sonny” Wright was located and arrested on a Failure to Appear bench and a violation of the Megan’s Law Act.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department:

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, Suspect Guy James Fernandez, age 42 from Santa Rosa, was arrested by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety (RPDPS) for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Shortly after the arrest, Fernandez began to exhibit signs of medical distress. Fernandez was transported to Memorial Hospital where he died.

At about 8:12 PM, the RPDPS received a call regarding a person (later identified as Fernandez) who was suspected of shoplifting and was creating a disturbance at Walmart, 4625 Redwood Drive. While officers were en-route to the scene, they were advised that Fernandez was reportedly brandishing a six foot rod.

An officer arrived on scene within minutes, and found Fernandez in the parking lot of Linens-N-Things, 4601 Redwood Drive. When the officer contacted Fernandez he dropped the rod, then picked up an aerosol can and threw it at the officer, hitting him in the torso. Fernandez also threatened to further assault the officer.

Four officers were eventually able to stop Fernandez and wrestle him to the ground. Fernandez, six feet tall and two hundred and sixty pounds, continued to actively resist the officers. Officers attempted to use a Taser in order to gain Fernandez' compliance, however it had no effect.

Officers were eventually able to subdue Fernandez and take him into custody. Based on his level of resistance, officers placed Hernandez in a maximum restraint device. A few minutes after he was taken into custody, officers noticed that Fernandez appeared to be short of breath and was unresponsive, prompting them to call for medical assistance. Officers removed the maximum restraint device and closely monitored Fernandez until medical assistance arrived.

Fire Department and ambulance personnel arrived and continued with medical aid. Despite their efforts, Fernandez' condition continued to deteriorate while he was en-route to the hospital. Fernandez was pronounced dead when he arrived at Memorial Hospital.

Two of the officers involved were treated for minor injuries, including abrasions, which occurred during the struggle.

It was later discovered that Fernandez had threatened Walmart employees and was acting irrational inside the store prior to the police arriving. Fernandez, who was on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was later found to have suspected methamphetamine on his person. An autopsy and toxicology tests are pending.

Because Fernandez' death occurred while he was in police custody, the countywide Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked. The RPDPS requested that the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of members of the District Attorney's Office, lead the investigation into the incident. The Sheriff's Department is currently investigating this incident, which includes interviewing several bystanders and reviewing surveillance video.

Daytona Police Department:

On November 08,2008 victim was delivery food from Italian Pizza and Grill located at 515 N. Atlantic Avenue to Volusia Crossing Apartment # 38 at the above location, upon arrival the occupants of apartment #38 advised they did not order any food. The driver called the number and the suspect told the driver to come to the rear of the building. Once at the rear an unknown black male who appeared to be holding something in his hand, possibly a firearm, confronted the victim and demanded the food and money, the victim gave the suspect the food and his wallet. The suspect fled on foot with approximately $50.00 and the pizza.

On November 9,2008 victim was delivery food from Papa Johns Pizza located on N. Nova Road, to Volusia Crossing Apartment # 39. Once on the scene, a black male holding a firearm confronted the victim (the delivery driver) and demanded the food and money. The suspect fled on foot with approximately $ 70.00 and an order of wings.

Contact was made with the phone carrier and information provided and further investigation lead to the arrest of John M Haddocks B/M 12/18/87. Haddocks was charged with tow counts of Robbery.


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