WPD reports: Police tackle bizarre-behavior incidents

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@wnewsj.com

WILMINGTON — The following report is generated from incident reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently processed the following reports:

• Police responded to a report of suspicious activity at 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 11 on West Main Street. An officer checked the area and saw a shirtless white male — a 34-year-old male — walking the alley on the north side of West Main Street who flagged down the officer. The officer approached the male as he was pacing back and forth. He stated he had taken an unknown drug and did not know who he was or where he was. “He appeared to have been under the influence of meth for an extended period of time,” the report states. The officer asked him if he wanted a squad to help him and he said he did. Another officer arrived and they talked to the subject. The subject continued to say he did not know what was happening. When EMS arrived, the subject walked to the squad, opened the back doors, and “started to take down his pants while standing on the back doors.” The subject then jumped down, ran to a nearby parking lot and hit the hood of a vehicle. The subject then ran to the west side of a building, pulled out an air conditioner and threw it. The officers attempted to grab the subject’s arms but he continued to run northbound then westbound behind the buildings. The subject ran north between West Main and West Locust Street. An officer reported seeing the subject jumped into the woods on the north side of West Locust Street and into the culvert. Other officers set up a small perimeter and one went partly into the woods and saw the subject sitting in the water, bleeding from a cut on his right forearm. An officer stated the subject had broken a window while running. “I talked to (the subject) while I made my way into the culvert close to him. (The subject) was scared of everything and did not want to come out of the culvert. The squad had arrived and (the subject) wanted them to check the cut on his arm while he was sitting in the culvert,” an officer reported. After a few minutes, the subject crawled into the deeper section of the water and crawled out closer to an officer. The subject started to stand up and climb onto the cement wall. An officer was able to pull him down and with the assistance of two other officers were able kept him on the ground. The subject was handcuffed and the squad members gave him a shot in his arm that calmed him down. “We were able to get (the subject) onto a soft backboard and carry him over the cement wall (covering the culvert) and onto North Wood Street and place him onto a cot. The F.D. was placing (the subject) into the back of the Squad,” according to the officer’s report. No charges were listed at this time.

• Police arrested a 27-year-old male for alleged attempted theft and receiving stolen property at 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the 100 block of East Birdsall Street. Police responded to the area on the report of a fight. On arrival, officers were advised that the male subject being held down attempted to take the registration sticker off the rear license plate of the victim. According to the report, when the subject was approached by the victim, he became argumentative and started to run from the scene. A neighbor observed the subject fleeing and took him to the ground and several people held him until officers arrived. The subject was identified himself and he had another registration sticker in his possession that he said he located in the parking lot of BMV. The officer was able to run the registration sticker and located the owner of the vehicle who was an employee of the library. Another officer checked the rear license plate and the current 2019 sticker was missing and was the one in the suspect’s possession. The theft occurred while the vehicle was parked at the rear of the library and there are cameras that cover that area. The suspect could face another felony theft charge if surveillance footage gives evidence.

• Police arrested a 42-year-old male for allegedly trespassing at a store on Rombach Avenue at 4:28 p.m. on Sept. 11. When police confronted him, he advised he forgot he was trespassed from the store. According to the report, he also had a warrant for failure to appear in court on a theft charge involving Goodwill.

• At 11:37 p.m. on Sept. 15, units responded to the 400 block of Belmont Avenue in reference to a 43-year-old male yelling and breaking glass. Upon arrival, the officer observed the suspect inside his apartment screaming and holding a green pipe. Authorities made contact with him, advised him to put the pipe down and he did. “I tried to get (the suspect) to step outside but he refused. (The suspect) was extremely angry and would not talk to us,” the officer states in his report. Another officer arrived on scene and attempted to talk with the suspect who was angry because he believed his girlfriend, age 46, had cheated on him. The suspect continued yelling he wanted his girlfriend out, however, they both resided there. An officer attempted to speak with the girlfriend and have her step out, but she refused to talk about the incident or walk out of the apartment. No injuries were observed on the girlfriend. The suspect eventually walked outside and stormed off later returned and stated he wanted his property and would leave. The girlfriend gathered the property and gave it to the suspect who advised it “wasn’t the right stuff” then walked off again. He returned once more and an officer continued to try and calm the suspect who was advised he could be arrested for his behavior and statements made. The suspect later stated he hadn’t done anything, nor did he make any statements. He further stated “he wouldn’t go willingly and would fight us,” the officer wrote. The suspect then stormed off and did not return.

• Police arrested a 30-year-old male and a 32-year-old female for alleged cruelty to companion animals after responding to an animal welfare report at the 100 block of West Fulton Street. No further information was listed in the report.

• Police arrested a 54-year-old female for an alleged assault after responding to the 300 block of Prairie Avenue at 6:33 p.m. on Sept. 12. A 60-year-old female is listed as the victim.

• At 2:18 a.m. on Sept. 12, police received a report of an assault. A 46-year-old female reported the incident and a 44-year-old male is listed as the suspect. The same male is the suspect in a shoplifting incident at a Rombach Avenue store at 1:42 p.m. on Sept. 12.


By John Hamilton


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