WPD reports: Man overdoses with two young children in car

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:

• Emergency services responded to the 1100 block of West Locust Street at 10:35 a.m. on Nov. 12 on the report of an overdosed subject in a vehicle with children. According to an officer’s report, they were advised by nurses on the scene that a 30-year-old Greenfield male fled on foot into the wooded area across the street. The nurses were advised by a patient that there were two small children screaming in a vehicle and the driver had overdosed. Nurses responded to a black SUV and observed syringes on the male’s lap and called 911. Nurses were banging on the window trying to get the male subject to wake up and that the children were crying this entire time. The mother of the children who was at an appointment there came outside and unlocked the vehicle. She then “slapped the male subject in the face telling him to get out of the vehicle and she grabbed one of the syringes on his lap and threw it on the ground.” The male subject then awakened, exited the vehicle while placing a different syringe in his pants pocket and took off running across the street into the woods. The mother of the children — a 24-year-old Greenfield female — advised the male suspect was the father of the children. After obtaining sworn written statements from witnesses, two officers went across the street and walked the wooded area following snow tracks attempting to locate the male subject in case he was needing medical assistance from the drug use. Units followed tracks to Nelson Avenue and it appeared the male subject jumped the fence and continued on outside the city limits. Units advised a deputy in the area of the information. Officers notified Children Services of the incident and requested them to look into the matter, concerned for the welfare of the children as the father is a known drug user and using drugs in the presence of the children. When authorities spoke with the mother on the scene, the mother did not appear to be upset at the situation or bothered. “This also brought me concern,” the officer stated in their report. “Her only question to me when I advised her that I was going to let Children Services know of the incident was, ‘They’re not gonna take the kids from me are they? ‘Cause I’m clean.’” The children were identified as being one- and two-years-old.

• A 56-year-old male was arrested for alleged domestic violence after police responded to an assault report at a Rombach Avenue residence at 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 11. According to the report, a 65-year-old female advised her roommate — the suspect — started yelling, became violent and pushed her down, causing her an injured wrist. Police talked to the suspect who stated nothing happened and he was just sitting there. A 46-year-old female resident advised she saw the suspect push the victim. Police noted there was redness on her wrist. The suspect told police “the females were lying” and then he “attempted to light a cigarette that had no tobacco in it, almost burning his face.” The report states, “(the suspect) was not happy about being arrested.” The suspect kept yelling that he “pays rent and that (the female subjects) were lying.” While being transported to the jail, the suspect kept “yelling about paying the rent and wanting to know what his charges were.” Police noted after being transported, “the smell of alcoholic beverages were prevalent in the patrol car.”

• Police arrested three subjects at a store on Progress Way around 11 p.m. on Nov. 16. A 49-year-old Washington Court House male was arrested for alleged theft, a 58-year-old Washington Court House female was arrested for alleged complicity, and a 50-year-old New Holland female was arrested for alleged drug abuse instrument possession.

• At midnight on Nov. 15, police received a report of possible child abuse occurring at a Main Street residence. A 55-year-old male and a 46-year-old female are listed as suspects.

• At 12:08 p.m. on Nov. 15, a 56-year-old male reported that a 44-year-old male hit him in the leg with a baseball bat a couple of months ago, causing a broken bone. According to the report, “(the victim) said he had let it go trying to be a nice guy but now wanted to press charges.” He said at the time he was subletting space in the suspect’s apartment on Rombach Avenue. The victim did seek medical treatment a couple of days after the injury and he said he believed the assault occurred possibly in early August. He said the suspect kicked him out of the apartment recently and had been recently been arrested and jailed due to an alleged assault against another resident of the apartment. “He said that he was told that (the suspect) took money from his wallet while he was in jail,” the report states. According to another police report, the suspect was arrested on Nov. 11. The officer obtained the victim’s medical records from CMH. “It shows that he (the victim) went to CMH on 21 March for a leg or ankle injury and was found to have had a tibial fracture. Records indicated that CMH wanted to admit him but he refused,” the report states. A report was prepared for review by the prosecutor’s office.


By John Hamilton


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