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Police Blotter: Man Exposes Himself, Officer Attacked with Sticks

The following information was supplied by the Royal Oak Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police Blotter: Man Exposes Himself, Officer Attacked with Sticks

Highlights from reports from the week of Aug. 2-9:

Man exposes himself to women downtown

  • Fifth and Center, Aug. 6:  Two women reported a man walking down the street approached them. The man asked the women for directions.  The women noticed the man had his pants pulled down, exposing himself.  The women walked away and called the police, the man walked away from the scene in the opposite direction.  He is described as in his 20s, approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, wearing sweatpants. 

Man approaches child and is questioned

  • 4100 block of N. Fulton Place, Aug. 8:  Royal Oak officers responded to a suspicious circumstance in which a 10-year-old child reported being approached by a man in a vehicle. When the man asked the child a question, the child dropped his bike and ran home.  Officers arrived and began a canvass of the neighborhood looking for witnesses or suspects.  Officers spoke to a resident that lived nearby who stated he was in fact the person who spoke to the child. The man was placed under arrest for an unrelated charge. This incident is under investigation. 

Officer attacked with wood sticks

  • 3100 block of Prairie, Aug. 3:  Royal Oak officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of a man who was barricaded in his bedroom. Officers made several attempts to get the man to voluntarily come out of the bedroom but he refused.  The officers were forced to breach the bedroom door. As the officers made entry, the man charged out of the room with two 24-inch wood sticks raised above his head and struck one of the officers. Officers were able to deploy a Taser and subdue the man who was then taken back to for psychiatric evaluation. The officer that was struck was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation after receiving minor injuries. 

Speeding motorcyclist gets away

  • Fourth and Washington, Aug. 6:  Royal Oak officers observed a motorcyclist traveling on Washington riding a wheelie and traveling a high rate of speed.  Officers attempted a traffic stop on the cyclist.  The cyclist slowed and started to pull over, then accelerated at a high rate of speed.  A pursuit began with the motorcycle accelerating to over 100 miles per hour.  The officer terminated the pursuit in order to not endanger innocent bystanders.           

Laptops, television, and more stolen from homes

  • 1400 block of S. Main, Aug. 2:  A woman reported leaving her home unsecured and running a short errand.  When she arrived home she observed a man exiting her home with her laptop computer. The man is described as 6-feet 3-inches tall, with a medium build, and wearing a white T-shirt. He fled southbound on a teal or green mountain bike. 
  • 100 block of Allenhurst, Aug. 4:  A man reported being woken up by footsteps downstairs. The man checked the home and discovered that someone had entered the home through the garage and stole his laptop computer. 
  • 1100 block of Grove, Aug. 6:  A man reported someone broke the kitchen window and gained entry into his home. The person stole a television, gaming system and other electronics. 
  • 1200 block of Owana, Aug. 9:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked, detached garage, and stole a child’s scooter and a grey Schwinn Traveler bicycle. 

Breaking and entering 

  • 3200 block of Albert, Aug. 5:  A woman reported someone broke the lock to her storage locker in the basement of her apartment complex and stole a laptop computer and personal documents. 
  • Gallery U and Boutique, 310 W. Fourth, Aug. 4:  The gallery reported someone entered the business through an unlocked door and stole an undisclosed amount of currency. 
  • y, 4425 Fernlee, Aug. 7:  The business reported someone entered through an unsecured door and stole several pottery wheels, computers and tools.

Stolen driver’s license, stereo, FedEx packages 

  • 100 block of N. Main, Aug. 6:  A woman reported that on three separate occasions someone had stolen her FedEx packages that were delivered to her door. 
  • O’Tooles, 205 W. Fifth, Aug. 6:  A woman reported someone stole her cellphone and driver’s license. 
  • , 29444 Woodward Avenue, Aug. 8:  Fitness USA reported someone stole a stereo from a storage closet. 

Vehicles stolen

  • 800 block of N. Edgeworth, Aug. 7:  A man reported someone stole his green 2006 Ford F-150. 
  • 3100 block of Evergreen, Aug. 8:  A man reported someone stole his black and gold 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle.  

Malicious damage to property

  • ShutterBooth, 1225 E. Eleven Mile, Aug. 4:  A woman reported someone smashed the rear window of her vehicle. 
  • Hagelstein’s Bakery, 800 S. Washington, Aug. 4:  A man reported someone threw a rock, shattering one of his windows. 
  • , 28202 Woodward Avenue, Aug. 4:  A man reported someone attempted to pry open the door to his 2011 Ford Focus. 
  • 1600 block of Whitcomb, Aug. 3: A man reported someone smashed the windshield and side window of his vehicle. 
  • 2000 Alicia Lane, Aug. 5:  A woman reported an acquaintance keyed her truck and broke several windows to her home. 

Items taken from cars

  • , Aug. 5:  A woman reported while valet parking her vehicle she left her cell phone in the car.  When the vehicle was returned to her, the cell phone was gone. 
  • 600 block of Helene, Aug. 4:  A man reported someone broke the passenger side window of his GMC Acadia and stole the in-dash GPS. 
  • Washington and Webster, Aug. 3:  A woman reported someone pried open her vehicle door and stole her wallet. 
  • , 25352 Woodward Avenue, Aug. 6:  A man reported interrupting two men in their early 20s, wearing blue jeans, from stealing the tire on his Ford Edge. The men were last seen leaving in a silver Mercedes Benz. 
  • 200 block E. Hudson, Aug. 7:  A man reported an individual contacted him after locating his briefcase in downtown Royal Oak. The briefcase had been stolen from his work truck. 

Laptop, camera, in-dash GPS units, taken from unlocked cars

  • 1200 block of S. Wilson, Aug. 5:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked Chrysler Town and Country and stole the in-dash GPS unit. 
  • 1400 block of Hoffman, Aug. 4:  A woman reported someone entered her unlocked Dodge Avenger and stole the in-dash stereo and DVD player. 
  • 700 block of S. Pleasant, Aug. 7:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his laptop. 
  • 900 block of Hickory, Aug. 3:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole a camera and a portable GPS unit. 

Other incidents 

  • 200 block of W. Parent, Aug. 2:  A resident reported a garbage collector in an older truck took five pewter car banks valued from $47 to $60 each.  The garbage collector was given permission to take other items at the curb but also took the above property from the resident’s front yard. 
  • 600 block of W. Houstonia, Aug. 5:  A man reported seeing someone in his backyard.  The man confronted the person who then fled the area.  The man discovered the person had been disconnecting his pool filter and pump.  The man is described as tall, skinny, wearing blue jeans, a brown T-shirt, and black leather jacket with blonde or brown spiked hair. 
  • 13 Mile and Woodward Avenue, Aug. 3:  Royal Oak officers responded to a traffic crash. A man reported the person that struck his car had fled the scene on foot and got onto a southbound bus.  Officers were able to locate the bus, stop it and arrest the individual for leaving the scene of the crash and driving while license suspended. 
  • Main and Rhode Island, Aug. 8:  Royal Oak officers were assisting a disabled motorist when they observed a man walking down the street acting suspicious. Officers began to do surveillance on the man and noted that he was walking up and down side streets as if looking for something, according to police reports.  Officers approached the man to conduct a field interview when he fled on foot.  Officers gave chase and were able to detain him a short distance away. The man was found to have warrants for his arrest and be in possession of illegal narcotics.  He was placed under arrest. 
  • Washington and Seventh Street, Aug. 7:  A woman reported someone walking across the street became irate and swung a canvass bag at her vehicle.  The bag struck the side passenger window causing it to shatter.  Royal Oak officers arrived and located the person a few blocks away.  The person was arrested for malicious damage to property.  

If you have any questions about this report, email  Judy.Davids@Patch.com

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