Police Blotter Week of 4-8-13
Same house targeted by gunfire three times
In less than one month, the same house on the 2000 block of S.W. Cloverdale St. has been shot at on three separate occasions by unknown suspects. The latest shooting occurred on April 2 around 10:15 p.m. when neighbors reported seeing a gold Ford Taurus circle around the block, and then park near the home. Two men stepped out, pulled out handguns, and fired at the home. No one has been injured and the victims told detectives they have no idea why they are being targeted.
Predictive policing at work
In the late evening of April 1, a Southwest Precinct officer was patrolling the Admiral district as part of his “passive predictive patrol circle” (SPD recently started using historical crime statistics and data-crunching technology to figure out where they should patrol, essentially trying to predict where crime will occur). He was approached by a woman walking her dogs who said a disturbance was happening in an alleyway nearby. The officer drove to the rear of an establishment where a large group of people pointed in the northbound direction where a man in a grey Jeep Cherokee has supposedly just brandished a handgun before fleeing. A man and woman in the group, who are now dating, claimed the suspect was the former boyfriend of the woman and father of her three children. The woman reported she had been receiving constant text threats from her former partner, which lead to the Admiral-area confrontation where the new boyfriend claimed he was able to wrestle the gun from the aggressor, but gave it back to him before he left.
Burglary attempt caught from two angles
Late last month a woman was walking near the High Point Library when she saw two young men working together to try to get into a home through a window. She called 911 and suddenly the males jumped down from the window and scattered. It turned out the window they were attempting to use for entry was the bedroom window of a resident who was home sick for the day and in bed. The victim saw the male’s face appear in his window, stood up and out of bed, and the suspects fled. The woman who called 911 from the street told police she could positively identify the suspects and a male fitting her description was spotted and detained by police. The woman positively identified him as one of the attempted-burglars and he was taken to the Southwest Precinct. Once there, an SPD Detective decided to let the suspect go because the witness was only able to see his backside during the alleged crime and refused to get any closer to the suspect than 50 yards for positive identification.
Reported crimes from April 1 to April 7:
Robberies by block: corner of 25th Ave. S.W./S.W. Thistle St., 2600 S.W. Barton St.
Burglaries by block: 3700 S.W. 98th St., 7000 18th Ave. S.W., 2400 S.W. Webster St., 2900 S.W. Avalon Way, 3200 California Ave. S.W., 2900 S.W. Avalon Way, 5000 35th Ave. S.W., 8100 14th Ave. S.W., 2300 S.W. Hudson St.,
Car prowls by block: 8000 Fauntleroy Way S.W. (two on the same day), corner 8th Ave. S.W./S.W. Cambridge St., 9000 8th Ave. S.W., 2600 S.W. Andover St., corner of 28th Ave. S.W./S.W. Andover St., 8800 9th Ave. S.W., 4500 37th Ave. S.W., 5400 49th Ave. S.W., corner of Harbor Ave. S.W./California Way S.W., corner of 20th Ave. S.W./S.W. Henderson St.
Vehicle thefts by block: 6000 Fauntleroy Way S.W., 6300 35th Ave. S.W., 6000 Lanham Pl. S.W., 7900 29th Ave. S.W., 2600 S.W. Barton St., 5900 S.W. Admiral Way, 4500 Beach Dr. S.W., 5000 40th Ave. S.W.