Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, January 6th, 2013, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of stolen vehicle in the 800 blk of W. Kalamazoo Ave. A driver from Hunan Gardens told officers that he had left his vehicle running in the roadway while making a delivery. When the driver returned, he found that his Sliver 2002 Honda CRV had been stolen.
Approximately three hours after the initial report was made, PSO Keaton Nielsen spotted the stolen vehicle traveling eastbound in the 800 block of W. Paterson St occupied by two males. Public Safety officers attempted to stop the vehicle however the driver refused to comply. After a short vehicle pursuit, the driver and passenger fled on foot from the vehicle in the 1700 block of Princeton St. Public Safety officers set up a perimeter as canine units arrived on scene. Two simultaneous tracks commenced for the occupants. PSO Steven Heyduck and his dog Ike tracked the passenger to the 1700 block of N. Westnedge where he was found hiding underneath a deck. PSO Marc Rifenberg and his dog Titan tracked the driver through several yards to a residence in the 1600 block of Princeton where he was found hiding inside.
The driver, who is a 16 year old Kalamazoo Township resident, was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile home on the charges or fleeing and eluding police, possession of a stolen auto, resisting and obstructing arrest and driving with out a license. The passenger, who is a 17 year old Osthemo Township resident, was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charge of resisting and obstructing arrest and an outstanding warrant. The case has been turned over to the Kalamazoo Country prosecutor’s office for review.
Kalamazoo Public Safety continues to investigate the incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Lt. Matt Huber
Date: January 7th, 2013
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139