Parking Violation Leads to Gun Seizure and Arrest

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vanderwierej in KDPS News on Nov 29, 2012
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Kalamazoo, MI:  On Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 2250 hours, Public Safety Officer Ryan Shank made contact with two subjects sitting in a parked vehicle in the 400 block of Drexel Street.  The vehicle was parked in a No Parking area.  Upon contacting the driver of the vehicle, PSO Shank seized a small baggy of marijuana.  During a search of the vehicle a stolen .25 caliber handgun was located in the vehicle. 


Once officers located the weapon in the car, one of the two occupants fled on foot.  PSO Deblecourt and his K-9 partner, Jax tracked the suspect several blocks finally locating the suspect hiding under another vehicle in the 300 block of Norway Street.  The suspect is a 21-year-old Kalamazoo resident.  He was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW), Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer (R&O), Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property, Felony Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana.  The second subject in the vehicle, a 45 year-old Kalamazoo resident stayed with the vehicle and did not attempt to flee.  He was released from the scene at the completion of the investigation.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.



Authority of:  Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

Date:  November 28th, 2012


Address:  150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001


Contact:  Captain Vic Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 269-337-8139