SAGINAW, MI — A Saginaw man is in jail after police say they foiled a suspected kidnapping in progress.
About 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, two Saginaw police officers were in the 2400 block of Davenport Avenue when a Chrysler 200 went past them with a rear passenger door open and woman from within screaming for help. The officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Davenport and Bay Road, believing they were witnessing a potential kidnapping or human-trafficking situation.
The Chrysler did not stop and instead continued north on Bay Road into Bay County, entering the southbound Interstate 75 ramp, police said. The pursuing officers lost contact with the Chrysler as it continued south on I-75.
A short while later, a third Saginaw police officer located the vehicle on southbound I-675 and attempted to pull it over. The Chrsyler fled and left the highway at the Hill Street exit, police said.
The vehicle continued trying to elude the pursuing officers by traveling along several side streets. The Chrysler eventually stopped on coming to a dead end on Westervelt Road in Zilwaukee, police said.
The 28-year-old male driver fled from the Chrysler and was apprehended by police after a short foot chase.
The 25-year-old woman in the rear seat who had screamed for help was found safe and unharmed. Officers determined the woman had been involved in a domestic violence situation, had been held against her will and was afraid for her safety, they said.
In a press release, Saginaw Police Chief Robert M. Ruth stated he “is very proud of the officers from our agency and others that assisted with bringing this potential deadly situation to a safe resolution.”
The arrested man’s name is being withheld pending arraignment on criminal charges in Saginaw County District Court.
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Police after 11 p.m. Nov. 14 charged a man with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and having an open container in a motor vehicle after they were called to investigate why the man was unresponsive behind the wheel of his car.
In addition, suspected methamphetamine found in the vehicle is being sent to a lab for analysis.
Police received a call from Two Bucks bar and grill after an employee observed a man revving his car engine in their parking lot and then slumping unresponsive behind the wheel.
When officers arrived, they tried to awaken the man, but he initially was unresponsive and then had difficulty following officers’ directions.
Eventually, he stepped out of the vehicle and officers located a partially consumed can of grape Four Loko malt beverage, a bag containing 3.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two glass suspected crack pipes, plastic straws with white residue in them, and a container with two grams of suspected marijuana.
The man smelled of alcohol. He refused to take field sobriety tests and refused to submit a urine sample for testing. Police repeatedly advised the man to call someone to pick him up. He repeatedly fell asleep, according to a police report. At one point, the man said he needed a phone to call someone, only to be told he was holding a phone in his hand.
The man eventually was released to a sober individual and given a date to appear in North Olmsted mayor’s court.
Theft: Great Northern
Police at 5:29 p.m. Nov. 10 responded to JCPenney regarding a suspected shoplifter who was being detained.
An asset protection officer said she saw the suspect concealing clothing in a bag and unsuccessfully try to remove an anti-theft sensor from an item of clothing that sprayed ink over the hoodie and ruined it. The store employee stopped the suspect as she attempted to leave the store, and police recovered a gray hoodie and fleece shorts worth a total of $90.
Police released the woman because of COVID-19 restrictions but told her warrants would be issued against her for theft and possession of criminal tools.
Theft: Lorain Road
Police at 1:26 p.m. Nov. 13 responded to a complaint of a man harassing a female Giant Eagle employee and then leaving the store.
Police found the man a short distance east on Lorain Road. Police determined the man and the female employee were previously boyfriend and girlfriend and no threats were made. However, during the investigation, officers learned the man took bottles of liquor valued at about $13 from the store.
A chase with a suspected human smuggler from south to central Laredo ended when the suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas, authorities said.
Webb County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office deputies identified the suspect as a 16-year-old boy who was determined to be a U.S. citizen. He was detained and charged with eight counts of smuggling of persons and evading arrest with a vehicle, both felonies.
On Wednesday evening, a deputy was traveling south on U.S. 83 and One River Place when he observed a white 2002 Ford Explorer loading up people. A chase ensued when the deputy approached the Explorer, authorities said.
Authorities said people were jumping out of the vehicle during the chase. The Explorer then allegedly ran out of gas in the intersection of Lafayette Street and San Eduardo Avenue. That’s where the juvenile was detained.
A woman who bailed out from the vehicle during the chase was taken to Laredo Medical Center for treatment. She along with seven other men were determined to be immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally.
“I want to congratulate our deputies for being proactive out in the field. This is another great example of how we continue to work together with our deputies and other law enforcement entities in order to protect and serve our community,” said Precinct 2 Constable Mike Villarreal.