- According to reports from the , a victim reported to police that she was walking south on Maple Alley when a man reportedly came up behind her and yanked her purse from her arm Monday, Feb. 6. She was unable to provide a description of the actor, except that he was wearing a black hooded zip-up sweatshirt. A witness reportedly saw the incident and said they could identify the male again. The victim received a victim’s rights form.
- Police were approached by a man who said he was robbed at gunpoint while on the 1000 block of Willow Street Saturday, Feb. 4. The victim states he was staying with friends at the above location. When he was walking down the street heading to the , he said he saw a group of men hanging out. He said he approached the group and said, “What’s going on?” He was then accosted by a short male who reportedly pointed a gun at the victim and said, “Give me what you got.” The victim states he then handed the subject $40 and the group left toward Powell Street. Police state the victim smelled of alcohol and was in a known drug-dealing area. According to the report, Police suspect it may be possible the victim engaged in a drug transaction that ended in a robbery. The victim was mailed a victim’s rights form.
- James H. Byrd, of the 1200 block of Bainbridge Street, was arrested for three counts of possession, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct Sunday, Jan. 29. Police reportedly observed Byrd wearing a green jacket, talking on the cell phone and looking around the corner at the corner of DeKalb and East Elm streets. Police said this is a high crime and drug area. As officers turned the corner to further observe Byrd, they reportedly saw him crossing the 900 block of DeKalb Street while still talking on the cell phone. According to the report, police then observed him make what police said appeared to be a drug transaction. When police approach the two men, Byrd reportedly fled the scene and threw a clear plastic bag to the ground. Police caught up with Byrd, who allegedly took a fighting stance. He was taken to the ground by police, but allegedly struggled in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed. A small sharp kitchen knife was reportedly recovered from Byrd. Police went to retrieve the plastic bag and state it contained suspected marijuana. Byrd was transported to the police station. A search of Byrd's person allegedly revealed additional packages of controlled substances.
- Krista M. Waits, of the 1600 block of Collegeville Road in Collegeville, and Craig Cole, of the 1200 block of Green Street, were involved in an incident Saturday, Jan. 28. Waits was arrested for possession, false I.D. to law enforcement and breaking a municipal ordinance for unlawful activities; Cole was cited for disorderly conduct. Police were on patrol in the area of West Main and Noble streets when they saw two individuals walking behind the into a breezeway between the laundromat and a house. When confronted by police, Waits reportedly told police her name was “Jennifer Watson.” Police told her that she would be cited if falsifying her identity. She later recanted and told officers her true identity. Police state there was an active warrant for Waits. As she was being taken into custody, she was asked if she possessed anything that could cut, stick or poke police. She reportedly replied yes and directed police to a capped syringe and bottle cap with residue. She also allegedly told police she was in the area to purchase drugs. Cole had allegedly urinated in the breezeway and admitted to urinating in public.
- Erik Gutowski, of the 1110 block of West Airy Street, was charged with diving under the influence Monday, Feb. 6. Gutowski reportedly told police someone stole his silver 2008 Chevy Impala but that he did not have his license plate number. At the time of the report, Gutowski was allegedly highly intoxicated. The vehicle was involved in an accident in West Norriton where Gutowski allegedly hit a telephone pole. Gutowski was arrested for driving while under the influence and filing a false police report. Read more about this incident .
- Christopher Brown, of the 700 block of Haws Avenue, and Richard Grant, of the 700 block of Haws Avenue, were arrested for an incident that occurred Monday, Feb. 6. Brown was charged with public drunkenness, obstructing highways, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief as well as found to have active fine and cost warrants totaling $1000; Grant was charged with public drunkenness. Police were approached by an individual, who stated he beeped his horn at two white males to get out of the roadway when Brown allegedly punched out the driver-side window of the victim’s Ford Explorer. Police encountered the two males in the area of Haws and Elm streets, one of which was positively identified as Brown the other as Grant. Brown reportedly had fresh cuts on his right hand and was identified as the individual who allegedly punched the window. Police claim Brown and Grant were highly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He was placed under arrest. After being taken into custody, he allegedly yelled obscenities at police and continued to allegedly create a loud disturbance alarming neighbors and refusing to obey police requests to quite down. Police state these alleged actions were offensive and created a hazardous condition. He was held at the police station and held for arraignment. Grant was transported to the police station and held until sober.
- Michael Seth, of the 100 block of King Street, was arrested for public drunkenness Sunday, Feb. 5. Police located Seth outside the Norristown Transportation Center. Police state he was allegedly highly intoxicated and needed to be arrested for his own safety. He was held until sober.
- Jason Bruning, of the 3600 block of Water Street, was arrested for public drunkenness Sunday, Feb. 5. Police responded to the train station on Dekalb and Washington streets for a report of a suspicious male allegedly staggering around the parking lot. Upon arrival, police made contact with Bruning exiting the tunnel. He reportedly was mumbling and had difficulty answering simple questions. Police believed him to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken into custody and held until sober.
- Eleno Jimenez, of the 3300 block of Swede Road, was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct Monday, Feb. 6. Police were flagged down at bar for an alleged disturbance. Jimenez reportedly was inside the establishment refusing to leave. Police state his behavior created a physically offensive and hazardous condition for patrons. Jimenez was allegedly under the influence and taken into police custody. He was also found to have an active fine and cost warrant. He was brought to the police station and held for arraignment.
- Saqueena L. Briggs, of the 100 block of Wayne Avenue, was arrested for public drunkenness Saturday, Feb. 4. Police were dispatched twice to the 100 block of Wayne Avenue for a report of a drunk and disorderly female. Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant, who pointed out Briggs as the alleged cause of the disturbance. Police state they heard Briggs screaming as she was walking up the street. After speaking with Briggs, police state she smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. She was taken to municipal hall, placed in a cell and cited.
- Debra Brown, of the 700 block of Chain Street, was arrested for public drunkenness Monday, Feb. 6. Police reportedly found Brown on the 600 block of Swede Street to allegedly be highly intoxicated. Police made contact with her and state she allegedly had trouble standing on her own, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on her feet. She was placed under arrest and transported to the police station.
- Jeffrey C. Tucker, of the 700 block of Chain Street, and George Smith, of the 400 block of West Marshall Street were cited for public drunkenness Friday, Feb. 3. Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Corson Street for a report of a male in the rear parking lot who allegedly was taking his clothes off and then putting them back on. Police arrived on the scene and reportedly observed two males standing unsteadily on their feet. Police state they both had glassy eye, slurred speech and appeared dazed and confused. Police state they could immediately smell alcohol and a substance known as “wet” emitting form Tucker and Smith. Due to Tucker’s inability to comprehend basic questions, emergency medical services were called to access Tucker. Tucker was released to his mother and cited via mail for public drunkenness. Smith reportedly told the officer he smoked too much “wet” and needed medical assistance. He was released to for treatment and will also receive a citation via mail.
- Police responded to the area of West Airy Street and Hurst Alley for a report of an assault. Police were advised by county dispatch that a female was assaulted there; however, no persons were present when they arrived. The victim then and flagged police down as she was leaving . Police state the victim had a small cut to the right side of her nose that was still fresh. The victim also reportedly had slurred speech and admitted to drinking but was not intoxicated. The victim stated that another female allegedly stole soup from her that cost $7. When she confronted the female, she allegedly slapped the victim in the face, which caused the cut. The victim refused medical treatment but was issued a victim’s referral pamphlet. The victim wanted to pursue theft charges for the soup.
- Police were dispatched to the area of Spruce and Willow streets for a call regarding a male in possible need of medical attention Saturday, Feb. 4. Police found the victim sitting on steps who initially said he was attacked by a group of kids after leaving Uptown's Roo House Tavern. According to the victim, he was sprayed in the face with pepper spray after a male asked him four a couple dollars. Police were unable to locate any witnesses and state the victim did not require medical services.
- Eric C. Kilpatrick, of the 100 block of Marshall Street, was arrested for forgery, receiving stolen property, criminal attempt and theft by deception Wednesday, Feb. 4. Police responded to the Wells Fargo Bank on East Main Street in response to a hang-up 911 call. Upon arrival, police spoke with a bank teller who said Kilpatrick allegedly attempted to cash two personal checks totaling $1,200. The checks were written out to Kilpatrick. The teller checked the check owner’s signature held on record at Wells Fargo and the signatures did not match. The teller then contacted the check owner, who told the teller she did not write the checks and that her checkbook was stolen. Four fraudulent checks reportedly were cashed previously for an amount $2,400. Kilpatrick was taken into custody and transported to the police station to await arraignment.
- E. Anthony Barfield, of the 800 block of Cherry Street, was cited for disorderly conduct Sunday, Feb. 5. During a traffic stop, Barfield reportedly immediately exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away. A search of the defendant's person reportedly revealed a glass crack pipe burnt on both ends. Police state his actions caused public annoyance and served no legitimate purpose. He was cited and the pipe was placed into evidence.
- A broken windowpane to a residence on the 00 block of Roberts Alley was reported to police Monday, Feb. 6. The victim was sitting in her residence when she heard someone running in the alley. The running stopped and then she heard glass break. The victim went to her kitchen and discovered someone through an egg through the rear window. There are no suspects at this time and a victim’s rights form was provided.
- A victim reported to police that someone smashed out windows to her bluc 2003 Lincoln Navigator Monday, Feb. 6. The vehicle was parked on the 1700 block of New Hope Street at the time the incident occurred. The damage is estimated to be $500. A victim’s rights form was provided.
- A handicap placard was reportedly stolen from a silver 2010 Cadillac CTS while parked on the 400 block of West Marshall Street Wednesday, Feb. 1. The victim stated the window to the vehicle was reportedly rolled down and an unknown person took the sign.
- Jason Fielding, of the 2800 block of Village Green Lane, was cited for being in possession of a pocket knife with a blade that exceeds 2 ½ inches Sunday, Feb. 5. He was cited and released.
- Ramiro Aranas-Dominguez, of the 300 block of West Marshall Street, was cited for obstructing highways Saturday, Feb. 4. Aranas-Dominguez reportedly left his vehicle unattended and completely blocked traffic on East Chestnut Street. When police honked their horn at him, he reportedly yelled at police to wait.
- Carmen L. Centeno-Pagan, of the 500 block of Kohn Street, was cited for scattering rubbish Friday, Feb. 3. She reportedly was observed by police discarding a wrapper from a box of cigarettes onto the sidewalk on the 400 block of West Marshall Street.
- William J. Tarewicz, of the 900 block of Oak Drive in Pottstown, was cited for scattering rubbish Saturday, Feb. 4. Police reportedly observed Tarewicz discard a plastic cup onto the grass next to the parking lot on the 200 block of Main Street. Subject was subsequently discovered to be wanted in Philadelphia for possession of narcotics.
- Carmen Prete, of the 2800 block of Swede Street, was cited for harassment Monday, Feb. 6. Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Stanbridge Street for a report of an unwanted subject. The victim said Prete was allegedly knocking on the victim’s door and she did not want him there. He was gone prior to police arrival; however, when checking the area they were flagged down and told the location of Prete. Prete was mailed a citation for alleged harassment. Prete reportedly is involved with an open assault case involving the same victim and the alleged harassment would be a violation of his bail.
- Mitzie V. Allen, of the 1800 block of Locust Street, was cited for harassment Sunday, Feb. 5. Allen is accused of striking a victim several times during an altercation. She reportedly admitted to police that she did strike the victim with her hands. Allen was issued a citation for her conduct.
- Jose Luis Reyes-Chavoz, of the 7200 block of Powell Street, was mailed a citation for harassment for an incident that occurred Jan. 19. He was allegedly following the victim.
- Andrene Reid, of the 300 block of East Airy Street, was mailed a citation for harassment for an incident that occurred Jan. 22. Reid allegedly scratched and cut a victim during a domestic dispute.
- Maurice Gray, of the 300 block of Buttonwood Street, was cited for harassment for an incident that occurred Jan. 24. Gray reportedly slapped the victim in the face.
- Bernerdino Martinez, of the 700 block was cited for breaking a municipality ordinance for having an open container on the 600 block of Haws Avenue Monday, Feb. 6. During a traffic stop, Martinez was reportedly found to have an open 40 oz bottle of beer. He was cited and released.
- Police received a call regarding a loose dog in the area of West Washington and Stanbridge streets. Police located a small white Maltese mix with badly matted hair, a tail that was injured and a front leg that was hanging off. According to the report, the dog limped on the remaining limbs. It was transported to the SPCA.
- Police seized the registration from a red 1995 Honda Accord Tuesday, Feb. 7. It was seized due to insurance cancellation and was returned to PennDOT.
- The tag from a silver 2001 Cadillac was seized on the 500 block of Green Street Sunday, Feb. 5.
- Christopher M. Knapp, of the 60 block of DeKalb Street, was arrested for an active Montgomery County sheriff’s warrant Saturday, Jan. 28. He reportedly was seen with an open Gatorade filled with beer in public. He was also cited for an open container.
- Derrick Hudson, of the 500 block of Church Street, was arrested for an active criminal warrant Saturday, Feb. 4. He was reportedly arrested for other charges and discovered to have and active criminal warrant. He was brought to the police station and held for arraignment.
- Tyrone Simon, of the 700 block of Sandy Street, was arrested for an active fine and cost warrant Wednesday, Feb. 4. Police were dispatched for a report of a disturbance at . The caller stated Simon was inside her car and would reportedly not let her leave. Upon arrival, police discovered that Simon had two active fine and cost warrants for a combined $516. He was arrested and transported to the police station to await arraignment.
- Marcus Minton, of the 600 block of Astor Street, was arrested for an active criminal warrant Monday, Feb. 6. He was transported from Philadelphia to Norristown, placed in a cell and held for arraignment.
- Akeem Jones, of the 800 block of George Street, was arrested for an active fine and cost warrant Monday, Feb. 6. Police came in contact with Jones during a reported domestic disturbance. A warrant check revealed the above active warrant. Jones was taken into custody and held for arraignment.
- Jose Rodriguez, of the 200 block of Buttonwood Street, was arrested for an active fine and cost warrant Monday, Feb. 6. The warrant was for $551.50. He was transported to the police station to await arraignment.
- Eric Smith, of the 700 block of Noble Street, was arrested for an active criminal warrant Friday, Feb. 3. Smith reportedly was the front seat passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a suspected D.U.I. on the 300 block of West Marshall Street. He was found to have an active warrant and taken into custody.
- Jeff Said, of the 800 block of Woodbrooke Lane in Plymouth Meeting, was arrested for an active criminal warrant Friday, Feb. 3. He was transported to the police station, processed and taken for arraignment.
- Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Cherry Street for a report of a person lying on the floor unresponsive in his apartment with the door ajar. The man reportedly was barely conscious, very emaciated and his left foot appeared to have a large amount of necrotic tissue from an unknown issues. Police and emergency services were dispatched before to the same location for a similar incident Jan. 31. The man refused services at the time. He reportedly had little food in the apartment and the apartment reportedly was in total disarray with trash and unconsumed food all over. He was transported to Montgomery hospital via ambulance. His apartment was secured and the landlord was advised. A copy of the report was sent to Aging and Adult Services.
- A resident reported to police that a man he hired to clean his carpet allegedly stole from the victim Thursday, Feb. 2. The victim claims he rented a carpet cleaner and put the rental in the accused’s name. When the hired help did not show up to the work, the victim went looking for him and got into a physical altercation while trying to get the cleaning machine back. The victim states he hurt his finger either by punching the accused or grabbing him. The police officer told the reporting person that the case was a civil matter.
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