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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle

On April 8, 2012, shortly after 12:30 a.m., officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to the 300 block of E. Michigan on a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.  Witnesses at the scene advised that the vehicle that stuck the victim fled outbound on E. Michigan after the accident.

A detailed description was provided by the witnesses at the scene and within minutes a Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the vehicle.  The vehicle was stopped in the 1500 block of Gull Rd and after a subsequent investigation the driver, a 24 year old Galesburg resident, was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Impairment and Hit and Run. The driver is currently lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

The victim, a 28 year old Kalamazoo resident, suffered a possible head injury as well as a broken leg.  She was transported to Bronson hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Burglary suspect arrested 1600 Royce

From: http://kalamazoopublicsafety.com/

On March 22, 2012 at approximately 1 a.m. Kalamazoo Public Safety Dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen in the 1600 block of Royce who heard breaking glass in her neighborhood.  Several officers from Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the area.  The first officers on scene saw a subject flee a vacant house on foot.  The officers pursued him and were able to catch up with him in a short period of time.  The subject resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody.

The subject was found to be in possession of burglary tools.  It is believed that his intent was to steal copper piping within the home.

A 45 year old Kalamazoo man was taken into custody and lodged on felony charges including breaking and entering and resisting arrest.

Authority of:  Lt Jay Kowalkowski

Subject Arrested After Fleeing in a Stolen Vehicle

On March 18, 2012 at 7:47 p.m., Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers Marcel Behnen and Jon Schippers spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen from a downtown car dealership earlier in the day.  The officers got behind the vehicle in the 1900 block of Portage Road and attempted to stop it but the vehicle fled southbound on Portage Road.  The officers pursued the vehicle to the area of Oakland Drive and Milham Drive where officers from the Portage Department of Public Safety took over the pursuit.  The driver of the stolen vehicle abandoned the vehicle in the parking lot of the Woodland Elementary School and was taken into custody in a wooded area a short distance away. 

The suspect, a 53 year old Portage resident, was arrested for stealing the vehicle as well as Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of Cocaine, and Driving on a Suspended License.  He is currently lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail.

UPDATE: Victim identified in Thursday’s fatal shooting


On March 8th, 2012 Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1300 block of North Rose. Upon their arrival they located a 22 year old Kalamazoo man who had been shot. The 22 year old man was transported to Bronson Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.

Update: The victim has been identified as Eric Coleman.  Kalamazoo Public Safety wishes to extend their condolences to Mr. Coleman’s family and friends.

The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating this matter and asks that anyone with information regarding this incident to please call Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

No further information will be released at this time.

Fugitive Arrested on FBI Bank Robbery Warrants

Fugitive Arrested on FBI Bank Robbery Warrants


On 3/6/12 at approximately 7 pm, information was received on the possible whereabouts of a federal fugitive wanted for the 2009 Bank Robbery of the National City Bank in the 4000 block of Stadium Drive.  Kalamazoo Public Safety Detectives were able to determine the location of the fugitive and worked in conjunction with KVET and Operations Officers to conduct surveillance.

The suspect was believed to be walking in the 1400 block of Princeton Street. Public Safety Officer Tim Knight attempted to make a police-citizen contact with the fugitive, who fled on foot.  Officer Knight, who recognized the subject as the fugitive, took chase.  After a brief struggle the fugitive was subdued and placed under arrest.  She was also found to be in possession of a hand gun.

Additional Warrants Issued for North Rose Street Homicide

Additional Warrants Issued for North Rose Street Homicide

Kalamazoo Public Safety News Release

Kalamazoo, MI:  This morning the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office issued charges against Robert Wright, 26 year old Kalamazoo resident, for the murder of Romney Hunter and the assault with intent to murder Troy Whitfield, in the 800 block of N. Rose on January 8, 2012.  The following charges were issued: Open Murder; three counts of Felony Firearm; Assault with Intent to Murder; Felon in Possession of Firearm.  Mr. Wright is currently being held in another facility on unrelated charges.  He will be arraigned once arrangements have been made to transfer him back to Kalamazoo County.

Second Homicide Suspect Arrested for 2007 Homicide

Second Homicide Suspect Arrested for 2007 Homicide

On August 7, 2007, Kalamazoo Public Safety was dispatched to the Stadium Discount Laundry for a report of a man lying in a pool of blood.  Officers discovered Daniel McNeil, who gave a dying declaration of the description of the suspects.  Mr. McNeil unfortunately died a short time later from the injuries that he incurred. 

In February of 2008, Christopher Levitt was convicted of the homicide and sentenced to Life in Prison.  In July of 2010, Levitt had exhausted his appeals on his conviction.

Last week, homicide charges were issued for Roderique Rolark, 24 year old, who now resides in Sacramento, California.  With the assistance of Sacramento County Police Department, Public Safety Detectives arrested Rolark on these charges yesterday.  He is currently awaiting his extradition hearing.