Police Weekly Update 4/24/2018
Between April 16 and 22nd, 2018 the Bozeman Police Department handled 956 calls for service and generated 82 investigations/arrests. During the week, we responded to 20 motor vehicle crashes, we also responded to 13 reports of hit and runs crashes, 23 reported thefts, made eight warrant arrests and six DUI arrests.
An officer took a report from a resident regarding their home being broken into. The resident reported they often leave their home unlocked when they are not home. After being gone for a week, they arrived home and found someone had entered their residence and had apparently stayed awhile. They noted furniture was moved around as well as other indications their home was occupied when they were gone. They also noted property was missing from the residence as well. We encourage our residents and visitors to help protect their property by locking the doors to their residence and vehicles along with securing other property like bicycles when they are not in use.
Around 12:30 in the afternoon on April 16, 2018, officers responded to a report of an assault that had occurred at a downtown bank location. An officer was flagged down by two males, one of which reported to the officer he was assaulted by an unknown male. The victim described the suspect and let the officer know where he last saw the male. The suspect was located and detained while officers spoke with the victim and witness. It was learned an employee with the bank was attempting to escort the suspect from the bank but was having difficulty. The victim, also a bank employee, stepped in to assist in escorting the suspect from the business. Once outside, the suspect was escorted off the property. When the employee turned around to walk back to the bank, he was pushed from behind and then punched in the side of the head. During an interview with the suspect, he admitted to the officer he had punched someone at the bank. He was arrested and taken to jail.
Criminal Trespass to Vehicle
Just before 1pm on April 18, 2018, officers received a report of a male trying to get into a vehicle. A female called to report she was shopping at a business off North 19th Avenue and had just gotten into her vehicle in the parking lot. As she was preparing to leave, she said a male, whom she did not know, walked up to her vehicle and attempted to get in the vehicle. Seeing the male approach, the female quickly locked the doors of her vehicle. That kept the male from entering as he pulled on the door handle. The victim then hastily drove forward to get away from the male but remained in the parking lot to keep an eye on him as she called 911. She also observed the male attempt to open other cars as he walked away from the area. Officers arrived and took the male into custody. Be aware of your surroundings so you can keep yourself safe just as this citizen did here.
Hit and Run Investigation
Around 2:30 the morning of April 20, 2018, officers responded to the 3000 block Tschache Lane for a reported hit and run. It was reported a vehicle had struck a sign and then hit a vehicle. The callers reported they were asleep and were awoken by a loud noise. When they went outside to see what happened, they found another vehicle had hit their pick-up truck. While speaking to the victims, a neighbor came over and told the officer she lived across the street and had woken up when she heard the collision. When she looked out the window, she saw a black newer style four-door pick-up swerving back onto the road after colliding with the vehicle as well as an electrical box. The black truck then continued west on Tschache without stopping. There will be significant damage to the front end with emphasis on the driver’s side. If anyone has information about a possible suspect of this incident please call the Bozeman Police Department.
At around 11:30 pm on April 21, an officer observed a Jeep traveling south on North 7th Avenue. The officer noted the vehicle swerved back and forth on the roadway. As the driver was preparing to turn on Mendenhall, he threw a lit cigarette out of the window. The driver turned the Jeep and made a wide right turn on to West Mendenhall Street, failing to turn into the nearest lane. The officer stopped the vehicle which took several blocks to stop. During the contact with the driver of the Jeep, the officer noticed several indicators of alcohol impairment and asked the driver to perform the standardized field sobriety maneuvers. The driver was arrested with a breath alcohol concentration more than three and a half times the legal limit.
Sgt. Travis Munter