Police Weekly Update
Between July 16 and July 22, 2018, the Bozeman Police Department handled 1173 calls for service and generated 97 investigations/arrests. During the week, we conducted 273 traffic stops resulting in 14 arrests. Officers responded to 30 motor vehicle crashes, we also responded to 11 disorderly conduct reports, 27 reported thefts, made 21 warrant arrests and five assault arrests.
Suspicious Male Arrest
On July 16, 2018 at approximately 1230 hours, officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious male in a parking lot on Ellis Street. The report stated a male subject was removing items of clothing and was currently down to his pants. A witness also said the male was trying to get in to vehicles. When officers arrived, they located the male standing in the middle of the parking lot, having a difficult time standing. When questioned the male said he had come to the parking lot with his parents who were in a business. That information was found to be false. Officers spoke to independent witnesses who saw the male grabbing car door handles aggressively. One of the witness thought the male was attempting to gain entry in to the vehicles and another witness said the male pulled on the car door handles several times and then began doing what appeared to be "push-ups" against the cars. Witnesses identified three different vehicles which they said the male attempted to enter, none of which were his. Officers arrested the male and he was transported to the jail. During an inventory search, jail staff recovered small folded foil square from one of his pants pockets. The foil contained a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The male was charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs.
Just before 4 pm on July 19, 2018, we received a report from a North 7th Avenue business regarding two females who were shoplifting. Officers learned two females were involved in the theft of an eight-piece box of chicken and had left the store without paying for it. It was also learned that one of the females had been trespassed from the business because of an issue in 2016. Both females were cited for theft and one of them was jailed because of the previous incident and trespassing.
Assault with a Beer Bottle
On July 19, 2018 just after 9 pm, Dispatch notified Officers a male had been hit on the head with a beer bottle downtown. The victim was located and found to be bleeding from the top of his head. The victim said he was at a downtown bar earlier with a friend and they decided to shake up their beers and spray each other. After this, the victim was hit in the head with a beer bottle. The victim did not know the name of the suspect, but did have a video of the suspect after he was hit. After placing photos of the suspect on social media, we received information from a few citizen who knew the suspect. Addtionally, we received a call from the suspect’s attorney after the suspect saw his own picture. The suspect was charged with assault.
After 6 am on July 21, 2018, officers were dispatched to a report of suspicious circumstances involving a male attempting to enter a residence on South 10th Avenue. While responding to the location, dispatch advised an unknown male had entered the residence and the situation had become violent. When the first officer arrived, the male could be heard the male yelling threats that he was going to kill someone while the females screamed from inside the residence. It appeared there was threat of imminent danger to life so the officer forced entry into the house by kicking the front door in. The officer entered the home and found a male wearing nothing but boxer briefs with a broom or mop in his hands facing the females. The officer was able to take the male into custody. Once other officers arrived, the male was removed from the residence and secured in a patrol car. The suspect could not explain why he had entered the residence and really didn’t know where he was. When the suspect was asked if he knew where he was and he replied “Los Santos Los Santos, California,” which was a reference to a video game. The two females were injured and did not know the male. One victim said she had been pinned down and punched by the male suspect and the other said she had been slammed in a door and kicked in the head by the suspect. The suspect was taken to jail and held without bond for Aggravated Burglary.
The Bozeman Police Department has now received several reports regarding a new scam. In these newest attempts, people are getting emails from an unknown person. In the email the unknown person tells you when you visited certain websites that they actually captured your email password. The email contains the victims actual or previous email password and threatens to send inappropriate emails/videos from your address to your contacts unless you send them money. The ones we have seen have given the victim a timeframe in which they have to send the money or they will send the inappropriate material to your friends and family. This is a scam but nonetheless if you get one of these emails, do not send money and immediately go to your email service provider and change your email password. It is also a reminder to change your password regularly and to never give your password to anyone.
Sgt. Travis Munter