April 15, 2:17 a.m.: Question: Would you call the police if someone stole your drugs? Some people would.
Officer Capece responded to the 100 block of Ernestine Street in reference to a home invasion. His report reads, "Upon my arrival, I met with the victim … who provided a verbal statement but refused to provided a written statement. `The 31-year-old victim` stated that he was home when an acquaintance he knows only as Trina came to his apartment with three black males. He stated the front door was unlocked and the four entered the apartment. Once inside, the three males each displayed a gun and demanded `the victim` to give them the drugs he had. The victim stated that he told the men he did not have any drugs and stated one of the males struck him in the back of his head and all three males searched the apartment. He stated the only thing he observed missing was his cell phone and car keys."
The perps took off in a red Pontiac Grand Am. Now, most people would press charges if they were clunked on the head and had their cell phone and keys taken while in their home/castle; if for no other reason, to get the keys back and hope the perps don't later steal your vehicle, right?
But this victim declined to press charges, even signing a document saying as much. And that leads your correspondent to wonder if the home invaders found what they were looking for.
April 16, 12:52 p.m.: Just another "John"? You be the judge.
Officer Behrens responded to a Suburban Extended Stay hotel in the 5600 block of Major Boulevard regarding an alleged robbery, and met with the 25-year-old female victim. According to the police report, she met the suspect, whose first name was John, on April 15. "`The victim` and John decided to get a hotel room on their own because they were both currently staying in hotel rooms with other guests," the police report states. "`The victim` claimed she was staying at the Holiday Inn … with her sister. John suggested they get a room at the Suburban Lodge for the night. `The victim` later joined John in room No. 113 after he checked in. `The victim` advised John had only told her his first name but she was able to read his last name when he quickly showed her his driver's license. `The victim` believes John is 29 years old and was born on July 12 or 13 based upon their conversation and he possibly works at the Outback."
Point of interest: Why flash the license? But let's not dally. Back to the report:
"On 4/16/06, when the `victim` woke up at approximately 1030 hours, she claimed she saw John with his hands in her wallet taking approximately $200. When `the victim` confronted him, John claimed she owed him the money because of money he had spent on the hotel and other expenses."
"John" decided that right then would be a good time to end the relationship and ran out of the room, out of the hotel, north on Major Boulevard, west on Vineland Road, then south on South Kirkman Road. The 25-year-old chased him down and caught him at South Kirkman. She told police he pushed her in the face and ran off again. Instead of pursuing him again, she called the cops.
Back at the Suburban, the desk clerk did a little checking and discovered that the woman gave police a different room number. What's more, there was no one named "John" registered in either room. To cap it off, both rooms were vacant before 10 a.m. April 16, when the money-snatching was alleged to have occurred.
So it appears someone is lying about something. Here's a little tidbit that might help you decide. The report concludes, "`The victim` claimed she had John's cell phone number but advised she would have to call back to provide the number at a later time due to her cell phone battery being dead and she was unable to retrieve it." Why not plug it in?
April 17, 7:27 p.m.: In the 4000 block of Emerson Park Drive, officers Andre and Bowlin responded to a theft call. Their report reads, "`The 9-year-old` victim stated he had just finished talking to his friend when an unknown black male, approximately 12 years old, 5'6", 120 pounds, with short black hair, wearing all black clothing, entered the gate from the Millenia Villages side and approached him. The victim stated the black male stood over him and stated, ‘Give me your shoes.'"
The victim refused. A struggle ensued and, ultimately, the kid lost his shoes. The suspect pulled the kid's shoes off and left his own — size 7 1/2 — at the scene. The kid chased the perp on his bicycle, but lost him.
The missing shoes are described as black, white and brown Nike Air Jordans, size 7 1/2. Police noted that the kid's story changed during the investigation, and he was scared of getting in trouble with his parents. Your correspondent is down with that.