Last night I was working out at Jefferson Pointe during the night. I was walking around doing my regular patrol when I came across a young white male with a gym bag slung over the front side of him as he walked through the mall. There is not supposed to be anyone on property while the mall is closed. I called out on the radio that I’m going to be approaching this guy. I went near the guy and asked him if he was just passing through. All I got out of him was an “uh huh”. I told him I can’t have anybody walking through there when the mall is closed and asked him to leave the property. He didn’t say anything and just kept walking. I followed him and he made his way to the perimeter of the mall, stood in one spot for about five minutes looking at a new truck that was there on show, and then kept walking the perimeter.
During this time my supervisor was on his way over to help me out and I was also asking the guy if he needed any help, if I could call anyone for him, and kept telling him he can’t be walking around in the mall area. My supervisor arrived and still couldn’t get the guy to be cooperative and stop walking. He called the city police out there. Finally the young male stops for my supervisor and answers some questions. He says he is homeless and has been walking all the way from New Jersey. He says he just needs a place to stay and a bite to eat. My supervisor continues to talk to him and keep him calm until the police arrive.
A squad car finally shows and it’s the sergeant on duty. He exits his car and addresses the guy by name. I’m just going to use the name “Todd” in this example. The officer says something along the lines of “Todd, I thought we had a talk earlier today.” Apparently they had problems with Todd earlier at the bar called Tilted Kilt out by Jefferson Pointe earlier. I guess he was sitting at the bar and did not leave when he was asked to. He is only nineteen and lied about his age to them earlier. The officer said he also smelled like weed and was high. But, they must have let him go with a warning.
The sergeant waited for another officer to arrive. Three more actually pulled in behind him, so there were four cruisers out there. One of the officers that had dealt with him earlier came out. Once he was there, he told Todd he already gave him a chance and then proceeded to tell Todd to drop his bag and put his hands behind his back. Todd seemed to cooperate at first, but then resisted the arrest, pulling his arms away. So then the officer said “Really, you’re going to resist?” and forced him to the ground and hand-cuffed him. They did a quick pat down, but found nothing of importance. They ended up arresting him for False Information and Resisting Arrest. The officer said Todd was from Fort Wayne and all the nonsense about walking from New Jersey wasn’t true.
That was the first take-down I’ve ever seen in person, and it was pretty awesome! See this guy could have talked to me, or could have walked off property like he was told to do and he wouldn’t have gone through all this trouble. But I guess his ignorance caught up with him. These kind of nights are pretty cool when I finally get some action out on the job!