Region STOP Team nets drug, weapons arrests

2014-03-20T18:09:00Z 2014-03-20T21:35:22Z Region STOP Team nets drug, weapons arrestsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 20, 2014 6:09 pm  • 

The Region STOP Team netted four arrests in the last two weeks while on patrol in the region.

On Tuesday, team members patrolling in Gary stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. Officers identified the driver as Anthony Polk, 22, of Gary, and discovered his license was suspended.

Police smelled marijuana in the vehicle and saw a clear, plastic bag containing a white powder on the passenger side floorboard.

Police recovered .9 grams of powder cocaine, 3.4 grams of crack cocaine and 1.8 grams of heroin following the traffic stop.

Polk was taken into custody and charged with dealing in cocaine, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

On Monday, Region STOP Team officers responded to the 4000 block of Main Street in East Chicago for a report of a possible robbery at Family Dollar, 4020 Main St. When officers arrived, they saw an East Chicago officer approaching two suspects believed to have been involved in the incident.

Darnell J. Oscar allegedly ran from the officer before being pursued by East Chicago and Region STOP Team officers.

Oscar allegedly removed a dark, semi-automatic handgun from his waistband during the foot pursuit and threw it to the ground. Police later learned the gun was loaded and the serial numbers were removed.

Police said Oscar refused their commands and a struggle ensued.

During the struggle, Hammond Police Officer Joseph Martinez received minor injuries. Martinez was working for the STOP Team when the injuries occurred.

After the arrest, Oscar allegedly threatened Martinez.

Oscar was charged with five felonies including possession of an altered handgun, carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement, battery resulting in bodily injury and intimidation.

On March 11, the STOP Team stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction while on patrol near West 10th Avenue and Taft Street in Gary. An occupant of the vehicle — Carlos Spikes, 26 — was wanted on an outstanding felony drug-related arrest warrant issued in 2009.

Spikes was taken into custody without incident.

The STOP Team also stopped another vehicle on March 11 near East 15th and North Grant streets in Gary. Robert Fitzpatrick, 18, was inside the vehicle and police said he was wanted on felony warrants for armed robbery and burglary.

Fitzpatrick was taken into custody without incident.

The Region STOP Team is made up of full-time officers from Lake County, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago police departments. Part-time members include officers from Munster, St. John, Highland, Griffith, Schererville, Dyer, Indiana University Northwest, Whiting and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

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