Portage SWAT arrests man and his mom

2013-04-26T14:45:00Z 2013-04-26T23:09:06Z Portage SWAT arrests man and his momTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 26, 2013 2:45 pm  • 

PORTAGE | The Portage Police Department SWAT team arrested a man and his mother Friday morning.

Police went to 6840 Mercedes Ave. at 8:47 a.m. Friday to serve a felony forgery warrant on James Rasch, 22.

When police served the warrant, Tammy Rasch, 46, James' mother, battered one of the SWAT officers and was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest, according to police.

Police had been looking for James Rasch for about a week after he and another Portage man became suspects in numerous burglaries throughout the city, police said.

The other suspect in the string of burglaries, Mark Bogart, 26, of 219 Valley Drive, was arrested Wednesday when an officer, who had been alerted by the detectives bureau about the burglary suspects, spotted him parked in a driveway in the 2900 block of Airport Road. When the officer searched Bogart's car, he found a capped hypodermic needle and a portion of a pop can with burnt drug residue on the surface.

Bogart was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of paraphernalia.

The Portage police detective bureau is working with the Porter County Prosecutors office on filing burglary charges against both James Rasch and Mark Bogart, according to a press release.

"The combined work of our detectives, patrol officers and SWAT team shows our residents that we will aggressively pursue those that seek to commit crimes in our great community. We will absolutely not stand for anyone looking to do us harm or disrupt our quality of life," Portage Police Chief Troy Williams stated in the release.

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