Two Portage residents were arrested on charges of having an active warrant
and battery to law enforcement Friday by the Portage Police SWAT team,
Portage Police said.
According to police at 8:47 a.m. James Rach, 22, of 6840 Mercedes Avenue,
was served a C-Felony forgery warrant one week after becoming a suspect in
numerous burglaries throughout Portage.
As he was taken into custody, Rach’s mother Tammy Rach, 46, of 6840 Mercedes
Avenue, battered one of the SWAT officers and was subsequently charged with
battery and resisting arrest, police said.
Possible burglary charges against James Rach are being worked on by the
County Prosecutor’s office and another Portage resident tied to the
burglaries who was arrested earlier last week on a charge of possessing a
hypodermic needle, police said.
PPD Chief Troy Williams stated on Friday, “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.”