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Two charged with resisting after running from officers in Abercrombie

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Two Portage men who attempted to run from police officers in the Abercrombie Woods subdivision in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 14, have been charged with resisting law enforcement.

But other charges may be pending after the CPD said that property believed stolen from a vehicle parked in Abercrombie as well as from one in the Westwood Manor subdivision was traced to the two men.

Charged with resisting law enforcement were Trevor Smaw, 19, of 2343 Dombey Road; and Jayveon Triplett, 19, of 5033 Sherwin Ave.

According to police, at 3:41 a.m. Nov. 14 officer responded to a report of two suspicious male subjects walking near a residence in the 2500 block of Hilfiger Drive. On their arrival, officers found two sets of footprints in the fresh snow which “appeared to be going from house to house in a diagonal manner,” with one set actually seen to enter an open garage on one side and then exit on the other, police said.

Officers followed the footprints “as they made their way from house to house” in the 2500 block of Hilfiger Drive. Both sets were “distinctive,” police said, and “there were no other fresh tracks in this area because of the recent snowfall earlier in the evening.” At the intersection of Hilfiger Drive and Pinehurst Ave., the footprints turned left, northbound in the direction of 1050N, then proceeded to the rear of a house in the 2500 block of Pinehurst Ave. before veering right, southbound, continuing through backyards and leading to and around the pond located immediately north of Westwood Lane South.

The footprints wended their way through the sideyard of a house in the 4000 block of Westwood Lane South, to the front of the house, and then onto the sidewalk, where officers observed them lead to the doors of one vehicle parked on the street and two in a driveway. Officers followed the footprints to another vehicle, a Chrysler Concorde registered to a Portage resident, where they stopped, circled the vehicle, and then continued eastbound on Westwood Lane South, going “up to homes at the corner of Westwood Lane South and Hollister Drive.”

At this point officers observed two men in dark clothing appear from the rear of a house in the 2600 block of Hollister Drive. On seeing the officers, the pair “stopped and then abruptly turned around and started to head southbound,” police said. The officers ordered the two men to stop “numerous times” but instead the pair ran behind the houses on Quicksilver Drive and then into the large field east of Pinehurst Ave., police said.

Officers noted that one of the men was wearing a camouflage backpack, police said.

Once in the field, the two men headed southeast toward a tree line near C.R. 200W and C.R. 1000N, where they were finally apprehended, police said. The two were then identified as Smaw and Triplett.

Assisting in the search were officers with the Burns Harbor and Porter PDs.

Recovered on Smaw was a set of car keys belonging to the Chrysler Concorde parked on Westwood Lane South, police said. Neither, however, was in possession of a camouflage backpack, police said.

At the CPD station both Smaw and Triplett waived their rights and agreed to be interviewed, stating that they were planning to go to Chicago but ended up in Chesterton when their GPS map app failed. Both also admitted running from officers, Smaw saying that “they didn’t do anything wrong,” Triplett stating that “they ran because of past police experience of being arrested for crimes he did not commit.”

Smaw added that he left his backpack--which he described as green with patches on the front--in a tree line just before being apprehended. A green backpack with patches on the front was subsequently recovered by a detective in the bed of a truck in the 1000 block of C.R. 200W, police said.

Smaw, meanwhile, signed a consent permitting a search both of the backpack and the Chrysler Concorde, police said. Found in the backpack was $84.86 in change as well as a Harbor Freight Tools receipt in the name of a Westwood Manor resident who at 6:40 a.m. Nov. 14 reported the theft of change from his unlocked vehicle parked in the 2200 block of Larchwood Ave., police said. Shoe impressions observed on Larchwood Ave. appeared to match Smaw’s shoes as well as those footprints observed in Abercrombie, police said.

Found in the Chrysler Concorde was a new unopened XBox gaming system, police said. Later in the morning of Nov. 14 a resident of the 2400 block of Pinehurst Ave. reported the theft of new XBox gaming system from his unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway, police said.

Smaw and Triplett were charged with resisting law enforcement and transported to Porter County Jail, with a prosecutorial hold placed on them until the CPD’s investigation is completed, police said.



Posted 11/20/2019




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