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