On Saturday June 17, 2017 members of the Kalamazoo Public Safety Operations Division addressed neighborhood concerns of cruising also known as the X-Train. Around 11:47pm Public Safety received several calls from residents in the 100 to 300 block of N Sage St that vehicles and non-residents had taken over the parking lot. Several residents complained of excessive noise and not being able to park at their residence due to the line of cars and people in the parking lot. In response, a directed patrol targeting individual involved in the X-train was initiated. As the line of vehicles moved from Sage St to other areas of the city enforcement action was taken.
During the operation which lasted several hours the following occurred: Over 20 citations were issued and seven vehicles were towed. A stolen vehicle was recovered in the 1700 block of Union and the driver was arrested on several felony charges. While officers were attempting to make contact with a vehicle at Ada and Westnedge the driver immediately drove directly towards an officer forcing the officer to jump out of the way. A brief vehicle pursuit occurred that ended in the 600blk of Elm St. An occupant of that vehicle was in possession of a .38 caliber revolver and illegal drugs. A 37 year old male Kalamazoo resident was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances. Several other citizens engaged in the X-train were arrested on outstanding warrants, narcotics violations and driving offenses.
Public Safety would like to remind residents that we will be continuing strict enforcement in order to address neighborhood concerns regarding this type of activity. Through this enforcement, it is our hope to deter this type of activity that adversely impacts the quality of life for area residents. Kalamazoo Public Safety appreciates the continued support and patience of those affected by this type of disruption.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
Authority: Lt Anthony Morgan
Date: June 18, 2017
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Vernon Coakley, Operations Division, 337-8140