EDITOR’S NOTE: The reports are the most recent made available to the media and public. ERPD officials said computer server issues have hampered the availability of timely reports to the public. The issue, which has been ongoing for several months, should be resolved by October 1, police officials said.
_ 5306 Marion Ave.: Police were dispatched to the address last week on a disorder after a person called 911 stating he heard people yelling and glass breaking nearby. According to a police report, when an officer arrived he spoke with a man and a woman who said that someone broke into their house and shot at them. The male victim took officers inside the residence where an officer saw multiple bullet holes inside the house along with a number of empty shell casings throughout the house. The man told police that he came home and went in through the back door of the house. Once inside he immediately noticed all the cabinets in the kitchen were open. He continued into the house and saw down the hall a black male facing away from him using a flashlight to scan the floor. According to the report, the victim told police the suspect stated to him, “East Ridge police: don’t move.” The victim told officers that he realized the intruder was no police officer and ran out the back door. The victim told police that he heard multiple gunshots being fired at him. Once out the back door, the victim told officers he returned fire, shooting back twice, before running for cover. The report states that the victim didn’t get a good look at the suspect. Police secured the residence and a detective was called in to the scene. Evidence was collected at the scene, however no usable fingerprints were obtained, the report states.
_ Clemons Road: Police were dispatched to the area last week regarding suspicious males going door-to-door for a charity. According to a police report, officers made contact with two men in the 5600 block who provided police with identification. The two men explained to officers that they were “stranded” by the company they were raising money for, United Missions for Nonprofits of America (UMNPA). According to the report, while the officers were talking to the men, one of the men said that since tey were left stranded by the company they were “just pocketing the money” so they could go to Colorado. Officers advised the men that they did not have a city permit to go door-to-door to sell anything. The men were told to stop their solicitations. According to the report, ERPD officers researched UMNPA and discovered the company is on a “scam” list. The men were released and walked back to their accommodations at the 4A’s. Representatives of 4A’s told police that the establishment would require the men to leave first thing the next day. Nothing further to report.