Edgewater Police Report: 11/12-12/2/2017

From Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey:


11/12 – 12/2/2017

Police Capture Knife Wielding Assailant

On 11/20 at about 11PM two residents drove to their home along Sheridan Blvd., when they were confronted with an intoxicated pedestrian who began throwing food at their car window. As the residents walked to their front door they heard glass breaking on their vehicle. The male resident ran after the intoxicated pedestrian for a couple of blocks. The suspect suddenly stopped, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the resident. The resident retreated from the suspect, called dispatch and provided a description of the knife wielding suspect.

Officer Forsythe contacted the resident and provided further information that allowed for Officers Young and Palmer to locate and arrest the suspect, a 25 year old Lakewood resident. The Lakewood man was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on multiple charges.

Holiday Assault

On the Thanksgiving holiday weekend an Edgewater female invited her homeless brother over to her home in the 2800 block of Kendall Street. The female reported to police that she was arguing with her brother about family issues when he suddenly attacked, striking her in the face and knocking her to the floor. A neighbor overheard the commotion, went down to the apartment and intervened with the brother striking his sister. When officers arrived on scene the neighbor immediately stopped fighting although officers then had to struggle with the brother to take him into custody.

The female resident was treated and admitted to Intensive Care with bleeding on the brain and the brother was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on Felony Assault. The resident has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Police Staffing Levels

Although the police department was down five officers for several months this year (50% of our patrol unit), we are in the process of filling the vacant positions.

Officer Johnson was involved in a fight during the course of an arrest this reporting period and suffered a broken foot which will take extensive recovery time.

The police department has two recruits currently in the process of background examinations and we hope to have them start their training in early 2018.

The short staffing levels impacted several of our officer initiated activities during the course of the year which can be observed in the below statistics.

Want to make your neighborhood safer?

The Edgewater Police Department’s Nextdoor Beat Cop Program was selected as one of the top 7 programs in the United States by the Nextdoor selection team for 2017. If you’re concerned about crime in your neighborhood there is no better free program available to us than Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch coordination is nothing more than getting to know your neighbors and passing along information that the police department provides to you about the calls for service in your specific neighborhood.

Please consider inviting your neighbors to participate in Nextdoor Edgewater and contacting our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Lorenzo – volunteers@edgewaterpd.com  to get more information on Neighborhood Watch and making your neighborhood safer. Working together we can make a difference in deterring crime – thank you!

Calls for Service

911 Emergency Calls         28                   Year to date              364

Welfare Checks                   9                     Year to date              178

Alarm Calls                           17                  Year to date              173

Calls this period                   548                 Year to date              9,371

Thank you neighbors for notifying our dispatch center at 303-271-0211 for the many calls and for our Edgewater Officers for their fine work!

Traffic Statistics

Number of Traffic stops this period                      143

Number of Traffic stops year to date                    2,557


This reporting period, shortly after 1AM Officer Nesbitt observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Sheridan Blvd. at about 60MPH. Officer Nesbitt observed the vehicle weaving across both lanes of traffic as he attempted to pull closer and observed the vehicle crash into the back of another vehicle causing it to roll over two times. The two females that were struck miraculously escaped serious injury and the driver of the speeding vehicle denied having been involved in the accident. The 39 year old Denver resident, with three prior DUI convictions and five active driving restraints was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for DUI and traffic charges.

 Arrest Statistics

Arrests for November 41                           Arrests year to date             403

Stolen Vehicles

Free Clubs – Honda Civics and Honda Accords years 2010 and older account for almost half of our stolen vehicles in metro Denver. The Edgewater Police Department still has a few Auto Theft Prevention “Clubs” that we would like to give away to any Edgewater resident that own either an older Honda Accord or Civic. Please call Nancy Maldonado at 720-763-3013 if you’re interested in a free “Club” – we have a limited quantity.

We had two stolen vehicles this reporting period and our officers recovered two stolen vehicles this reporting period.

Year to date we have had 45 cars stolen and 25 cars have been recovered in the City of Edgewater.

Radar Trailer

Volunteer Frank Kyper will be placing the radar trailer in in the 6000 block of W. 26th Ave. this week. If you are interested in having the radar trailer put in your neighborhood, please contact the Police Volunteer Line – Volunteers@Edgewaterpd.com  If you’re interested in assisting with traffic speed control in your community we are in need of additional volunteers for this program – please contact Frank Kyper at the Volunteer email address listed.

Nextdoor and Neighborhood Watch are Growing!

Our tremendous volunteers, Pauline York and Lorenzo Rendon have done an exceptional job with our Neighborhood Watch Program. Pauline has identified several Block Captains and Lorenzo has spoken to many of you and is arranging block meetings. As we begin to identify and sign our Neighborhood Watch Blocks, we will also begin the process of comparing crime statistics in Watch Blocks compared to all other blocks. The NW program has historically been extremely successful in deterring crime, and I’m certain it will do the same for Edgewater. Our Edgewater Police Department Volunteers are researching methods to increase our Neighborhood Watch participation and participation in Nextdoor Edgewater. Both of these programs allow us to communicate more efficiently with residents for civic events and crime prevention purposes. Please consider inviting your neighbors to participate in Nextdoor Edgewater and contacting our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Lorenzo – volunteers@edgewaterpd.com  to get more information on making your neighborhood safer.

Thank You Notes from Neighbors – Kudo’s

In response to Porch Pirates Arrest:

Thank you Edgewater Police Department and all aware neighbors!

Thanks! Too many of us are becoming victims of individuals thinking they are entitled to others peoples belongings. USPS theft is a federal offense. Maybe these kids will tell their buddies it is not worth it to steal as they do their time.

Thank you to our outstanding police volunteers, Pauline York, Frank Kyper, Lorenzo Rendon, Dave Suter, and Joel Newton for the countless hours they are contributing to making our community and city a safer place to live, work and play! Chief Mackey

Neighbor’s notes and “Kudo’s” are placed in the lobby of the police station and placed in the respective officer’s personnel files – thanks for sharing!

Upcoming Community Events:

December 16           Orum House Santa, 2444 Depew St.

December 25           City Offices Closed

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