ONCE AN OFFICER, ALWAYS AN OFFICER
DATE/TIME: November 13, 2019
LOCATION: N Adah Avenue and W. Hiawatha Street
DETAILS: When a suspicious person was seen repeatedly circling the block on a bicycle and appeared to be casing houses, professional training and experience immediately kicked in for this community leader. Mayor Jane Castor leads this city by example. She kept an eye on the suspect as he rode his bicycle into a driveway. Mayor Castor then contacted our Communications Center to have an officer dispatched, while her driver, retired Detective Mike Victor, followed and used his police radio to keep responding officers up to date. With the detailed description of the subject provided by Mayor Castor, officers were able to come into contact with the subject, later identified as Jesse Don Hickman.
When officers located Hickman, he was riding his bicycle westbound in the 1100 block of W Hiawatha St. and ran through a stop sign, where officers conducted a traffic stop. The officer noted that the man was on a white bicycle with orange forks and remembered an alert that had been placed regarding a suspect, seen on bicycle, who had been committing burglaries to residential sheds in the area. He was able to retrieve investigatory details and noted that the suspect description matched Hickman. Security video from an attempted burglary on Oct 20th was reviewed and matched the description of Hickman and his bicycle.
Hickman was taken into custody and during a search after his arrest, the same baseball cap and unique tennis shoes that the suspect wore on the video were in Hickman's backpack. Detectives conducted a post-Miranda interview, and Hickman admitted to the burglary. Hickman has been charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Thanks to Mayor Castor's awareness, observation, and call for service, officers were dispatched quickly and able to apprehend Hickman before another crime could be committed.