Officers of the Fourth Quarter - 2016

Mishawaka Chief of Police Ken Witkowski has announced Pfc. Marty DeGeyter, Sgt. Chad Thomas and K-9 "Rex" as recipients of the Mishawaka Police Department’s “Officers of the Fourth Quarter - 2016.”

On October 2, 2016 police were called to the area of Travers Circle after a male subject had approached two juvenile girls and solicited them for sex. After obtaining statements from the girls, a description of the suspect was broadcast including a vehicle description. While on routine patrol, Officer Marty DeGeyter spotted a parked vehicle matching the description of the suspect. He then observed a male subject, also matching the description, following behind two females. After performing a field interview, the suspect was immediately taken into custody. He was later charged with 4 counts of Felony Child Solicitation and taken to the county jail. On October 24, 2016, my office received a letter from the parents of one of the suspect's victims in which they expressed their gratitude to the Mishawaka Police Department for their efforts in apprehending a dangerous predator.

On December 5, 2016 officers responded to the Edison Pointe Apartment Complex after tenants had called about two subjects checking car doors. Sgt. Thomas arrived with K-9 "Rex" who indicated that the suspects were still in the area. Officers quickly located one of the suspects hiding in a dumpster who was then arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Law Enforcement along with a long list of active warrants that included Robbery and Auto Theft.

On December 23, 2016 Sgt. Thomas and K-9 "Rex" were patrolling when they observed a suspicious pick-up truck on Brunswick Square. Being familiar with the area, Sgt. Thomas immediately knew that something was out of place and soon located a garage with fresh damage. The driver of the truck was detained and a second person was found hiding in the garage. Both subjects were charged with Burglary, Theft, Trespass and Possession of Stolen Property and taken to jail.

On December 30, 2016 officers were sent to the American Classic's Car Wash on Cedar Road after witnesses had observed two subjects breaking into coin machines. Upon arrival, Sgt. Thomas and K-9 "Rex" began chasing one of the suspects with K-9 "Rex" tracking off-leash. A short time later, officers located the suspect and K-9 "Rex" in a wooded area. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and multiple Felony Warrants from St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties.

"Officer DeGeyler's awareness and dedication most certainly saved two young girls from a dangerous predator," commented Witkowski. "Sgt. Thomas and his K-9 partner 'Rex' have continuously displayed hard work and dedication throughout 2016. Their bravery and work ethic should be recognized."

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