Chief Ken Witkowski and the MPD are pleased to announce Pfc. Anthony Stachowiak and his partner K9 Fradi and Pfc. Jordan Annis as the recipients of the Mishawaka Police Department’s “Officers of the First Quarter” for 2023. The brief summaries below are only some of the exemplary actions taken on behalf of these extraordinary MPD officers.
Officer Anthony Stachowiak and K-9 Fradi have been instrumental in the apprehension of several offenders that were a threat to the safety of the public.
On January 9, 2023, Officer Stachowiak and Fradi apprehended all occupants that were involved in a pursuit with Mishawaka Police and the St. Joseph County Police Department.
On February 5, 2023, Officer Stachowiak and Fradi assisted in a pursuit of a vehicle by the MPD and the South Bend Police Department. Officer Stachowiak and Fradi tracked the fleeing driver and apprehended him. A loaded shotgun was found in the vehicle.
On February 15, 2023, Officer Stachowiak and Fradi responded to a Burglary and Domestic Violence call. The suspect returned to the scene after police responded and fled out the front door. This suspect was apprehended, and a handgun was recovered.
Officer Stachowiak and Fradi are to be commended for their perseverance and willingness to apprehend suspects. The teamwork displayed by the officer and K-9 help the safety of all officers by preventing injury to officers and not escalating the use of force.
On February 2, 2023, Mishawaka Police Officers, on the northside of the city, were investigating a report of a stolen vehicle that had just occurred while the stolen vehicle description had been broadcast out over the radio.
Officer Jordan Annis was on patrol on the southside of Mishawaka and spotted the stolen vehicle as it was traveling westbound on Lincolnway East from SR 331. The stolen vehicle turned around at Byrkit Avenue and Lincolnway East and started to flee from Officer Annis as he initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.
This stolen vehicle, during its flight from the officer, crashed in the intersection of SR 331 and Lincolnway East. Officer Annis approached the driver of the stolen vehicle at gun-point and began announcing commands for him to get on the ground. The male suspect refused these commands and withdrew a knife from his waist and was approaching Officer Annis all the while ignoring the repeated commands to stop.
Officer Annis transitioned to Taser and deployed it, making contact with the suspect. The suspect was then incapacitated and taken into custody and transported to the county jail.
Officer Annis is to be commended for his bravery and calm demeanor during a potentially dangerous encounter while apprehending an auto theft suspect.