Police officers from Highland Park Police Department responded about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2022 to investigate a suspicious vehicle that was backed into the driveway of a home under construction on the 100 block of Roger Williams Avenue in Highland Park near Roger Williams Avenue. The vehicle was possibly used in a burglary attempt.
Police discovered a black GMC Acadia with opaquely tinted windows that matched the description of a vehicle potentially used in a burglary in a neighboring community. Responding officers observed the vehicle traveling west on Roger Williams Avenue. Highland Park police blocked the vehicle’s path with a police vehicle with emergency lights positioned near a parked delivery van, and additional police vehicles.
After several minutes of refusing to comply with commands from police, the driver attempted to drive around the blockade and wedged the vehicle between the parked delivery van and a bridge guard rail over a ravine.
Police officers continued attempts to engage with individuals in the vehicle to gain compliance in the situation; however, the subjects refused to comply with officers’ commands for more than 15 minutes. Because officers could not see into the vehicle and because individuals inside refused to comply, additional officers were called to the scene, including police officers from neighboring jurisdictions.
Eventually, seven occupants in the black GMC Acadia were detained for questioning without incident. Evidence was collected. Further investigation is underway with other investigators from nearby police jurisdictions. In addition, Highland Park police contacted homeowners in a two-block radius of the incident to request information related to the incident and answer questions regarding the police response.
The report of a suspicious vehicle precipitated this law enforcement activity, which underscores the critical role of community awareness in crime prevention, according to the Highland Park Police Department.
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