District 5 Officers Kurt Ziarnik and Joe Saric are assigned to the Summer Policing Initiative, building community partnerships, and walking a beat in their assigned area, Garden Homes. In the time they have been in that area, they have learned extremely useful information about the neighborhood and the goings on, particularly as it relates to violent crime.
On July 20, 2012, Officers Ziarnik and Saric were assigned to their beat and were joined by Officer Jose Ramirez, normally assigned to the Hillside neighborhood. At approximately 6:40 p.m., they were flagged down by an anonymous citizen who provided them detailed information about a subject with a gun in the 4400 block of N. 27th Street. The officers encountered this individual and conducted a field interview and a pat down search. At this time, the subject was not armed and was released from the scene with instructions not to loiter.
The officers remained dogged in their investigation, however, and left the area, only to surreptitiously return and saw the subject now seated on a porch on the same block. The home had a visible “no trespassing” sign and the occupant informed the officers that she did not know the subject, did not give him consent to sit on her porch, and she wanted him removed from the location.
The officers again approached the suspect and placed him into custody for trespassing. During a search incident to arrest, the officers recovered a .32 caliber pistol in his right front pants pocket. Although the suspect was not a felon, the officers were able to take a gun off the street.
This is an exceptional example of the officers building relationships in a neighborhood to obtain information and make a weapons arrest.