Crime blotter: Milwaukee's best
class=img_thumbleft>On August 4 at approximately 7:15 p.m. a person identified in court records only as JW was driving a Pontiac Sunfire eastbound on Highway 55. Near the intersection of Highway 149 the driver noticed a white Cadillac El Dorado approaching from behind at a high rate of speed. According to a criminal complaint subsequently filed in Dakota County District Court, the Cadillac proceeded to bump the Pontiac off the road, causing it to strike a post. The driver of the Cadillac then allegedly fled the scene in the vehicle. The Eagan Police Department was summoned.
At 7:24 that same evening a woman identified only as PLS in court records was backing out of her driveway in Eagan. She noticed a white Cadillac weaving back and forth as it traversed the road in front of her residence. The Cadillac came to a halt in front of her driveway, blocking PLS's car. A man, subsequently identified as Jose Alberto Marcelo-Gomez, then exited the Cadillac. He was wearing shorts, but no shirt and began gesturing at PLS in a manner that she deemed threatening, demanding that she give him money. Marcelo-Gomez appeared to be extremely intoxicated. When he attempted to get into her vehicle PLS hit the horn. She then drove onto the lawn, around her antagonist, and out into the street. Marcelo-Gomez allegedly kicked the vehicle as it drove off, then followed in the Cadillac.
PLS managed to flag down a passing car and have the passengers call 911. At this the Cadillac took off, driving into the open garage of a nearby residence. A woman was at home with her three children. She assumed that the noise in the garage was her husband coming home from work. When police arrived at the scene they discovered the Cadillac still running, blasting classical music. Marcelo-Gomez, still shirtless, was found sprawled across the front seat. When asked if he was okay, he allegedly responded "fuck you." Marcelo-Gomez was eventually arrested.
On Monday he was charged with four crimes stemming from the incident: attempted theft, burglary, driving while impaired, and leaving the scene of an accident. According to records maintained by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the 25-year-old Milwaukee resident has no prior criminal history in this state.
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