NEW BOSTON, MI – On Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 3:55 a.m., The Huron Township Police Department was dispatched to the 20400 block of Gentz Road for a report of a suspicious situation.
A resident reported that he observed multiple individuals “messing” with a vehicle at his neighbor’s residence. Officer’s quickly responded to the address and the suspect’s fled the area on foot through the woods prior to being able to steal the vehicle or its contents. The original caller then observed a vehicle in his driveway that did not belong to him. The vehicle was a 2015 Dodge Ram Truck that was reported stolen out of Macomb County on March 28th, 2016. A hydraulic floor jack was recovered from the Dodge Ram.
Prior to the original call, the suspect’s stole a Cadillac Escalade from a resident in the 20500 block of Gentz Road. That vehicle was recovered across the street from the original caller. It was the vehicle that he observed being ransacked. The passenger side window of the vehicle was broken.
As officers were investigating the original call, a resident in the 19200 block of Savage Road called to report a vehicle theft in progress (this is approximately ½ mile west of the original location). The residents in the 19200 block of Savage Road observed their vehicle being stolen and were able to follow their vehicle. Huron Township Dispatch were able to keep the victims on the phone and update responding officers on the location of the suspects. Based on that information that was relayed, officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle and initiate a traffic stop. The two (2) occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident.
They are identified as James Somebody Cross, 30-years-old, of Detroit and Emanuel Odell-Hench Fulks, 37-years-old, also of Detroit.
Further investigation revealed that the suspects were driving throughout the area attempting to steal tires and rims off of vehicles. The suspect’s intention was to steal the tires and rims off of the Cadillac Escalade, but were interrupted by the police response and fled the scene.
Huron Township Police Detectives and Evidence Technicians immediately responded to the scene and were able process several pieces of forensic evidence that assisted with obtaining charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.
“This was a perfect storm that was created by our residents working hand in hand with our Police Department. The residents in this case called us immediately and our officers responded quickly; we can do great things when we work together “
“Our dispatcher really did a great job in relaying the information from the victims to our responding patrol staff.”
“Theft of tires and rims continue to be a huge problem throughout the Metro Detroit area. We believe these individuals could be responsible for several recent thefts in our community. We used every resource available to us to obtain a conviction on these individuals. Our Detective Bureau and Evidence Technicians did an outstanding job responding and following up on this incident and their work will prove essential to the outcome of this investigation.” -Chief Robbins
Based on information from the Michigan Department of Corrections, James Cross was out on probation at the time that these crimes were committed. He was placed on parole in February of 2016. He has previous convictions for:
- Police Officer – Fleeing – Second Degree
- Larceny From a Motor Vehicle
- Police Officer – Fleeing – Third Degree – Vehicle Code
- 5 counts of Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing – Motor Vehicle
- Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct
- Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing – Motor Vehicle
- Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile – Attempt
- Possession Of Burglars Tool
Both James Cross and Emanuel Fulks have been charged with:
Count #1: Motor Vehicle – Unlawful Driving Away; 5-year felony
Count #2: Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing – Motor Vehicle; 5-year felony
Count #3: Stolen Property – Receiving and Concealing – Motor Vehicle; 5-year felony
Count #4: Habitual Offender – Fourth Offense Notice
Both subjects were arraigned and being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $25,000 10% bond