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Portage PD: SWAT team arrests suspect in string of burglaries

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Two Portage residents were arrested on charges of having an active warrant and battery to law enforcement Friday by the Portage Police SWAT team, Portage Police said.

According to police at 8:47 a.m. James Rach, 22, of 6840 Mercedes Avenue, was served a C-Felony forgery warrant one week after becoming a suspect in numerous burglaries throughout Portage.

As he was taken into custody, Rach’s mother Tammy Rach, 46, of 6840 Mercedes Avenue, battered one of the SWAT officers and was subsequently charged with battery and resisting arrest, police said.

Possible burglary charges against James Rach are being worked on by the County Prosecutor’s office and another Portage resident tied to the burglaries who was arrested earlier last week on a charge of possessing a hypodermic needle, police said.

PPD Chief Troy Williams stated on Friday, “The combined work of our detectives, patrol officers and SWAT Team shows our residents that we will aggressively pursue those that seek to commit crimes in our great community. We will absolutely not stand for anyone looking to do us harm or disrupt our quality of life.”






Posted 4/30/2013