Keen observations by bicycle patrol officers led to the arrest of an armed suspect.
On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 8:55 p.m., District 7 Officers Joseph Baltutis and Joseph Zawikowski and Sgt. Chris Quinlan were on bicycle patrol heading eastbound in the 5000 block of W. Center St. This area has seen an increase in violent crimes, including an officer involved shooting that occurred in the 2600 block of N. 49th St. recently. Officers spotted two subjects, one later identified as Tramon L. Bean saw officers approaching on the bikes and quickly turned away and began to run. Officer Zawikowski and Sgt. Quinlan followed the second subject and took him into custody. Bean continued to run as he was holding his right arm against his waistband.
Officer Baltutis began to chase Bean and he yelled several verbal commands to stop. Bean then continued to run crossing W. Hadley St. and running into the front yard in the 2800 block of N. 50th St. Officer Baltutis then dismounted his bike and approached Bean on foot ordering him to show him his hands and get down on the ground at gunpoint. Bean then quickly reached toward the side of his waistband and threw a silver and black semi-auto handgun down onto the ground. Bean then ran but Officer Baltutis chased him and took him into custody after a brief struggle.
The officers recovered a loaded handgun and marijuana that Bean had on his person.
Bean was charged with; Carrying a Concealed Weapon - Gun, Possession of a Controlled Substance - T.H.C. and Resisting an Officer. This could easily have been an officer-involved shooting, and Officer Baltutis is commended for taking the armed man into custody without incident.