Royal Oak Police Blotter, May 22-29

A 50-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder in the death of his mother, who called police and said her son was trying to blow up her house.

Royal Oak police made 27 arrests May 22-29. (Patch file photo)
Royal Oak police made 27 arrests May 22-29. (Patch file photo)

The Royal Oak Police Department reports the following:

Home Invasion

2500 block of Barrrett, 5-26-14, 1:47 a.m.: Complainant reported he was in his bedroom when he heard unusual snapping sounds coming from the rear door. When he went to investigate, he saw a subject standing outside the door. When the suspect saw the complainant, he jumped off the rear deck and fled westbound.

Officers quickly responded to the scene, set up a perimeter and requested a K-9 officer. A Madison Heights K-9 officer arrived and tracked the suspect to the 2400 block of Rowland where the K-9 lost the scent.

The suspect was described as a white male, mid 20’s, wearing all black clothing and a black knit cap. 14-16705

Larceny from Automobile

3601 W. Thirteen Mile (William Beaumont Hospital), 5-25-14, 5:48 p.m.: Complainant reported she parked her vehicle in the south parking structure. When she returned she discovered an unknown suspect had entered her unlocked vehicle and stole miscellaneous prescription medications and CD’s. 14-16649

Malicious Destruction of Property

100 block of E. Thirteen Mile, 5-25-14, 4:56 a.m.: Officers responded to a Breaking and Entering in progress. The homeowner heard a loud noise in front of his residence and observed a subject standing out front. Officers arrived quickly, observed the subject in the driveway and took him into custody. Further investigation revealed the intoxicated subject damaged a “for sale” sign in the front yard. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. 14-16599

410 S. Main (Burgerz), 5-24-14, 4-11 p.m.: Complainant reported an unknown suspect damaged an art piece by breaking it off of its base. The property was recovered in a flower bed at Fourth and Main. 14-16596

100 block of Allenhurst, 5-24-14, 3:42 a.m.: Complainant reported he heard a loud crash in the front room of his home. He discovered an unknown suspect had broken out his front window with an unknown object. 14-16452  

1200 block of N. Washington, 5-24-14, 2:39 a.m.: Complainant reported he was woken up by the sound of someone banging on his apartment door and called the police. Officers arrived and found a subject standing in the hallway. Further investigation revealed the suspect was intoxicated and damaged the door. He was arrested for Malicious Destruction of Property. 14-16445

3000 block of W. Thirteen Mile, 5-24-14 – 5-27-14, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Complainant reported he parked his vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot. When he returned he discovered an unknown suspect had keyed the driver’s side of his vehicle. 14-16843  

Other Incidents

W. Thirteen Mile and Fairmont, 5-26-14, 3:49 a.m.: Complainant reported he parked in the area of Fairmont and W. Thirteen Mile and got out of his car to smoke a cigarette. A female subject approached him and they engaged in idle conversation. While they were talking she pulled out a knife, robbed him and fled eastbound on Thirteen Mile. The complainant drove to a local convenience store and called the police to report the incident.

The suspect was described as white female, blond hair, wearing a multi colored shirt and black shorts. 14-16711

Homicide Investigation

The Royal Oak Police Department is investigating the death of Maxine Hadley, a 69-year-old Royal Oak resident. Ms. Hadley called the Royal Oak Police Department on May 23, 2014, at 1 a.m., to report a family trouble. Ms. Hadley stated her son was attempting to blow up the house. Responding officers found the house in flames and officers attempted to gain entry into the home, but were forced back by the heat and smoke. Royal Oak Fire Department personnel were able to gain entry and found Ms. Hadley in the basement, deceased.

The victim’s son, a 50-year-old Royal Oak resident, was arrested at the scene. The suspect was transported to the hospital for treatment on burns to his legs. At the time of his arrest the suspect was attempting to put out the house fire with a garden house.

This incident is being handled as a homicide investigation. The fire appears to have started in the basement and there are also reports of a possible explosion inside the home.

No other injuries were reported and adjacent residences were not damaged by the fire.

The Royal Oak Police Criminal Investigations Division, in conjunction with the Oakland County Fire Investigation Unit and Royal Oak Fire Department, are investigating the incident.

For further information please contact Royal Oak Police Lieutenant David Clemens at (248) 246-3456.

Homicide Investigation Update

Timothy Beetschen was charged with one (1) count of Open Murder and one (1) count of First Degree Arson. Both charges carry a life sentence.

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:45 p.m., Beetschen was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Derek Meinecke from the 44th District Court. His bond request was denied. His next scheduled court date is set for June 6, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the 44th District Court before the presiding Judge. Timothy Donald Beetschen 1-1-1964


  • One (1) Homicide, Arson
  • Four (4) Felony Warrant
  • Two (2) Misdemeanor Warrant
  • Two (2) Domestic Assault and Battery
  • One (1) Parole Absconder
  • One (1) Probation Violation
  • One (1) Retail Fraud III
  • One (1) Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug
  • Paraphernalia
  • Three (3) Driving While License Suspended
  • Two (2) Driving While License Suspended, Misdemeanor Warrants
  • One (1) Obstructing a Police Officer, Misdemeanor Warrants
  • Three (3) Public Intoxication
  • Two (2) Disorderly Conduct
  • One (1) Urinating in Public
  • One (1) Malicious Destruction of Property
  • One (1) Trespassing, Possession of Open Intoxicants, Misdemeanor Warrants

Total Arrests: 27


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