Father-and-son cops arrest suspect in Gualo Rai
The 20-year-old man who allegedly stole a Toyota 4 Runner from a store on Capital Hill last Thursday afternoon also stole a vehicle from a Capital Hill home in June.
According to a police report, an officer arrested Hitler Sem Weilbacher last June 21 at Hopwood Middle School in Chalan Piao, where a stolen Toyota Highlander was recovered and later returned to the owner.
In last Thursday’s case, it was Police Sgt. Arnold Seman Sr. and his son, Police Officer 1 Arnold Seman Jr., who spotted and arrested Weilbacher in Gualo Rai, according to the report prepared by Department of Public Safety highway patrol investigator Norris Kwon.
Weilbacher was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan on Friday for his initial court appearance.
A $15,000 cash bail was imposed. Weilbacher was charged with theft of vehicle and assault and battery.
Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig was appointed as counsel for Weilbacher. Assistant attorney general Jonathan Wilberscheid appeared for the government.
Preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 27 at 1:30pm.
According to Kwon’s report, two Chinese nationals called 911 on Thursday at 12:57pm and reported that their Toyota 4 Runner had been stolen from the Zhan Yu Market on Capital Hill.
Two responding police sergeants reviewed the surveillance footage at the store and learned that the victims entered the store at 12:31pm.
The suspect arrived at the parking lot at 12:34pm, walked around the vehicle, then drove it off after three minutes.
Police identified the suspect as Weilbacher and a lookout bulletin about the stolen vehicle was issued on the police’s radio.
Sgt. Seman Sr. located the stolen 4 Runner at 1:18pm while traveling south on Chalan Pale Arnold Road by the traffic signal light intersection in Gualo Rai.
Sgt. Seman Sr. activated his emergency lights and siren, but the suspect continued traveling south and only stopped along the shoulder lane in front of U Luck Poker across Shell Highway Express Lube and Tire.
After being secured and guided into a police cruiser, Weilbacher allegedly kicked responding officer Seman Jr. in the abdomen.
Kwon said that in his interview that day, Weilbacher admitted to stealing the 4 Runner as well as a Toyota Highlander last June.
Weilbacher also allegedly admitted kicking Seman Jr. in the abdomen and threatened he would kick the officer’s face and steal his vehicle when he gets out of prison.
In the June 21 theft case, Kwon said that a woman called 911 at 11:32am that day and reported that her employer’s silver Toyota Highlander had been stolen from her home on Capital Hill.
A responding police sergeant identified Weilbacher as the suspect.
Later that afternoon, another police officer received information from a teacher that Weilbacher and the stolen vehicle were at Hopwood.
Police arrested the suspect and recovered the stolen Highlander.