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Homeless Man Suspected of Having Mafia Ties Found Passed Out in Trenton Church Bathroom

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

On Jan.11 at about 7:33 p.m., Trenton police were dispatched to Southpointe Church, 5699 Fort St., following reports of a homeless man “going crazy” inside the church bathroom, police said.

The report said, police found the suspect unconscious, sitting on the toilet with his pants down holding a hypodermic needle in his hand.

Police said there was also a beer bottle cap lying between the suspect’s feet that appeared to have drug residue in it.

The officer, who filed the report, said he attempted to wake the man, but was unsuccessful. While dealing with the suspect, the officer observed a large “13” tattoo on the suspect’s chest – a known symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia, the report said.

The Trenton Fire Department had to administer drugs in order to wake the suspect, the report said.  

When the suspect awoke, police were able to identify the homeless man through the FBI's National Crime Information Center as a member of the crime organization, the report said.

The suspect, originally from San Antonio, Texas, was in Michigan with his wife who had recently died.

Ken Tomalak, pastor at Southpointe Church, said the man was a member of ChristNet, an organization of churches that provide temporary overnight emergency shelter, food and other services for the homeless. 

The man was transferred to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center. There were no criminal charges filed at the time of the incident, the report said.  

Calls to ChristNet and the police department were not immediately returned.


Anne January 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Too much repeating "The report said"
Denise Nash January 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM
"Ken Tomalak, pastor at Southpointe Church, said the man was a member of ChristNet, an organization of churches that provide temporary overnight emergency shelter, food and other services for the homeless. " This sentence makes no sense. Is the homeless man a member of an organization of churches? Or is Southpointe a member of that organization, who gave this homeless man a place to stay (very nice of them, sad this is how they were repaid)?
M. P. January 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
According to the article, the man was homeless. Therefore, he was most likely there as a "guest" with the ChristNet group, which according to the article, was being sponsored by Southpointe (various churches take turns doing so). Of course, this is all conjecture based on the report as according to the article.
Denise Nash January 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Sorry, I was just trying to point out that it didn't make sense the way it was worded in the article.
Lynne Gagner January 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Homeless man in mafia? So much for "The Family." (bad humor)

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