Multiple people arrested after X-Train crackdown in Kalamazoo

An overnight crackdown on the X-Train in Kalamazoo lands multiple people behind bars.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Multiple people are behind bars after a crackdown on the X-Train leads to a wild scene early Sunday in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Safety tells us they got a number of calls from concerned residents around 11:45 p.m. Saturday night from the 100 to 300 blocks of North Sage Street. Callers say the X-Train had taken over the parking lot, creating excessive noise and blocking parking spaces for residents.

The X-Train has been plaguing the Kalamazoo residents for several years. Large groups of drivers go cruising throughout neighborhoods late at night, disturbing the peace with illegal activity and destroying property.

A team of officers took action Saturday night, breaking up the rowdy crowd for several hours. Police tell us more than 20 citations were issued, and seven vehicles were towed.

A stolen vehicle was recovered in the 1700 block of Union and the driver was arrested on several felony charges.

While officers were trying to contact a vehicle at Ada and Westnedge, KDPS tells us the driver immediately drove directly toward an officer, forcing the officer to jump out of the way. It then led to a brief chase ending in the 600 block of Elm Street. Officers say someone inside the car was in possession of a .38 caliber revolver and illegal drugs. A 37-year-old Kalamazoo resident was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.

Several other people involved with the X-Train were arrested on outstanding warrants, narcotics violations and driving offenses.

Newschannel 3’s Eric Paree spoke with local law enforcement as they continue to crack down on this growing problem.

Trash and debris are the only remaining traces of evidence for another night of mayhem caused by the infamous X-Train in Kalamazoo. Hundreds of people gathering in parking lots and driving in cars, while drinking, doing drugs, and disturbing the peace.

Michael Smith, X-Train witness, said, “We had heard a bunch of loud noise going on, and it sounded like the music was right inside our apartment. Even through the hallway it sounded like there was hundreds of people in the hallway.”

The most recent X-Train event happening late Saturday night throughout several Kalamazoo neighborhoods. Over 20 citations were issued and several arrests were made as a result of illegal firearms, narcotics, a stolen vehicle, and a car chase. Some residents were left questioning their safety.

Smith said, “It was kind of scary because I didn’t know what was going on out there. I had heard, someone told me it was a party, and I said, ‘Well okay, it’s got to be an out of control party.’”

This growing issue has also caught the attention of local law enforcement as they continue to crack down on the X-Train. For Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the biggest challenge is containing the party as it moves from one location to another.

KDPS Sgt. Michael Skurski said, “It’s a combination of dealing with their mobility and a combination of being able to handle other calls for service and being able to deal with this at the same time.”

As KDPS continues to step up patrols throughout Kalamazoo to combat this issue, they understand that safety and peace of mind for local residents is the main objective.

Skurski said, “It’s a quality of live issue for the people in these neighborhoods, so it’s extremely important to us to deal with it.”

Kalamazoo Public Safety is reminding residents they are continuing their crackdown on the X-Train throughout the neighborhoods of Kalamazoo. If this activity is happening in your neighborhood, they ask you call police.

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