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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month


March 2016 - Detective Kristie Gruenwald

Detective Kristie Gruenwald
Detective Kristie Gruenwald

The Novi Public Safety Administration would like to extend their appreciation and congratulations to Detective Kristie Gruenwald on her nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – March 2016. Detective Gruenwald was nominated by Detective Sergeant Scott Baetens and selected by the Implementation Committee for her attention to detail and exhaustive follow-up after a suspect fled the scene of a traffic stop, injuring a fellow officer.

On Monday, March 7, 2016 at approximately 2:13am, Officer Snell initiated a traffic stop for disobeying a traffic signal in the area of northbound Haggerty Road, north of 8 Mile Road.  This incident resulted in the driver reentering her vehicle and fleeing from the scene.  Officer Snell grabbed the woman’s arm and ran with the vehicle before eventually letting go resulting in minor injury as he fell to the ground.

Novi Police Investigators then presented their findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office who issued the following charges against driver Chantell Lashay Sturdivant:

  • 1 count of Resist and Obstruct, 4 year felony
  • 1 count of Flee and Elude 4th degree, 2 year felony
  • DWLS second or subsequent offense
  • Reckless Driving

Since the initial occurrence, Detective Gruenwald worked countless hours exclusively on this incident involving the Prosecutor’s Office warrant and extradition divisions, and the United States Marshals fugitive apprehension team.  Detective Gruenwald routinely took phone calls throughout the evening from agents and family members of Sturdivant, and met with task force personnel, and assisted with search warrants during the day in an effort to locate this wanted felon.

During the morning of March 11th, Chantell Sturdivant was taken into custody in Cobb County, Georgia by the United States Marshals Service, South East Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF). Sturdivant was located inside a hotel room, rented in an alias name and in possession of fraudulent identifications, several cellular phones, and a large amount of currency. Detective Gruenwald also led the team to extradite Sturdivant back to the State of Michigan to face her criminal charges.

As a direct result of Detective Gruenwald’s investigation with the United States Marshals service, this violent offender was located several states away, fleeing Michigan to avoid prosecution.  Her unyielding follow-up, fortitude, and accessibility resulted in the capture of a fugitive on the run four (4) days after injuring one of our officers.




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