MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) – Five men between the ages of 17 and 21 are facing charges in connection with a terrorizing home invasion in Mount Clemens.
“This is really kind of an incident that’s out of the ordinary in and around this area, a daylight home invasion and armed robbery,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “Obviously, it was a terrorizing event.”READ MORE: Some Michigan Residents Now Have To Dial 10-Digit Numbers
The incident unfolded around 6 p.m. last Saturday after police received a 911 call from a home on Canfield Drive just west of Gratiot Avenue. The caller, a 38-year-old woman, told police that four masked men entered her home through a side door and announced a robbery — two were armed with knives and two had handguns.
One of the suspects allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat and demanded money. She was then forced upstairs, according to police, where the assailants told her to show them the money or she would be shot. The woman told police she gave the suspects the money from her wallet and she was pushed face-down onto a bed.
Listen to the 911 Call: Victims Describe Home Invasion
Five other people who were inside the home at the time were also accosted by the intruders and forced to the floor at gunpoint, police said. The suspects then allegedly took several items, including computers, cellphones, iPods, two Sony PlayStations and cash, before fleeing the scene.
Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies were converging on the neighborhood when one of the deputies located a gray Pontiac Grand Prix travelling southbound on Gratiot from Canfield. The vehicle was occupied by five men who matched the description of the suspects from the robbery, police said.
Police followed the vehicle as it turned onto Henry B Joy Boulevard, and a traffic stop was initiated near Clochester Street.
“Deputies were able to see items in the car that matched the description of things that were reportedly taken in the robbery,” police said in a statement. At that time, all five men were taken into custody without incident.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
Investigators prepared a search warrant and subsequently recovered all of the stolen items from the suspects’ vehicle. Police also recovered a loaded silver and black .38 caliber Ruger revolver and an airsoft gun, along with a folding knife and a box cutter. The Ruger handgun was subsequently determined to be stolen, police said.
On Tuesday, the five suspects were video-arraigned in the 41B District Court of Clinton Township: 21-year-old Chevas Walker Jr., of Kalamazoo; 19-year-old Jesse Stevens, of Mount Clemens.; 18-year-old Channor Lewis, of Clinton Township; 18-year-old Joshua Mills, of Clinton Township; and 17-year-old Dwayne Rasberry Jr., of Clinton Township.
Stevens, Lewis, Mills and Rasberry were charged with armed robbery, first degree home invasion and unlawful imprisonment.
Walker was charged with armed robbery and first degree home invasion. Police say Walker was not charged with unlawful imprisonment like the rest of his accomplices because he was the getaway driver.
All five remain in the Macomb County Jail on $100,000 bonds. They’re due back in court on August 10.
Wickersham said thankfully, none of the victims were physically injured. It’s not yet clear if they were targeted by the suspects, or if this was a random crime.
“One of the key aspects, is there a connection between the suspects and the individuals in the home? There’s a small bit of information that somebody in that home may have known one or all of the individuals, but that’s still part of the investigation,” he said. “We’re also checking out our other partners in law enforcement to see if there are any other home invasions that kind of fit this description.”MORE NEWS: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
If convicted as charged, the suspects all face up to life in prison.