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Posted on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Man accused of breaking into apartment, raping sleeping woman in Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher


Marcus Dwayne Wilson

Courtesy of Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

An Ann Arbor man is being held on a $125,000 bond on charges related to two home invasions, including one in which he is accused of breaking into a home and raping a woman who was asleep in her bed.

Marcus Dewayne Wilson, 18, is facing one charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one charge of first-degree home invasion and one charge of second degree home invasion.

Police said Wilson broke into an apartment in the 1200 block of Oakland Avenue July 3 of this year and raped a woman who was home alone, sleeping in her bed.

“This is an especially heinous crime,” said Dan Iverson, the detective from the Ann Arbor Police Department who investigated the incident.

The July incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m., according to a police statement released by Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes Thursday. The woman Wilson is accused of raping was the only person who lived in the apartment and was sleeping in her bed during the break-in, police said.

The statement alleges Wilson “used force to overcome the victim’s resistance and sexually assaulted her” before fleeing on foot. Wilson and the woman were total strangers, police said.

"This was a nightmarish ... crime," Pfannes said.

The incident resulted in the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety sending out a crime alert after it was reported.

Initial reports from police indicated a witness stopped the assault. The statement released Thursday made no mention of such an intervention.

After he was assigned the case, Iverson noticed similarities between the July 3 home invasion and another one on June 19 in the 700 block of South Forest Avenue. The home invasion in June did not result in anyone being assaulted, but Wilson is accused of entering the residence with the intent to commit a larceny.

Officer Rob Schneider assisted in the investigation by collecting evidence that eventually identified Wilson as a possible suspect. Iverson and Detectives Dave Monroe and Gerald Tacey “were able to definitively tie Wilson into the home invasion/sexual assault,” according to the statement.

Wilson was located at the Washtenaw County Jail, where he is serving jail time after being sentenced in August for unlawfully driving away an automobile. According to state records, Wilson was going to be discharged from state supervision in August 2014.

During his arraignment in front of Magistrate Thomas Truesdell Thursday, Wilson didn’t say much, only answering yes or no to Truesdell’s questions. Wilson lived with his family, is single and has no children, he said.

Truesdell appointed the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office to represent him.

Iverson asked for a $100,000 cash bond for the July 3 incident. Truesdell granted that request and added a $25,000 bond for the June 19 incident. Iverson said Wilson, despite the fact that he’s currently staying at the jail and has been cooperative during the investigation, could flee the area in the face of the new charges.

“He’s been cooperative,” Iverson said. “We believe he is a flight risk because it is a capital crime.”

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sun, Oct 21, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

no trial for him.just cut it off so he will never be able to do it again.


Mon, Oct 8, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

I'm not going to believe anything anymore. I knew this kid, we grew up together. Same school. Same neighborhood. Sometimes we even had the same classes. He never seemed to be the type of person to ever do something so wrong. There are always more sides to a story. I know this kid and his family, and I'm not going to believe anything just yet.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:20 a.m.

Trust me, he's guilty. DNA doesn't lie. Full confession with only details the criminal in question would know. He's been given the punishment he deserves.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

It is interesting that this article already has a young, African American man convicted of the crime. Aren't we ALL innocent until proven guilty? Also, why is the reporting only one-sided? Where are the interviews with the family or friends of the alleged criminal. We all want justice for the victim who suffered such a brutal and unforgivable crime, but this story is sensationalist and not the mark of a true journalist.

Michigan Man

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 2:39 p.m.

What kind of family life/values did this alleged perp have? Where are his mother and father? What was he taught by his family. The decline in the traditional family system is, of course, at the root of this problem. Everyone with even a small brain knows this.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

How do know? You have made a whole lot of assumptions here. Based upon what?

Paul Wiener

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

Why such low bail?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

NPB...No Plea Bargain. This needs to go to trial for a taste of the full rigor of the law.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

How have they linked these two crimes together... it says in the first article that they were not able to provide a visual description of the person who broke in.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

Good questions. Shouldn't a good eporter answer this?


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns. I feel safer already.

music to my ear

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

thank GOD you don't live in the "D" talk about fright. some of them people are turning to be shut-ins and they are only 11 years old,they are afraid of their own neigbor(hood). no where is safe anymore peace a thing of the past.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

This happened over three months ago and it just now makes the "news"?!?!?!? That is just wrong and irresponsible. I'm guessing there was no room for the story with all the "Ann Arbor makes the top ten in..." stories!


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 1:11 a.m.

OK Kyle, you got me there....pulling foot out of mouth...

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

Major- There is a link in the first sentence of the story showing our initial report on this incident. The full story wasn't available at the time, I received more information and published this follow up yesterday.

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

For those commenting on Detective Iverson's usage of "capital crime," he did use the term correctly. Here in Michigan, crimes punishable by life in prison - as first-degree criminal sexual conduct is - are considered Capital Felonies. Here is a link to a PDF with that definition:

Chase Ingersoll

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 12:34 p.m.

These are precisely the sort of crimes that are diminished by concealed carry. Unfortunately Ann Arbor and college campus towns do not have the highest percentage of carriers. Make Concealed Carry 101 a first semester required course for all women, and let the word out to all would be rapists.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

Woman has gun. She's fast asleep in her locked home. Monster enters, quietly goes to her bed, jumps her. Oh, a gun, says he. Bang bang. Who wins? Do you think women actually sleep sitting up in bed with a handgun loaded and cocked and the safety off, just in case this happens. Think, okay?

Chase Ingersoll

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

Many women need encouragement, including a structured class and the comradship of other women to feel comfortable with the thought of handling, purchasing and having to use a weapon. I've got a son and two daughters. While my son would be cavalier about a gun, like most boys, girls seem naturally circumspect about them and I think they would use them judiciously. There are just so many situations that young women have never experienced before going to college (walking alone in the dark, living alone, living in a densely populated - transitional neighborhood) and especially a large one that a self defense course should be a "right of passage" event or gift when they leave home.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:16 p.m.

A person can own a handgun and keep it in their home without needing a "concealed carry" permit. This is precisely the type of crime that has nothing to do with concealed carry, regardless of your position for or against.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

"I cant believe people like you exist..." So, it's better for women (especially those living alone) to hide their heads in the sand? Or take the stance that will never happen to them? Good advice..


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

I cant believe people like you exist...


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 4:48 a.m.

"The incident resulted in the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety sending out a crime alert after it was reported." -- The UMDPS is becoming a very expensive joke. Crime alert: as in, "Oh, Really?" " Iverson said. "We believe he is a flight risk because it is a capital crime." -- yeah, like we need more detectives like "Sherlock" Dan Iverson. He must think he's on the force in Texas (a state where capital punishment is still accepted, Dan). Well, I guess I'd better find other things to do. All that's going on here is a lot of "what are they going to do to help us against violent criminals" wailing - as per custom. In a way, it would be fun to see what would happen if the city just laid off all their law enforcement people for a month. What a racket of woe and wailing there'd be... for about the first week. People would figure out what to do - in about that amount of time.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

They are required by law to send out the crime alert. Its better to know the facts rather than spout nonsense because you end up sounding like an idiot. On one hand you rant about people taking responsibility for their own safety but then you blame a police department that doesn't even have jurisdiction where the crime happened. Something tells me you wouldn't last too long in an environment with violent criminals.

Maximilian Killough

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 4:31 a.m.

He went to Skyline High School with me. I lent him a pencil!


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:25 p.m.

Did he give it back?


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

I feel ya man...

music to my ear

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.



Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 3:51 a.m.

Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife...

Jack Campbell

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 3:51 a.m.

To all those saying A2 is unsafe: IT IS one of the only safe places to live, and one of the only places in SE MI that hasn't gone completely into the crapper. If you thin A2 is more dangerous than metro Detroit you need to get your head checked. The problem is we are a target for thugs and our mayor and judicial system wont lift a finger to stop it.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 3:13 a.m.

Please take me back to the late 60's and early 70's when I grew up. Much, much less of crime happening. Honestly, wish I grew up in the 30's or 40's.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

There wasn't less crime, just no 24hr news cycle with all details of every crime in the country reported to you constantly.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 4:18 a.m.

I think you're dreaming: you should ask Marcus Wilson when his parents and grandparents grew up. The late sixties??!! Eh, rioting and violent demonstrations were at a high point. The Viet Nam War was at least 5 years from it's end. I got my first CPL in 1967 - just in time for the 1967 Detroit Riots. Yep: you're dreaming.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 1:53 a.m.

I knew him. He graduated from my school last year. And honestly I would have NEVER guessed. We've talked plenty of times (last year when he was a senior) and he was a typically funny guy. It just goes to show that you never really do know someone.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

Or maybe you do. He hasn't been convicted.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.

Is Ann Arbor still a safe city to live in Michigan? Sleeping beauty was raped; co-worked was shot to die.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:16 p.m.

Ann Arbor is extremely safe.. Have you ever heard of a city which has no crime??

music to my ear

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 9:50 p.m.

what is wrong with these young men, do they figure they are already in trouble. might as well offend to the fullest. this young man will go away for a very long time,a woman cannot even sleep ,in her own bed,my heart goes out to her I can imagine her fear then, and maybe perhaps the rest of her life.

Silly Sally

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 12:45 a.m.

"Men" How about wild animals, sort of like a jackal. I don't think that this person is a man. He is a piece of garbage that needs to be tossed away, forever. In her own bed? Send him to Texas. They know what to do with him. Or, Iran or give him to the Saudis... Yea. But please, not a liberal judge that will let him go to be a repeat offender. Send him to Texas.


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

"We believe he is a flight risk because it is a capital crime." Not to question the good detective or anything, but Michigan doesn't have the death penalty, so by definition, there are no capital crimes in this state.

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 12:42 p.m.

YpsiLivin: Please see the comment I posted at the bottom of this story regarding Michigan's definition of a Capital Felony.


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

This is no good. That is not just "way too close" to campus, it's quite literally on campus. Justice, once delivered in this case, should be decisive and overwhelmingly applied. For our own sake, the rapist should never be allowed to set foot in civil society again.

Steven Taylor

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 1:10 a.m.

Technically, the U owns a good portion of the city property.. Yer never more than a few hundred yards from some portion of the 'campus' So yer never really 'off' while yer within A2 city limits. It's why the city shat a brick when Pfizer departed from north campus because they could reel in tax dollars from Pfizer... Now that the U has plans to obtain most if not all the buildings. it's more property off the tax rolls against the city of A2.


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

Ann Arbor can be a scary place, why somny people in Ann Abor keep dors open?

Michigan Man

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

Quality of life really trending downward in A2. You can see it and feel it the minute you hit city limits.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

Problem with your keyboard?


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.


Julie Baker

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Thanks, that issue is fixed.


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:28 p.m.

...or, more likely, </a>


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:18 p.m.

The original story indicates an attempted assault that was thwarted by a witness... was that not the case?


Thu, Oct 4, 2012 : 7:19 p.m.

Ah... read the whole article first, dummy! Sorry, I see the reference in today's story.