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Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 : 10:10 a.m.

Break-in suspect who led police on chase through river was released from jail for free in February

By Kyle Feldscher


Daniel Campbell

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Ann Arbor resident Daniel Campbell was charged with three felonies Wednesday, a little more than five months after he was released from the Washtenaw County Jail on a promise to appear.

Campbell, 36, was arrested by Ann Arbor police officers after a chase through the Huron River Monday, and it wasn’t the first time officers had him in cuffs on suspicion of breaking into a residence. On Feb. 2, Campbell was arrested on suspicion of breaking into an apartment in the 100 block of North State Street, police said.

Court records show Campbell was arraigned on a charge of second-degree home invasion on Feb. 3 and Magistrate Thomas Truesdell gave him a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

A personal recognizance bond allows someone charged with a crime to leave jail without paying any money on the promise he will show up for all subsequent court hearings. If that person doesn’t show up, he or she is on the hook for the monetary amount associated with the bond, in Campbell’s case that’s $10,000.

Records show a bond violation was reported on Feb. 10, and on Feb. 16, the day of a scheduled preliminary exam, Campbell was nowhere to be found. A bench warrant was issued for him and a $25,000 cash or surety bond was issued in his absence, according to records.

Campbell was arraigned on the bench warrant at the same time as the charges of first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer stemming from Monday’s arrest. If Campbell wants to leave the Washtenaw County Jail, he’ll have to pay a $25,000 bond for the February arrest and a $50,000 bond for Monday’s arrest, records show.

Police were dispatched at 2:21 p.m. Monday to the 700 block of Kingsley Street, where a man reported Campbell broke into his apartment and posed as a maintenance worker when the man confronted him, according to police.

Campbell allegedly fled the area after being told to leave the house, but an officer saw him leaving through the front door of a home in the 1000 block of Fuller Street a short time later. When he noticed an officer coming toward the home, Campbell took off toward the Huron River, eventually going through the river to a footpath on the other side, where he was arrested by other Ann Arbor officers, police said.

Campbell allegedly dropped a blue bag and a black backpack during the chase. Recovered from the bags were laptops, electronics, checks and cash.

Both Lee and Schneider went into the river while pursuing Campbell.

Campbell will be back in court for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. May 24, according to court records.

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



Fri, May 18, 2012 : 8:14 p.m.

That is a nice shade of blue on him...


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

If another judge lets him go that judge should be charger with neglect of duty or impersonating someone with common sense!!


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

i guess the county should call in DOG the bounty hunter.


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

DAWG lol


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

"A personal recognizance bond allows someone charged with a crime to leave jail without paying any money on the promise he will show up for all subsequent court hearings. If that person doesn't show up, he or she is on the hook for the monetary amount associated with the bond, in Campbell's case that's $10,000." This worked so well. How ridiculous is this kind of arrangement. Thugs do not "keep their promises." Washtenaw County needs to get MUCH tougher on these thugs and lock them up!! And don't give them any breaks! Throw out Truesdell, along with Melinda Morris.


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 8:37 a.m.

I see a lot of comments about the state of the county judicial system and judges. Do you Ann Arborites realize YOU are the root cause of the problem. You keep electing and reflecting the same people or at least people with the same mind-set. I have some fond memories of the time I resided in Ann Arbor, but I found the residents generally overly liberal and quite naive about human nature. I think some Ann Arborites (faculty types mostly) feel that some crime in their neighborhoods is a sort of penance for being relatively well-off ... as long as no one gets hurt.


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

Did you really just say that? LOL...

Linda Peck

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

This just proves my constant point about the Washtenaw Circuit Court needing to step up to the plate and do the righteous and needful. This man was allowed to go completely free and he did just that. Why would the court expect him to return? He would have had no motive to do that.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:45 p.m.

Guess he never made it to Grandma's house


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

Washtenaw County Judicial System ... hard at work. Perhaps another slap on the wrist and off he goes to continue on.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

Washtenaw County Law enforcement including the prosecutor's office are disgusted by Truesdell. He has a long history of setting criminals free and extremely low bonds for violent crime. The dirty little secret in Washtenaw area political circles is that repeat offenders aren't the fault of the community or law enforement they are the fault of judges with no backbone and a political agenda. Truesdell should be fired and barred from any further judicial work for the rest of his life.

Ron Granger

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

If only we could connect a generator to the revolving door of the Washtenaw jail - at least we'd solve our electricity problem. But then someone would steal the generator on the way out.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

The point of the story, of course, is that we need to treat suspects as convicts and lock them up quick, before crossing the T's and so forth with a trial. We are going to need much bigger jails, and it would probably behoove us to delay scheduling any executions until after we are sure, pretty much.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

I'm glad they caught this repeat offender. No more promises, please, for these people who are breaking into homes. Kyle, I heard on Local 4 at 6 AM there was a robbery here in A2. A 24-year old was asleep in his car, in front of his home, and was robbed of cash & cell phone. Do you have any info on that? I wasn't quite awake when I heard the story; where did that happen?

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

Very strange. I'll keep looking into it. Lt. Baird is unavailable at the moment - there's been a crash involving an AAPD cruiser that they're responding to right now and we should have a story on shortly - but I'll try again in a bit.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

Kyle, I just spoke on the phone with Local 4 News. I wasn't dreaming; I was questioning myself, however. They verified the story just before 6 AM with police, and it happened around midnight, on Louise. The information is how I remembered it; I just couldn't remember the street. They reported it was in Ann Arbor.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 4 p.m.

Thanks, Kyle. I couldn't find anything in print, or on clickondetroit, either. It was the first story on Local 4, and I had just woke up. I remember many details, and I thought they said A2, but couldn't remember the street name, which is why I asked. They said he was sleeping in his car, in front of his parents' home because he didn't want to wake anyone up. Someone opened the car door, and robbed him of cash & phone. I thought they mentioned he had a knife in hand. I know I wasn't dreaming. Did anyone else hear this story? Perhaps it wasn't A2, but it was the first story on the news at 6 AM. Very strange, thanks for checking.

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

I've called UMDPS, Ypsi police, Pittsfield Township police and Saline police and none of those departments reported a robbery last night/early this morning. I'll keep checking, but so far haven't found anything.

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:30 p.m.

DNB- Just spoke to Lt. Jim Baird at the AAPD. He said there was nothing reported to Ann Arbor police about a robbery, so I'm not sure exactly where this might have been. I'll check with other local agencies and see if there's been anything reported to them about it. Thanks for the question, I'll get back to you when I find out what's going on.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

so how many times do we let a criminal violate citizens before they can be permanently removed from the equation? ah yes, that would be nice


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

I suppose that bleeding hearts think it is more practicle to have society held hostage by the same ol offenders

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Bunny...are you calling for the death sentence or life sentence without chance of parole for breaking into an apartment and stealing stuff? Seems like that would mean major slaughter or many, many, many more prisons. Sounds interesting, but is it practical?


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:37 p.m.

I can't understand why he doesn't take the law seriously...


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

He can assume that he probably won't be let go on personal recognizance this time around.

Haran Rashes

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

Is this person a suspect in the rash of break-ins that have taken place on the Northeast side of town during the last few months?