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Posted on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Dexter man faces more home invasion charges for total of 10 felonies across 8 cases

By Kyle Feldscher


Steven Colwell

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

A 25-year-old Dexter man is facing warrants for two additional charges of second-degree home invasion for break-ins he allegedly committed in July and August, according to court records.

Steven Colwell faces eight separate home invasion cases for a total of 10 felony charges.

Colwell was originally arrested after a Webster Township break-in on Aug. 9. After that arrest by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Colwell allegedly confessed to many other home invasions in the county, including in the Ann Arbor and Dexter areas.

The latest charges come from break-ins on July 26 and Aug. 9, according to court records. Sgt. Geoffrey Fox, of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, was not immediately available for comment on the circumstances of those break-ins. Colwell had not been arraigned on the charges as of Tuesday morning.

Colwell also is accused of breaking into Ann Arbor homes on July 10, July 12, July 18, July 28 and Aug. 3, court records show.

Colwell is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. His next scheduled court appointment is a pretrial hearing in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, records show.

After he is arraigned on the latest warrant, Colwell will face a total of seven counts of second-degree home invasion, two counts of stealing a financial transaction device and one count of first-degree home invasion.

Two other men were with Colwell when he allegedly broke into the home in the 7000 block of Quail Ridge on Aug. 9. Fox said last week the two men were identified but had not been charged with any crimes in relation to the incident. They are accused of stealing jewelry from the house.

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



Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 5:47 a.m.

I will say that I somewhat know this guy and have played video games with him a couple times. Though I will admit I am not shocked to see him end up arrested, I will also say that this guy is... Stupid to say the least. Whether or not he was misguided - I don't know - but I personally think that stupidity is not a crime.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

He wasn't arrested for stupidity.


Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

This is an individual who has a long history of personal problems, and it isn't due to parent neglect, bullying, failure of the public schools, too much sugar in his diet, or any of the other knee jerk explanations that our culture uses to simplify situations. I'm glad he got caught, but we could use a little compassion here.


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

Steven Taylor: *golf clap*

Laura Jones

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

One can be compassionate in their comments and demeanor without relaxing the consequences for someone's transgressions. When did "feelgoodism" become synonymous with good manners? I believe history shows rather clearly that good manners and consideration for others in difficult times enables a society to function better.

Steven Taylor

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

Compassion rarely solves the issue of repetitive criminality... Feelgoodism only works in books, very infrequently if at all in the real world.


Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 6:12 a.m.

"Hang a thief when he's young, and he'll no steal when he's auld." — Robert MacQueen, Lord Braxfield, Lord Justice of Scotland, 1776-1799


Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

Tally em all up, ad put him away for a good while.


Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 11:58 p.m.

Lock him up!

Jay Thomas

Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

Dexter... what happened?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 11:26 p.m.

It's about time for this home invasion c... to end. Allegedly.


Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

It's a shame, not a bad looking guy...he has certainly screwed up his life....for quite a while!


Wed, Sep 19, 2012 : 12:16 a.m.

yeah, once you get past the vacant stare..

Superior Twp voter

Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Time to bump up his bond with no ten percent allowed.


Tue, Sep 18, 2012 : 5:59 p.m.

Wow! He's a one man rise in crime!