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Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

Officers chase break-in suspect across Huron River to make arrest

By Kyle Feldscher

After running over the river and through the woods, Daniel Campbell went to the Washtenaw County Jail after allegedly breaking into two homes and causing police to take an unanticipated swim Monday.

Campbell, a 36-year-old Ann Arbor man, was arraigned on one count each of first-degree home invasion, second-degree home invasion and assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer Wednesday.

The charges stem from Monday afternoon, when police were alerted to a man who had broke into an apartment on Kingsley Street.

Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes said officers were dispatched at 2:21 p.m. Monday to the 700 block of Kingsley after a resident there reported Campbell had broken into his apartment. Pfannes said the resident returned home and confronted Campbell, who was in his residence, claiming to be a maintenance worker checking on a reported smell of smoke.

The resident told Campbell to leave and he promptly walked away, according to Pfannes. Officers canvassed the area as they searched for him.

Officer Sean Lee was searching for Campbell in the 1000 block of Fuller Street when he observed a window screen leaning against a home, Pfannes said.

Lee got out of his car to check it out and was moving toward the house when Campbell walked out of the front door carrying a blue bag and wearing a black backpack, Pfannes said.

Once he noticed Lee, Campbell took off, eventually dropping the bags as he made his way toward the river, Pfannes said.

Campbell jumped into the river and made his way to the opposite bank, with Lee quickly entering the water right behind him, Pfannes reported.

Campbell managed to make it to the other side of the river before Lee had exited the water and fled down a footpath, Pfannes said. Other officers converged on the area and Officer Robert Schneider ended up finding Campbell hiding between a tree and the river’s shoreline, according to Pfannes.

Schneider also had to enter the river in order to make the arrest. Officer Kevin Warner assisted him, along with other Ann Arbor police officers.

The property allegedly stolen by Campbell included checks, laptops, other electronics, jewelry and cash, Pfannes said. All of it was recovered.

Campbell has been lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail since his arrest and was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on the three felony charges. He’s being held in the jail on a $50,000 bond for those charges, Pfannes said.

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Fri, May 18, 2012 : 1:36 a.m.

Great Job to all Law Enforcement! (so many go on and above their duty) This happens to often, let them go on a promise to appear. We have the greatest court system.....NOT !!

Duc d'Escargot

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Good morning, class. Today we shall look at a few uses of the verb "to break" in the third-person singular. Present tense, e.g. "he breaks." Some past tense forms include "he broke," "he has broken." and "he had broken." Please look at the sample news article above and mark your corrections.

Jeffersonian Liberal

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

This loser will be let out in no time by our pathetic justice system to pray on the public once again. I'll also bet dollars to donuts that he has a long rap sheet leading back to juvy. Officer, please do society a favor next time.

Ron Granger

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

Great job by the cops! Now if only they can keep that guy in prison, if he is convicted. And where are all the debbie downers who complain on every crime story that the police are ineffective because we spend money on art?


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:19 a.m.

Great job! Good work to Lee who noticed the screen. Shout out to Schneider and Warner, both worked the downtown beat on bikes. Miss having the bike cops :'(


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

Nice work, Police Mans. I despise thieves, especially those who violate peoples' homes to feed their greed.

Ann English

Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:52 p.m.

I'm trying to see where "the woods" come in. A footpath is mentioned and I think of footpaths as going through woods. Campbell was caught hiding behind a tree. It's easier to hide behind a tree if there are many other trees around it. I can't picture the area, just near Island Park. As I read about his home invasion taking place in an apartment on Kingsley, I half expected to read that he jumped out the window on a second or third floor, and not be hurt, like someone else did earlier last winter. Someone else FELL out a window then and there; it was not deliberate. But Campbell walked away, so it was a first floor apartment.

Ann English

Fri, May 18, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

I'm trying to interpret "through the woods" from "After running over the river and through the woods" at the beginning of this story. I don't recall seeing any group of trees where Daniel Campbell ran after crossing the river. Doesn't mean that there aren't any woods. Sometimes memories of news stories in one part of town I call up when I read new stories by journalists that take place in the very same places, such as the apartment complex that Campbell fled from. It was strange that a window in that apartment complex was open at all during last winter, mild as it was. The strangeness of that is why I remember it.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:59 a.m.

what on EARTH is the purpose of this comment?

Linda Peck

Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:49 p.m.

I would like to acknowledge the determination of the officers who caught the man and thank them for taking their job seriously. They really carried this job through to the finish. Now, it is the job of the Washtenaw Circuit Court to respect their efforts and see this matter through in a responsible and reasonable way with an appropriate sentence. Our officers are obviously going the limit!


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

I've read this 3 times now trying to find any mention of race. and nope it's not there. Just shoot the man?.. wow, just a little bit aggressive isn't it?.. not that i think what he supposedly did was right, but if the officers had shot an unarmed man, i bet you would be starting the rally cry for the officers heads on a platter. shesh, they just can't win with some people.


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:06 p.m.

pardon me.. the " victim" was the statement of who would do the shooting.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, May 16, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

I laugh a lot, but fail to see humor in this one. Home invasion is one of the scariest of crimes. What if you come home, or you wake up from a nap, and the guy is there and he clobbers you or knifes or shoots you? Not too funny. What happens in a chase if one of the officers get that same treatment? If one's home is his/her castle, having some stranger enter without invitation, bent on stealing or anything else, in my view that constitutes a pretty serious threat. Sorry, Kyle...I just don't see the humor.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

wading in: Officers chase break-in suspect across Huron River to make arrest


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.

@tdw and perhaps the "over the river and through the woods..."? I thought it was pretty corny but I understand BillyBob's point of him making light of things.


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 9:54 p.m.

Oh " unexpected swim "


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

So....where is Kyle implying any humor


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 8:30 p.m.

Nice one occifers. Is the river over 5' in that area?