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Posted on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 6:32 a.m.

Police catch home invasion suspect hiding under bush after homeowner confronts him

By Cindy Heflin

Editor's note: The location has been corrected in this article.

Police arrested a home invasion suspect hiding under a bush Tuesday after an Ypsilanti resident confronted a man coming out a window of his home.

Police said the 51-year-old resident heard a commotion in his home in the 1300 block of West Cross Street when he returned home about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

He backed out of the home and soon saw a man coming out of a window, police said in a news release. The victim confronted the suspect, who police said threatened to harm the resident. The victim called 911 while the suspect fled, providing what police called an excellent description of the suspect.

Ypsilanti police units surrounded the area and then began to search it yard by yard. They found a man suspected of being the thief hiding under a large bush in the 200 block of Oakwood Street. He was arrested and police found all the personal property reported stolen from the home.

That included a laptop computer, several game systems, a video camera,a digital camera, jewelry, small bags of loose change, numerous video games, and other electronic items.

The suspect also had other property believed to have been taken in other home invasions, police said. The suspect, a 23-year-old Ypsilanti resident, was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday. . Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Det. Sgt. T.C. Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

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Thu, Nov 22, 2012 : 2:31 a.m.

@ SEC Fan, re: "isn't "home invasion" a burglary conducted while the residents are home?" and @ Brad, re: "That used to be what it meant but they've expanded the definition because it sounds more scary." ******** This is an interesting subject. I replied to you two about it earlier today, and received this interesting "Thank You" from "Thanks for your feedback this morning regarding the use of the home invasion term. Your comment has been hidden from the actual story to keep the conversation on track, but I've included it below for reference. Your suggestion to run a story regarding police terminology is a good idea and we'll consider it for future coverage. Thanks again and happy Thanksgiving." I'm puzzled by the censorship. The points that you two –– SEC Fan and Brad –– have made seem at least as worthy of conversation as any of the other comments that have been made. Maybe, now that no other comments have been made since this AM, might give up on "keeping the conversation on track," and see fit instead to un-censor my post, and open up the conversation.


Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 3:36 a.m.

One should never try and tell how to do a better job. That's off topic I think.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

I live in the area and saw all the police officers searching for this little angel, great job YPD. I also saw Washtenaw County Sheriffs and EMU PD officers assting YPD, nice to see all of our agencies working together.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

That's a lot of stolen property in his the heck did he have all that on him?

City Confidential

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Didn't the police report say "1300" block of Cross, not 300? The 200 block of Oakwood is quite a hike from the 300 block of Cross, yet just around the corner from the 1300 block of Cross...


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 12:49 a.m.

Grateful it was corrected before I came upon the article - I live in the 300 block ;) Still too close to home!!

Cindy Heflin

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

You are correct. The location has been corrected.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

not to be picky, but isn't "home invasion" a burglary conducted while the residents are home? this article says the owner walked in on a burglary...

Cindy Heflin

Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

Police do classify all break-ins to homes as home invasions.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

That used to be what it meant but they've expanded the definition because it sounds more scary.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

Nice work YPD, although shorthanded you still do excellent work......


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 12:24 p.m.

Well done all involved! Except for the suspect. Maybe it's time for him to consider a new line of work.


Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

I think he has a future in the license plate industry.