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Posted on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

3 accused of working with suspect in multiple Dexter, Ann Arbor home invasions

By Kyle Feldscher


Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, Jeffrey Aron Schuh, Quang Nguyen and Steven Colwell.

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Three people have been charged with working with a Dexter man to break into many homes in the city of Ann Arbor and in Washtenaw County.

Jeffrey Aron Schuh, Quang Ngyuen and Jeffrey Arthur Schuh are all charged with multiple home invasions. Nguyen, 19 years old of Ypsilanti Township, is charged in nine felony home invasion cases, according to court records.

Jeffrey Aron Schuh, 20, and Jeffrey Arthur Schuh, 54, are both Dexter residents and father and son. Jeffrey Aron Schuh is charged in eight different cases, according to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Geoffrey Fox, and his father faces three felony home invasion cases, records show.

Nguyen and the Schuhs are accused of working with Steven Colwell to break into homes near Dexter and in the city of Ann Arbor. Colwell was arrested on Aug. 9 after a break-in in Webster Township and at least two of the men arraigned on their charges Wednesday were with him at the time. Colwell confessed to many home invasions in the county, mainly in Dexter and Ann Arbor.

The Schuhs will return to court for preliminary exams at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1, according to jail records. Nguyen is scheduled to be in court for his preliminary examination at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6, according to jail records.

Colwell also faces felony charges in nine criminal cases related to home invasions. He will be back in court for a preliminary exam at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7, after his case was adjourned in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown’s courtroom Wednesday.

The home invasions all occurred in July and August, police said.

Nguyen is being held on a $10,000 bond on each of his cases, totaling $90,000. Jeffrey Aron Schuh is being held on the same bond in each case, totaling $80,000, while his father’s bond totals $30,000. They are all lheld at the Washtenaw County Jail.

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



Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 1:40 p.m.

Prayers are with the victims and may justice prevail.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

We used to be content to call it what it is, burglary, but politicians have gotten hold of the phrase "home invasion," using it where it shouldn't be used, making it less intuitive, and more imprecise. And now, evidently, it has actually entered the legal language. Wikipedia's more intuitive definition of "home invasion" is this: "Home invasion is the act of illegally entering a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping." The Wiki article also includes this comment: "As the term becomes more frequently used, particularly by the media, "home invasion" is evolving to identify a particular class of crime that involves multiple perpetrators (two or more); forced entry into a home; occupants who are home at the time of the invasion; use of weapons and physical intimidation; property theft; and victims who are unknown to the perpetrators." And that's what most of us picture: a couple of guys blowing in, guns drawn, tying up/duct-taping the occupants, and stealing money or drugs. But now, "tough-on-crime" politicians think "home invasion" sounds sexier than mere "burglary." "Home invasion," as a term, gradually took over from "hot burglary," or "burglary of occupied homes," but those terms all had the same meaning up until now. I know that gets huffy and defensive on this point, claiming that since that is the phrase that they are handed by law enforcement, that is the phrase that is going to use. But police and politicians aren't the best trustees of our language, and could at least explain that "home invasion" is the new legal term for what has been known for centuries as either "burglary," or "breaking and entering." Mindless parroting of confusing words and phrases does not advance the conversation.

Unusual Suspect

Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

"Home invasion" is a legal term, and apparently used properly in this case. Entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony or committing a felony once inside qualifies it as first or second degree home invasion. The different is whether another person is lawfully present within the dwelling, which would make it first degree. Since they have a confession from Colwell, the prosecutors are likely very aware of his intent and/or actions in multiple occurrences.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Haven't you ever heard of the fundamental and basic concept in this country INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.It is common knowledge, or so I thought.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 1:10 p.m.

Our thanks to the law enforcement officers that got these guys off the least for a little while.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

Since when does the word accused mean guilty?


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

@Kyle, please correct the spelling "Nguyen" that you has mistyped as Ngyuen a couple times in the article. And in the caption. Thanks.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

The Nguy?n Dynasty (Vietnamese: Nhà Nguy?n; Hán-Nôm: ??, Nguy?n tri?u) was the last ruling family of Vietnam. Their rule lasted a total of 143 years. It began in 1802 when Emperor Gia Long ascended the throne after defeating the Tây S?n Dynasty and ended in 1945 when B?o ??i abdicated the throne and transferred power to the State of Vietnam.


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 : 11:40 a.m.

I could think of a few activities that a father could do with his son that would be more constructive and legal instead of this.