Police arrest, jail man who allegedly broke into Pittsfield Township homes while owners slept
A man who was wanted by Pittsfield Township police as a suspect in multiple home invasions all occurring when the victims were asleep has been arrested and will return to court next week.
Patrick Wiggy Taylor, 20, was wanted by the Pittsfield Township Public Safety Department for failing to appear at an exam on a charge of first-degree home invasion. Pittsfield Township police had been searching for Taylor at least since the beginning of September, when they distributed a “Wanted” flier for him.
Police say Taylor broke into multiple homes in the area of Ellsworth and Golfside roads between 1 and 5 a.m. All of the crimes occurred while the owners of the homes were asleep.
Pittsfield Township Deputy Chief of Police Gordy Schick said Taylor was arrested by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office after a home invasion on Sept. 27 on the 2000 block of George Avenue in Ypsilanti Township. Schick said the types of crimes Taylor was allegedly committing, breaking into homes while the occupants were inside, are dangerous.
“He was very bold, and breaking into peoples’ houses while they’re asleep is a very scary situation,” Schick said.
Taylor is charged attempted breaking and entering an occupied building with intent to commit a crime, first-degree home invasion and littering on public or private property, according to Washtenaw County Jail records. He is being held on a $1,000 or 10 percent bond on the first charge, a $10,000 bond on the home invasion charge and a $500 cash or surety bond charge on the littering charge.
Taylor was in court for a preliminary exam Thursday, which was adjourned until 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at 14A District Court. Prosecutors said Taylor may be charged with another count of home invasion in the same area, and more information will be available at the Oct. 12 hearing.
Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter.
Sun, Oct 9, 2011 : 12:40 a.m.
"He is being held on a $1,000 or 10 percent bond on the first charge, a $10,000 bond on the home invasion charge and a $500 cash or surety bond charge on the littering charge." Is this a joke or what? This thug is wanted on multiple home invasions and was "wanted" since September. This bond is way too low. What's going on? If Washtenaw county doesn't start throwing these thugs in prison for a long time, far worse crimes will be committed and innocent people will be killed.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.
Boy, what a specimen! He should really come by my house and break in, given his low, low bond, he just might. Can't wait.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 4:29 a.m.
What a credit to our community! Please lock him up and throw away the key (to quote the old cliche!)
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 1:49 a.m.
Let's get this out of the way right now... NO plea deals!!!! Keep dangerous punks like this off of the streets!
Sun, Oct 9, 2011 : 12:41 a.m.
Oh, they will bargain this down and this punk will be out on the streets before we know it, committing far worse crimes. It's Washtenaw County, after all. Home of "slap on the wrist" consequences for serious crimes.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 : 11:35 p.m.
This dude is not only BOLD...but damn LUCKY he is still alive. He doesn't want to show up at my home, my dog would get one leg, I would get the other. WCPD would get both wrist's. (let me just say, he would not walk away from here).
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 3 p.m.
Cinnabar, thank you for understanding and engaging in the conversation. As a father myself, yes your IMMEDIATE responsibility is to protect your family. BUT who's going to do that job for you if you are in jail? NO I'm not a mind reader either, but we've seen plenty of stories of stupid drunk students walking in on places they don't belong. There are examples of people like that being shot and killed. Even with Castle Doctrine, you must follow the 4 rules of gun safety AND be able to articulate why and how you were in fear of your or your family's lives. Simply "offing" an intruder because they are in your home is an invitation to a long prison sentence. My fear is people who don't fully understand the Castle Doctrine & would rather "be judged by 12 than carried by six" don't fully realize that that sounds nice and all but while you are being judged your family will be without you, possibly for years, the costs of your defense will likely bankrupt you. Comments such as the above WILL be used against you. You may be free in the end but at what cost? I don't plan on grieving like Dr. Petit either but like I said, self defense starts now and always in between the ears first.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 2:37 p.m.
Rice I understand your point, its well taken. But as a Father my first priority will be to protect my child my any means necessary. I'm not a mind reader, and I'm not going to ask him what his intentions are. I've read the book Mind Hunters by John Douglas and know what kind of sick people are walking around out there and will not take any chances.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 2:06 p.m.
self-defense comes before AND after the critical incident, not just before. sorrym, should say "not just DURING." Sure wish there was an edit feature...
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 : 2:03 p.m.
@ RJA, Should such an event come to pass for you, words such as these will be detrimental. I highly recommend that you remember self-defense comes before AND after the critical incident, not just before. For the rest, the Castle Doctrine is not carte blanche against anything you might wish to do to an intruder. It is a tool that will help IF you understand its use AND limitations. Learn these now, plan ahead. Not planning ahead is planning for failure. Be safe.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 : 11:19 p.m.
Why so low of a bond?
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 : 11:15 p.m.
Littering must be dangerous also, the charge increased his bond by 50%.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.
"Wiggy". Poor guy was doomed from the start. Isn't that a pretty low bond for 1st degree home invasion?