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Posted on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 5 p.m.

Residents help police nab 15-year-old break-in suspect

By Kyle Feldscher

A 15-year-old Ypsilanti Township boy was arrested and accused of breaking into a home Monday morning after area residents pointed sheriff’s deputies in his direction.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Derrick Jackson said a 33-year-old woman returned at about 9 a.m. to the home in the 400 block of Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. The woman told police she saw the teenager running out of the front door of the home as she entered through the side door, Jackson said.

Sheriff’s office deputies responded and began canvassing the area with a helping hand from neighbors, Jackson said.

Residents who saw a teenager fleeing the area pointed police in his direction, eventually leading to his arrest near Prospect Street and Spring Street, Jackson said.

“This is a great example of residents coming forward to assist law enforcement,” Jackson said.

An Ypsilanti Police Department officer and a sheriff’s deputy arrested the teenager near the intersection, Jackson said.

The teenager had stolen property in his possession and all of the items taken from the home were recovered, Jackson said.

The boy’s name and photo have not been released because he has not been arraigned on any charges.

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Berda Green

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 8 p.m.

oh i want o see what he looks like ok dont forget to put his pic in when he gets it s time

Berda Green

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 7:59 p.m.

these kids today are going crazy glad he was caught u break the law u pay


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 11:08 a.m.

I don't care that he's only 15 years old (old enough to be a criminal) post his name and picture so people in the area know to be on the look out for him so they do not become victimized by him again!


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 7:22 a.m.

job well done its shows what can be done when the police and citizens work together i heard the call go out and went to the area to help and i was not the only one so many people looking for him he had no chance for escape this is what we need to do to better are communty we are so short on police they need all the help we can give them

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

I don't see the problem with what this kid is doing. All he's doing is practicing "wealth redistribution". Isn't that the cool thing to do nowadays?!?


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 2:04 a.m.

Slap him on the wrist and send him free....2 more years and he's a "keeper" in the big boy jail.....


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 1:47 a.m.

I am so glad to see the Township residents taking an active role in their community.

Fredric Fortin

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 1:43 a.m.

May I suggest this 15 year old be equiped with a propper tracking device and his parrents be required to pay for it. this kid has to understand he could loose his life as a preddatore and thief. Goodluck in trying to save him!


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 6:10 a.m.

Kids like this don't have the kind of parent(s) who could "pay for it." Kids in trouble like this often have the worst role models at home.

Linda Peck

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

This is so heartbreaking, to see a 15 year-old child in such trouble.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

Dear Linda, showing any compassion for people like this kid will be met with negativity here and won't be voted up. I agree with you, it is sad.

no flamers!

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

My heartbreak is reserved for the homeowner who won't feel safe in her own home tonight. A fifteen year-old knows right from wrong, and the perpetrator of this crime chose wrong. Highly unlikely it was his first bad choice--how many other homeowners has he violated?


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 12:17 p.m.

Linda this is a turning point for the young man, if he doesn't take advantage of this and turn his life around it will really be heartbreaking.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 3:20 a.m.

He will be back out in no time doing the same


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 12:58 a.m.

Choices poorly made.


Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 10:40 p.m.

This is the kind of community involvement that makes a difference. Kudos to the residents that assisted.