5 arraigned in Mount Clemens home invasion
Mount Clemens — Five men were arraigned Tuesday on charges related to an armed home invasion after they were caught fleeing the scene, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called at 6:12 p.m. Saturday to a home on Canfield Street near Gratiot to a report of four masked intruders, officials said.
The suspects allegedly entered the home through an open side door and announced a robbery, armed with knives and handguns. A fifth suspect allegedly waited in the getaway car, officials said.
Clinton Township residents Channor Dior Lewis, 18, Dwayne Cooper Rasberry Jr., 17, Joshua Lee Mills, 18, and Mount Clemens resident Jesse Alex-Ondre Stevens, 19, were charged with armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, and unlawful imprisonment, according to the sheriff’s office.
Alleged getaway driver, Kalamazoo resident Chevas Antwayn Walker Jr., 21, faces armed robbery and first-degree home invasion charges.
In a 911 call placed about five minutes after the attack and released by the sheriff’s office, a woman describes the ordeal.
“I was just robbed,” the unidentified woman said. “Me and the whole house were just robbed by gunpoint.”
The woman told dispatch she did not recognize the intruders.
“They had on masks,” she said. “One had on like a breathing mask.”
The woman also said a baby was in the home during the robbery and that she was taken upstairs by two of the suspects.
Officials said in a press release Wednesday the assailants put a knife to a 38-year-old woman’s throat, forced her upstairs and demanded money. She gave the suspects cash from her wallet before she was pushed face down onto a bed.
Five other victims inside the home were forced to the floor at gunpoint, officials said. One of the other victims spoke during the 911 call, and can be heard asking the group if anyone was injured.
“They had a knife to my mama’s neck,” the unidentified male said. “Is everybody alright? Everybody’s alright.”
The male said the suspects entered through an open side door.
“My mama had the side door open waiting for one of her friends to come in and they ended up coming in with guns,” he said. “They put a knife to her neck.”
The male said he did not see the suspects flee and had no description of their vehicle.
“I didn’t leave the house,” he said. “They made us stay on the ground.”
The male reported several stolen items, including cash, four cellphones, two laptops, a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Officials said the thieves also took iPods.
The group was caught as deputies rushed to the scene, officials said.
“Macomb County Sheriff deputies were converging on the residence when one of the deputies located a gray Pontiac Grand Prix traveling on southbound Gratiot from Canfield,” official said in a press release. “The vehicle was occupied by five subjects who matched the description of the suspects from the robbery.”
Deputies initiated a traffic stop at Joy Road and Colchester, less than a mile away, officials said. Inside the vehicle, they were able to see items matching the description of things reported stolen.
The suspects were taken into custody without incident, officials said. Deputies prepared a search warrant and searched the vehicle, recovering all the stolen items as well as a loaded silver and black .38-caliber Ruger revolver, airsoft gun, folding knife and box cutter.
The Ruger handgun was determined to be stolen, officials said.
The suspects were arraigned Tuesday in 41B District Court, officials said. Bonds were set at $100,000 cash or surety and the group is expected back in court Aug. 10.
The suspects currently are held in the Macomb County Jail, official said.