Man charged in Royal Oak home invasion, vehicle theft

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 22-year-old man has been charged in a Royal Oak home invasion and vehicle theft this week, police said.

Emmanuel Adam Charles was arraigned Thursday on one count each of first-degree home invasion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and unlawfully driving away an automobile.

Investigators linked the Hamtramck resident to two incidents reported hours apart early Wednesday.

Royal Oak police were called to a home in the 1300 block of N. Altadena at 3:54 a.m. after the homeowner reported someone had broken in, officials said.

The resident told officers the suspect had entered while he was sleeping and stole several items. “The sound of a skateboard falling down the stairs woke the resident and he went to investigate,” police said in a statement Friday. “Upon entering the kitchen of the home, the suspect was seen by the homeowner backing down the driveway in a midsized dark colored SUV.”

Officers couldn’t find the suspect or vehicle while canvassing the area.

At 6:49 a.m., a resident about a mile away in the 400 block of N. Minerva called to report that his black 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been stolen from his driveway nearly four hours earlier.

The Oakland County Curtail Auto Theft team, which includes officers from Oakland and Wayne counties, tracked the suspect and stolen vehicle to Detroit. That’s where they found the Jeep with the items from the home invasion inside, police said.

Charles was arrested and faced a hearing Thursday morning before Magistrate Donald Chisholm from 44th District Court in Royal Oak. Bond was set at $100,000. His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Investigators say the 22-year-old has multiple prior felony convictions including unlawfully driving away an automobile, fleeing and eluding, larceny from a motor vehicle, receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device.

Charles also was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for breaking and entering, officials said Friday.