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Redford Twp. man held in Farmington Hills home invasion

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Farmington Hills – Police said a 46-year-old Redford Township man is in custody and expected to be formally charged Tuesday in Farmington 47th District Court in at least one home invasion and possibly other incidents.

The man, arrested in another city for another offense earlier this month, is a suspect in several similar home invasions in which residents said a man knocked on their front door and said he was looking for his “lost chocolate lab.”

Police said the man leaves after being told the resident has no information. Police suspect if no one is home, the man forces his way inside and makes off with cash, credit cards, jewelry and other small valuables.

About 1:45 p.m. April 6, he is believed to have gained entry to a home on Danvers Court in the 12 Mile and Middlebelt area of Farmington Hills using the same lost dog ruse, and then struck a 79-year-old woman over the head with an unknown object.

He then tied her up, stole items and fled. The woman was able to free herself and call 911.

She described her attacker as a balding white man, 30 to 40 years old, 6-feet tall and about 200 pounds.

The suspect is known to drive a four-door, silver 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.

He was arrested April 7 by members of the Farmington Hills Police Department’s Investigative Division, the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium, the Western Wayne Criminal Response Team and the Michigan Department of Corrections Fugitive Team.

Police ask anyone with information about the Danvers Court incident, or any other incidents that may involve the suspect, to call (248) 871-2610.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

(248) 338-0319