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Police look for links in home invasions

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor police say a home invasion in which a family of recent immigrants was duct-taped and robbed at gunpoint in their home Wednesday night may be connected to break-ins in Canton, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti townships.

Lt. Renée Bush said “at least some” of the break-in victims are recent immigrants of various ethnicity, including the Ann Arbor family.

“They have limited English speaking ability. This group of three men seems to be targeting these people,” she said. “What’s happening is these men are knocking on doors and then they’re barging in once the door is answered. There is a lot of similarity.”

The other break-ins were reported Monday and Tuesday in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti townships, and Wednesday in Canton. Among items stolen at the homes were cash, guns, jewelry and electronics.

In the Ann Arbor incident Wednesday, three armed men wearing red bandanas over their faces broke into a home on the 1700 block of Arlington at about 8 p.m., Bush said.

The men bound a man, woman and two children with duct tape and took electronics, cash and jewelry.

“We didn’t get called until a little after 9 p.m. when the adult male broke free and called us,” Bush said. “This family was incredibly brave during this scary situation.”

Bush described the three as in their 20s. The men have thin, medium and heavy builds, with heights of 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10. They all wore dark clothing.

No one was hurt. Police are investigating and no arrests have been made.

Bush said residents should be cautious when answering their doors.

“I would like to remind people that if they don’t expect someone to come over, or if they don’t know the person on the other side of the door, do not answer it,” Bush said. “Call 911 and we’ll respond and get people identified.”

Canton Township Police also are looking at similarities as they investigate an incident in which three men, including at least one with a gun, forced their way into a Canton Township home Wednesday.

Police Lt. Pat Sullivan wouldn’t provide details about how the Canton residents were restrained.

He said a department detective plans to speak with investigators in Washtenaw County about the other break-ins.

Associated Press contributed.