A 24-year-old Detroit man whose name has not been released pending his arraignment is facing charges of first-degree home invasion and other offenses related to an incident involving his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday, June 12. According to a news article at AnnArbor.com, the man allegedly forced his way into his ex-girlfriends home, then choked her when an argument began.
The suspect and the alleged victim had recently broken up following a long-term relationship, according to Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts who said police responded to the woman’s residence, located in the 1100 block of Monroe Street after receiving a report of domestic violence. Apparently the suspect had asked his ex-girlfriend to talk about things, but she would not agree to see him.
The suspect went to her home anyway; when the 25-year-old woman answered the door, the suspect forced his way inside the home according to Eberts, who said that according to the woman the fight began after the man ran inside the home. He allegedly got on top of the woman and began choking her after slapping her numerous times. Eberts also said that the woman’s shirt was torn in the altercation.
When police responded to the call, the suspect had fled. He was arrested the following day when he returned to his ex-girlfriend’s residence and another person who was present reported to police. The suspect was being held at the Washtenaw County Jail and is charged with first-degree home invasion, aggravated domestic violence, and assault by strangulation.
Police said no weapons were used in the assault, and that the alleged victim did not require medical treatment.
Michigan home invasion lawyers know that breaking and entering is a serious offense, even when the alleged victim is someone you know. When an individual breaks into a home with intent to steal or assault an individual who is lawfully inside the dwelling, he or she may be convicted of first-degree home invasion. The penalties for this felony offense include fines of up to $5,000 and up to 20 years in prison.
If you have been arrested or charged with any degree of home invasion, it is important that you seek legal representation immediately. Contact a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney who will work to protect your legal rights and freedom.