HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Two would-be thieves were scared away by an armed house-sitter during a break-in July 16.
Macomb County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 24000 block of Meadow Lane just before 2 a.m. for a home invasion in progress.
According to the caller, a 26-year-old man from Royal Oak, he was house-sitting for a friend and was asleep on the couch when he was awakened by noises outside the door.
The crime report states that the man looked through the peephole of the front door and observed several subjects on the porch attempting to break in. He armed himself with a shotgun, then retreated to the second floor and called 911.
While on the phone with emergency dispatch, the man returned to the first floor of the condo to ascertain the address. It was then that he came face to face with two burglars, one of whom was standing inside the home, a second still on the front porch. The suspect had broken a window to unlock the door.
One of the suspects yelled, “He’s got a gun!” and the two men fled on foot.
At the scene, deputies searched the area and remained nearby. Approximately an hour later, one of the home invasion suspects returned to retrieve his car, which was parked nearby. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Macomb County Jail. He admitted that he had come to the residence to break in to steal marijuana and money, according to deputies.
The arrested suspect, Dajuan Hollowell, 22, of Oak Park, was arraigned later that day in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township and charged with first-degree home invasion. He posted a $1,500 surety bond and was released.
In the meantime, Macomb County Sheriff’s Capt. Elizabeth Darga said investigators have been in touch with the second suspect, who failed to turn himself in July 23. She said an arrest warrant would be issued, and the suspect’s name would be released after he’s arraigned.
“We will be seeking charges,” Darga said.
Hollowell's attorney, Donald Perkins, declined to comment on the incident, as he had yet to meet with his client before press time. Hollowell's preliminary examination will be held July 29 in Macomb County Circuit Court..