Man charged in home invasion pleads guilty

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 14, 2013



HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 22-year-old Oak Park man arrested and charged in a July 16 home invasion in Harrison Township has pleaded guilty, but his attorney said he’s planning to ask the sentencing judge for leniency.

Dajuan Hollowell is facing up to 18 months behind bars for his role in the home invasion in the 24000 block of Meadow Lane.

According to police, Hollowell and a second man smashed a window of the condominium in order to gain entry at around 2 a.m. The man inside the condo at the time, a 26-year-old from Royal Oak who was housesitting for the owner, contacted the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department after he was awakened by sounds outside. He informed dispatch that he peered through the peep-hole on the front door and observed several subjects.

The man armed himself with a shotgun and retreated to the second floor of the home, and upon returning to the main floor, still on the phone to 911, he found the front door open and one of the two suspects standing inside.

Upon seeing the weapon in the male house-sitter’s hand, police say one of the suspects yelled “He’s got a gun!” and they fled on foot.

At the scene, deputies searched the area, and remained nearby. Approximately an hour later, Hollowell returned to the area to retrieve his car parked nearby. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Macomb County Jail. He admitted that he had come to the residence to steal marijuana and money, according to the arrest report.

Hollowell was arraigned in 41-B District County in Clinton Township later that day where he was formally charged with first-degree home invasion. He posted the $1,500 bond and released.

He waived his right to a preliminary exam a week later, and on Aug. 12 he pleaded guilty during a pretrial hearing in front of Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25.

Hollowell’s attorney Donald Perkins said because his client does not have a criminal history, he will be asking the judge for probation. The sentence for a felony such as this is 0-18 months, Perkins said.

“He has no arrest record, no juvenile record, no driving offences, no prior felonies or misdemeanors of any kind,” Perkins said. “He comes from a good family and is scheduled to return to college in the fall.

“I think he made a mistake in judgment, and he sees that now.”              

The second individual who was with Hollowell during that early morning break-in is not facing charges.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Capt. Elizabeth Darga said the county prosecutor didn’t authorize on the warrant for the second suspect’s arrest, “Because the only thing we had was the testimony of the other suspect.”