Two teens charged after break-in, stabbing

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 26, 2013

WARREN — Two teens remained in custody at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center Nov. 26, a day after an alleged break-in at a retired sheriff deputy’s home led to a chase and a stabbing near Ryan and 12 Mile roads.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, police apprehended the suspects — both males, ages 16 and 14 —near Tropea and Ohmer at 2:56 p.m. Nov. 25.

“A 16- and a 14-year-old broke into a resident’s home. They came home, discovered them in the home and when the retired sheriff deputy gave chase, he caught one of them. The older of the two turned around with a knife and stabbed him in the chest,” Mills said.

The deputy reportedly used a legal, registered handgun to fire one round at the 16-year-old suspect after he was stabbed. The teen was not hit by gunfire and Warren police arrested both suspects a short distance away.

The 60-year-old homeowner was treated at the hospital for a stab wound to the sternum and released.

Mills said the victim told police he had returned to the house in the 3300 block of Hughes with his wife when they discovered the teens inside.

“His wife went back to the computer in the back of the house,” Mills said. “He went toward the bedroom of the house. He saw somebody in the house and gave chase.”

Mills said the homeowner, who also served previously in the U.S. Army Reserve, fired in self-defense after he was stabbed following a chase of nearly half a mile.

The teens were both charged as adults Nov. 26 but police declined to release their names, citing their age. Both suspects were arraigned in the 37th District Court on charges of first-degree home invasion and conspiracy, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The 16-year-old suspect was also charged with attempted murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Mills said police recovered belongings reportedly taken from the home by the teens.