Man arraigned in West Bloomfield armed home invasion

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 16, 2018

 Jared Fortin

Jared Fortin

A 32-year-old Westland man was arraigned Nov. 16 following a home invasion and robbery Nov. 7 in West Bloomfield.

Jared Fortin was arraigned before 48th District Court Magistrate Julie Nelson Klein for allegedly entering into a West Bloomfield woman’s house at around 2 a.m. Nov. 7 and demanding valuables from her home at gunpoint.

The suspect’s St. Clair Shores-based attorney, Seth Carlson, could not be reached for comment by press time.

The woman, who was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom with her young daughter, awoke to a man in a black ski mask asking for money inside the home.

The suspect took off with cash, jewelry, and an ATM card and PIN number. The suspect left the home and did not injure the victims, according to the report; the suspect reportedly had entered through an unlocked window.

According to the release, detectives on the case determined that the suspect used the ATM card a number of banks in Oakland and Wayne counties after the home invasion.

Photos from the ATM machines show a suspect in disguise with a ski mask attempting to withdraw money from the woman’s bank account. The suspect’s vehicle information was obtained via bank surveillance cameras.

West Bloomfield detectives and detectives from the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium — comprising detectives from the township, Farmington Hills and Novi police — located the suspect’s vehicle in the 400 block of South Wildwood in Westland; he was arrested without incident.

West Bloomfield Deputy Chief Curt Lawson said in a phone interview that the man was apprehended after police determined what kind of vehicle he had used, and Lawson said police wondered how the man was able to go into the home and not be unharmed by the family’s dog.

“We were immediately curious why this gentleman entered the homeowner’s bedroom (where there was a) great Dane (and was) not concerned,” Lawson said. He said the suspect was either familiar with the family or the house itself. “We started to reinterview the victims and wanted to know who has been in the house the last year.”

Contractors had previously been in the house.

“One of those individuals drives or has access to the same type of car we saw at the bank,” Lawson said, adding that one of the contractors fit the description of the suspect. “(We) had enough probable cause to make an arrest.”

Lawson added that a search was conducted at the man’s home, and some items allegedly linked to the crime were recovered.

In a follow-up email, Lawson said that these types of crimes are not common.

“These types of crimes are rare in our community, but when they do occur, our team has been extremely effective in investigating, identifying and arresting those responsible time and time again,” he said.

Fortin’s bond is set at $300,000, no 10 percent.