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Man in custody after breaking into Stoney Creek High School

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 4, 2020


A man is in custody after allegedly breaking into Stoney Creek High School the morning of Feb. 4.

Capt. Michael Johnson of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation said deputies responded to the school after an alarm sounded at around 2:35 a.m.

“Obviously, the alarm system did its job,” Johnson said. 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered that someone had thrown a cinder block through a window near the school cafeteria to gain entry into the building. 

“A couple of my deputies got there, and they were able to see a person moving around inside the cafeteria, so that gave us the idea to set up a perimeter, wait for the dogs to come in and, obviously, after a little while, clear the building and do what we could to find him,” Johnson said. 

The man, a 33-year-old Sebewaing, Michigan, resident, was eventually found hiding under a teacher’s desk on the second floor and is in custody.

“We have someone in custody and we can’t expound on that yet, as far as charges go, because the Prosecutor’s Office hasn’t issued a warrant yet,” Johnson said. “I’m sure he probably won’t be arraigned until tomorrow.”

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner sent an email to district parents alerting them to the situation at around 6:15 a.m. Feb. 4.

“Early this morning, Stoney Creek High School was vandalized by an individual who does not attend the school. A cinder block was thrown through a window near the cafeteria. The individual responsible for the damage is in custody. Thankfully, no students or staff were harmed,” he said in the email.

Shaner said law enforcement officers thoroughly searched the building with a K-9 unit and cleared the facility for use. 

“School will continue as scheduled,” he said in the email.

Shaner said all members of the school community will “experience an environment where they are safe, valued and respected.”

“As such, the Rochester Community School District is prepared to prosecute anyone associated with the malicious destruction of school property to the fullest extent of the law and will seek restitution to pay for cleaning and repair of damaged facilities,” Shaner said in the email. “We appreciate the joint efforts of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Rochester Police Department, who continue to ensure our safety.”

Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.