Police seek tips in attempted home invasion

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published February 29, 2016

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ROYAL OAK — Police are looking for more information about a suspect wanted for a possible attempted home invasion last week on the city’s east side.

“This case has been assigned to a detective and is being investigated,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. David Clemens. “No further information is available at this time.”

A resident in the 300 block of North Wilson Avenue saw an unknown person standing at his side door at about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 25 attempting to open the locked screen door.

According to police, the suspect ran away when the resident approached the doorway.

The homeowner chased the suspect for a short distance before losing sight of him in the area of North Connecticut Avenue and 11 Mile Road. Police said a witness saw the resident chasing the man and called 911.

According to police, they responded, set up a perimeter and conducted a K-9 track.

Police said the track ended in the back of Retrofit Studio, located at 1515 E. 11 Mile Road, where the suspect appeared to have entered a car and fled the area.

No one was injured during the incident, and Clemens said it was unknown whether the suspect was connected to any other crimes in the area.

Clemens said he does not recommend that residents chase anyone suspected of a crime.

“I recommend moving to a safe area and notifying the police,” he said.  

Clemens said the Royal Oak Police Department reaches out to other departments as part of its investigations.

“We review and assign all home invasion cases and network with other agencies to identify crime trends and potential suspects committing crimes in our community,” he said.

The suspect was described as a man standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall with a heavy build and wearing tan Carhartt pants and a jacket, black boots and a black ski mask.

Anyone with information should contact Clemens at (248) 246-3456.

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