Rochester Hills man charged after alleged assault of homeowner for blue lights in support of police

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 6, 2020

Justin Michael Brown

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A 24-year-old man from Rochester Hills has been charged with two felonies after deputies say he entered another man’s home, punched him in the back of the head and broke a window before fleeing the area.

Justin Michael Brown was arraigned Sept. 29 before Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court Magistrate Marie Soma on one count of first-degree home invasion — a felony punishable by 20 years in prison and/or $50,000 — and one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer — a felony punishable by two years in prison and/or $2,000.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation responded to a home on Gerald Avenue at 8:25 p.m. Sept. 27. The victim, a 30-year-old man from Rochester Hills, told deputies that as he was returning home from picking up pizza, when a man walked up his driveway and harassed him about having blue lights on the exterior of his residence, yelling “the cops know where the white (expletive) are at.”

The homeowner told deputies his blue lights are in support of police.

As the homeowner unlocked the front door and entered his residence, deputies said, the man followed him in and punched him in the back of his head. The homeowner turned around to see the man break the window of the entry door and flee on foot.

A deputy canvassing the area for the suspect located Brown, who matched the description given by the victim. Brown initially complied with the deputy’s directives, but while police were attempting to take him into custody, he fled on foot, so the deputy used his taser and took Brown into custody without further incident.

The victim identified Brown as the person who allegedly assaulted him, and Brown was lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

Brown has a criminal history, which includes convictions in Florida for robbery, aggravated assault with a weapon and various drug offenses, according to deputies. His next court dates are set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 for a probable cause conference and 9 a.m. Oct. 15 for a pretrial conference in front of Judge Lisa Asadoorian. Brown was being lodged at Oakland County Jail at press time. He did not have an attorney on file at press time.

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