Suspect accused of assaulting homeowner for blue lights that support police

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published September 29, 2020

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A 24-year-old man from Rochester Hills is facing two felony charges after deputies say he allegedly entered another man’s home, punched him in the back of the head and broke a window before fleeing the area.

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, 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 suspect followed him in and punched him in the back of his head. The homeowner turned around to see the suspect break the window of the entry door and flee on foot.

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

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

On Sept. 28, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office issued 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. The man is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 29 in the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. 

The suspect has a criminal history, which includes convictions in Florida for robbery, aggravated assault with a weapon, and various drug offenses, according to deputies.

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