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Intruder claims he's King of Pop


October 03, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A homeless man claiming to be Michael Jackson is in jail awaiting trial for breaking into a 95-year-old man’s house in the 200 block of Lakeshore and acting wacko.

The suspect, Durrell Dantonio Perkins, 26, has a “mental order from Wayne County Probate Court and (an unspecified) warrant from 36th District Court,” according to Grosse Pointe Farms police.


“He has a criminal history out of Tennessee, as well,” said Detective Bryan Ford, heading the investigation.

The homeowner was in bed sleeping shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, when awakened by the sound of breaking glass.

A tall, thin man, later identified as Perkins, stepped into the bedroom.

“The person began to get undressed and attempted to get into bed with him,” said an officer.

“Get out,” the homeowner reportedly said. “Who are you?”

“I am Michael Jackson,” the stranger reportedly answered.

He began tugging at the sheets.

“(He) kept muscling his way under the covers, but (the homeowner) was able to push him away,” said an officer.

The stranger dressed and left.

The victim telephoned his caregiver, a 50-year-old woman, at her house in St. Clair Shores, at 4:51 a.m.

She was already awake.

Two minutes earlier, she’d received an obscene call dialed from her client’s Jitterbug cell phone.

“Hey, baby,” a man said, she told police.

“Who is this?” she answered.

“Michael.”

“Michael who?”

“Michael Jackson,” adding an obscenity.

She hung up.

Her client called. He told her of an unknown man in his house. She called 911.

“She jumped into her car and raced over to his house as fast as she could,” police said.

Three Farms officers were dispatched to the Lakeshore address.

They discovered a front window shattered next to the locked front door.

A passing male motorist added to the confluence of people by stopping to warn officers of an unknown man walking on Lakeshore near Vernier in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The stranger was yelling and “acting crazy,” according to the motorist.

Farms police forwarded the report to Shores officers.

While this took place, a Farms officer climbed through the broken window, unlocked the front door and admitted the others.

They found the homeowner in bed uninjured.

A Shores patrolman detained the stranger, Perkins, his clothing spotted with blood.

Perkins also possessed a white Jitterbug cell phone and charger.

When officers called the homeowner’s cell phone number, the Jitterbug rang.

Farms police arrested Perkins.

He has no permanent address. Police consider him to be a homeless Detroit resident.

Perkins was arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 25, by Farms Municipal Judge Matthew Rumora for:

first-degree home invasion,

larceny (the phone) from a building and

malicious destruction of property (the window).

Perkins was taken to the Wayne County Jail, unable to post Rumora’s $500,000 cash surety bond.

A preliminary examination is scheduled in Farms court Wednesday, Oct. 9.


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