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Beline Obeid
October 10, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park — An alert resident did exactly what Chief of Police David Hiller has urged citizens to do, and between the actions of the resident and good police work, three suspects have been arrested and charged with a recent home invasion.

According to police, at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, a resident in the 1400 block of Kensington noticed a young woman walking up and down the block. Suspicious, the resident called police who responded and spoke with her. As police were checking the area, they observed a young male running from the area. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was located hiding under a boat in a Detroit backyard. Shortly after, a third suspect was identified and taken into custody as he walked down the street.

Police had determined a house in the same block of Kensington had been entered by the suspects through a basement window, and items taken from the home were found on one of the suspects. All three confessed and are being charged with home invasion II, a 15-year felony. They were to be arraigned on the charges on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court.

In addition to admitting to the home invasion, the three suspects admitted to an armed robbery that took place in Redford Township in September.

Hiller routinely advises residents to report any suspicious activity to police.

“Our residents really are our eyes and ears in the community. Residents know their blocks and neighbors better than we do, “ he said. “They know when something is not right, and that’s when they need to call us. Let us decide if a suspicious person should be there or not.”

He also cited the excellent work by his officers.

“We set up a perimeter and did a yard-to-yard search. We located the one suspect in a backyard, the other walking down Mack. We had the assistance of other departments, but it was a phone call from a resident that set this in motion. Everyone involved is to be commended.”

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