COOPER TOWNSHIP, MICH. - One man is in custody after a couple of home invasions in Cooper Township Wednesday morning.
The suspect was arrested shortly before 12:30 p.m., Jan. 10, in a home on West D Avenue between Douglas and North 14th Street.
West D Avenue was shut down around 8:30 a.m. when the first home invasion was reported; it has since reopened.
According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, the suspect was scared off by a man in the home he was trying to burglarize. The suspect, only described as a white man, ran to his car, drove off and crashed before entering a second, unoccupied home. That's where he was eventually arrested.
"We have guys down the street talking to the different residences, we can see where the suspect had used his vehicle to get into some of the garages in the area and we have a pretty good idea what residents are affected by the suspect's criminal activity," Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller III said.
The department's negotiation team on scene was unable to make contact with the suspect as he did not respond to their attempts. After nearly three hours, the SWAT team entered the home and arrested the suspect without incident.
It is not known at this time if the suspect was armed or if he broke into any other homes in the neighborhood.
No victims were hurt.
The suspect's name will be released once he is arraigned but the department said they have had run-ins with him in the past.
The Sheriff says this kind of situation should serve as a reminder to every community.
"Know your neighbors, know what's important, know who is supposed to be where, and that way if there is an opportunity to help you can step up and help and I think that's what that neighbor did today," Sheriff Fuller III said.
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