A home-owner on the 6500 block of West Ellsworth Road in Lodi Township pulled into the driveway at 11:10 a.m. Saturday to find an unknown blue mini-van parked there and burglars inside the home.
The home-owner was questioning the driver of the mini-van, one of two black men said to be in the van, about why he was parked there when three more men came running from inside the house and got into the van, according to a report by the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office.
After the van sped off from the home, the home-owner called 911 and followed the five men in the van to Zeeb Road near Scio Church Road. The van crashed into a WCSO patrol vehicle and all five suspects fled, though three were captured within moments by responding deputies, according to the WCSO.
The other two suspects were not captured by police, but Community Engagement Director Derrick Jackson said they are still looking for them. A team met this morning to discuss the case, Jackson said, and any additional information about the two suspects not in custody will likely be released soon.
The three suspects were arrested and transported to Washtenaw County jail, awaiting arraignment today. The suspects are a 22-year-old Ypsilanti resident, a 19-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident and an 18-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident.
WCSO deputies reported being assisted in the arrests by the WCSO mounted unit and Chelsea Police Department's K-9 unit.
Suspects in burglary yell “police”
Three men, one armed with a hand gun, kicked in the front door of an apartment, yelling “police,” during a home invasion at 4:20 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Stevens Drive in Ypsilanti Township, according to a report from the WCSO.
Victims inside the apartment were ordered into the bathroom, according to the WCSO, and the three suspects fled with a laptop computer and cash. No injuries were reported by the victims.
The suspects have not yet been identified by the WCSO, but all three are described as black men about 20 years of age. One is described as 150 lbs. and wearing a dark-colored mask that covered his face; one is described as 5'7”, 210-225 lbs. and dressed in black clothing and a purple hooded sweatshirt; and one is described as 5'4”, 140 lbs., dark complexion and dressed in dark clothing with dark sunglasses.
A WCSO deputy was sent to the 1000 block of East Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti Township at 5 p.m. Saturday for a home invasion, where an unknown suspect reportedly kicked in the side door of a home and stole a flat screen television.
The WCSO reported that the suspect was seen carrying the television east on Forest Avenue, though the suspect has not yet been identified.
He is described as a tall, husky white man wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes, a gray T-shirt and brown work gloves. A vehicle the WCSO thinks he may be seen with is a tan SUV 4-door driven by a skinny white female.
A resident reported numerous DVDs were missing to a WCSO deputy at 4:30 p.m. Saturday after a burglary at the home on the 2500 block of Homes Road in Ypsilanti Township.
Entry was determined to be gained through a bedroom window, and the WCSO reported no suspects have been identified in the crime.
Laptop stolen through open window
Ypsilanti Police reported that someone reached into an open kitchen window sometime Saturday night and stole a laptop off the kitchen table in a residence on the 100 block of College Place in Ypsilanti.
No suspects were identified in the case by the YPD.
A 25-year-old man was arrested by Ypsilanti Police Officers at 4 a.m. Saturday after allegedly assaulting his 24-year-old girlfriend, and his 26-year-old friend was also arrested for public intoxication and interfering with a police investigation.
Officers arrived at the scene, which was reported originally as a fight, on the 1100 block of Huron River Drive in Ypsilanti, to find all three intoxicated subjects in a wrestling match, YPD reported. Investigation revealed this fight stemmed from an earlier altercation inside a nearby apartment.
Attempted home invasion
Two suspects fled after a neighbor confronted them while they were breaking into the ground-floor bedroom window of a residence at about 5:50 p.m. Saturday on the 2900 block of West Clark Road in Ypsilanti Township.
The WCSO reported that the neighbor walked out the building's back door and saw the two men standing near the window they had just smashed. The neighbor made contact with them, then called 911.
The two suspects, who fled on foot, have not been identified, but are both described as black men, one about 23 years of age, and the other about 20 years of age, 150 lbs., clean-shaven with short hair.
Anyone with information about any criminal activity in their community is asked to call the WCSO tip line at 734-973-7711 or Ypsilanti Police Department at 734-483-9510 .