NORTH BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI – On Friday, January 30th, 2015, at 3:43 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Five Lakes Road in North Branch Township for a home invasion in progress.
An 11-year-old girl was home alone when a vehicle entered the driveway. An individual knocked on all the doors; following not getting a response; forced entry into the residence.
The 11-year-old locked herself within a bathroom and hide in a closet with a shot-gun. The bathroom was eventually forced open and the bathroom closet where the 11-year-old was hiding opened by the suspect. The 11-year-old aimed the shot-gun at the suspect resulting in them fleeing from the residence. The 11-year-old was not harmed during the encounter.
The suspect’s vehicle was located in Imlay City about thirty minutes after the event and stopped by Imlay City Police; Almont Police Department; Michigan State Police; and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies. Occupants were taken into custody without event.
James Wasson of Detroit was arraigned Sunday in Lapeer District Court on home invasion, burglary and firearms charges. Rhonda Stewart of Detroit was arraigned on home invasion.
The case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.