Thursday, November 26, 2009
By Danielle Quisenberry
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Two men are facing criminal charges after police said they broke into a Napoleon Township home Tuesday morning and assaulted the female occupant. The men entered the home in the 6200 block of Brooklyn Road, near Wells Road and the county gravel pit, and hit the 49-year-old woman, according to a township police news release. Police said a metal flashlight was used as a weapon.
The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Allegiance Health. The severity of her injuries was unclear Wednesday morning.
The pair took several items, including a rifle, and left on foot through an area thick with trees, brush and swamps.
Officers, called to the scene about 10:55 a.m., went looking for the suspects. Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Easter and his dog assisted. Undersheriff Tom Finco arranged for a Michigan State Police helicopter to further assist the effort, but the men were arrested before the helicopter arrived, according to the news release from township Chief Michael Curry.
The two went west, got a ride from Moon Lake Road, were followed by off-duty township Officer Christopher Desnoyer, and stopped by a state police car on South Street near Hoyer Road.
A hunter, who had earlier seen the alleged culprits, was later contacted and helped police find some items taken from the house, the flashlight and a T-shirt, which had been used to wrap one of the suspect's hand after he hurt it breaking a window.
Napoleon Township police also were assisted by Columbia Township police and Leoni Township public safety.