By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
It has been a busy month of May so far for the Huron Township Police Department.
Since the beginning of the month, the department has made eight felony arrests involving handgun related incidents.
On May 5, the Huron Township Police Department responded to the 26000 block of Geneva Street after a call came into dispatch of a man with a gun.
Witnesses reported that a group of males were actively chasing another group of males with a handgun.
Police Chief Everette Robbins said that officers responded within minutes and set up a perimeter around the residence containing the situation.
Mark Edward Perry, a Huron Township Resident, was located and arrested. Perry is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a four year felony sentence, a two year mandatory felony firearms charge and a second time habitual offender charge.
Perry has been arraigned and is being held on a $50,000/10% bond.
On May 7, Huron officers responded to the 22000 block of Pillette Place in the Huron Estates Mobile Home Community regarding an assault in progress involving a handgun.
Robbins said that officers responded quickly to this call and set up a perimeter around the residence.
Based on the information about a weapon being present, the situation was handled as a barricaded gunman incident.
After several hours of negotiations, four people inside the home surrendered to police.
The victim of the assault was able to escape the residence before negotiations started and was transported to a local hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.
Huron Township resident Manuel Rubalcaba and Lincoln Park resident Shelby Breton were arrested and charged with felony armed robbery, a possible life sentence, two counts of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, both four year sentences and a mandatory two year felony firearms charge.
Rubalcaba and Breton were arraigned and given $100,000/10% bonds.
On May 11, Huron officers responded to the 22000 block of Duvalle in regards to a disturbance at a residence.
Upon arrival, a 36 year old Huron resident was arrested for being a felon in possession of a handgun, which was recovered by police.
This suspect is awaiting charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.
“Although on the surface, eight felony arrests involving handguns in one week can seem like we have a bigger problem. I want our residents to know that none of these incidents were random and all were pretty isolated to certain complexes within our community. We are being very proactive to problem areas within the community and are seeing the results,” said Robbins.
“I want to continue to commend our Officers for their continued hard work. The arrests in these cases are possible based on the officers quick response and the experience that each of them bring to our residents every day. The results speak for themselves on a daily basis,” he said.
Robbins noted that the department is working closely with the management of the Huron Estates Mobile Home Community, with plans to evict people through legal means who commit crimes inside their neighborhood.
On May 2, four residents were arrested in Huron Estates and charged with multiple assault and felony firearms charges after a resident was pistol whipped with a loaded handgun.
“(Huron Estates) remains committed to having a part time police officer in their community and have been a very supportive community partner. We are all working for the same goal and will continue to make progress,” Robbins said.
“My hope is that our residents will realize that those committing crimes are just a small group of people within these neighborhoods. Most of the residents of Huron Estates are good, law abiding people who work hard to provide for their family. They want and deserve to live without these distractions and that is our intent moving forward. We will continue to partnership with the Huron Estates management to hold those accountable who commit crime and disrupt the community.”