By Scott Bolthouse
One of two suspects who allegedly robbed a home in the 31900 block of Pennsylvania Road last week has been identified, according to Huron Township Police.
Chief Everette Robbins says that Chad Whitley, 37, has been identified thanks to the public’s help. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and police ask that anyone with knowledge of Whitley’s whereabouts call 911 or the Police Department at 734-753-4400.
“We have reason to believe that Mr. Whitley is well aware of the fact that we are looking to speak with him and may be in hiding,” said Robbins.
“My hope is that he will voluntarily turn himself in or get in contact with us to make arrangements with us so that this can be done in a safe manner for everyone. I will personally take his call as will any of our officers. We just want him to do the right thing and contact us.”
Whitley, who has multiple past assault and firearms charges, is facing a felony home invasion charge for his role in the Dec. 7 burglary. He is also facing a malicious destruction of property charge and a fourth time habitual offender charge.
A second suspect who teamed up with Whitley to rob the home has yet to be identified. Police still seek the public’s help in identifying that man.
“I know I say this repeatedly, but this is another example of the police department and the residents working together to keep our Township safe. We never lose sight of the fact that our success is many times dependent on the relationship that we have with the community and their willingness to help. We were able to identify this subject based on several tips from concerned citizens. We hope that if Mr. Whitley does not decide to turn himself in, someone will call us and help us take him into custody safely,” said Robbins.
Robbins said that the department has been particularly busy this week. On Tuesday, news broke that a Huron Township resident was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering after he was linked to multiple burglaries in the Vining, King and Huron River Drive areas.