By Scott Bolthouse
Just after 4:30 a.m., 19-year-old John Wysocki of Belleville entered the home in the 27900 block of South Mockingbird through the garage after he used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle to open the automatic door.
When the homeowner woke and saw Wysocki in his house, the robber fled the home, Police Chief Everette Robbins said.
The resident then took his legally owned handgun and searched for Wysocki while he called 911.
When the resident found him outside hiding under a nearby vehicle, he held him at gunpoint until Huron Township Police arrived on scene.
“The homeowner in this situation did everything right and my hat is off to him,” Robbins said.
“This is a situation that could have ended much differently. Fortunately for everyone involved, the suspect complied and the homeowner did not discharge his weapon. Thankfully dispatch got the information out quickly and our officer was on the scene very quickly before the situation had time to escalate.”
Robbins said that the responding Huron Township police officer was already on a routine check of the nearby Fallkirk Subdivision when the call came in reporting the home invasion. That officer was on scene within a minute of being dispatched.
Wysocki, according to police, had previously broken into the same resident’s vehicle and garage, and he had items that belonged to the resident in his possession when he was arrested.
A second suspect, Ryoji Patton, 22, also from Belleville, was arrested when Huron Police detectives and evidence technicians were investigating the scene.Police believe that both men broke into several houses and vehicles in the overnight hours of July 2. Robbins said evidence from other break-ins was found and that the investigation into those crimes is ongoing.
“Our officers spend a lot of time patrolling in the neighborhoods during the overnight hours and this is a great example of why we do. We want our residents to sleep well at night knowing that we are close by should they need us,” Robbins said.
“We believe that the suspect may have been able to enter this garage and residence by accessing a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle in the driveway. It is a good time to remind our residents to lock their houses and vehicles. It is never a bad idea to take your garage door opener in at night if you can. Many people leave the door from the garage into their residence unlocked because their garage door is closed. We are reminding residents to lock that door as well and give yourself that extra layer of protection.”
Wysocki was charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor with first degree home invasion, which carries a 20-year prison sentence.
Patton was charged with felony larceny, receiving and concealing stolen property, and possession of marijuana and could spend more than nine years in prison for his involvement.
Both are being held in the Wayne County Jail.
“It is unfortunate that some people feel the need to take things that others work hard for. However, when it does happen, this is how the end result is supposed to be, the good guys safe and the criminals locked up where they belong. My hope is that this stopped a rash of larcenies and break ins before they had an opportunity to really get started this summer,” Robbins said.
“Unfortunately these crimes happen in every town, city, and neighborhood. We have a great and safe community because we all work together during incidents such as this. I ask that everyone stay vigilant and look out for one another.”