Homeowner holds robber at gunpoint during home invasion in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

19-year-old John Wysocki. Photo courtesy of the Huron Township Police Department.

19-year-old John Wysocki of Belleville was held at gunpoint by the resident after he fled the home. Photo courtesy of the Huron Township Police Department.

A homeowner in Huron Township held a potential robber at gunpoint while he waited for police after the man broke into his home during the early morning hours of July 2, Huron Township Police say.

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.

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The second suspect, 22-year-old Ryoji Patton

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.”

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10 thoughts on “Homeowner holds robber at gunpoint during home invasion in Huron Township

  1. Elaine Lane

    I would hate to see the result if the homeowner wasn’t armed. No arrest, more robberies at the very least.

  2. Fellow Huron Twp Resident

    Chief Robbins, this homeowner did NOT do everything right. Please consult an attorney before you make statements like that.

    Please, we need to get this right. We have a RIGHT to protect ourselves, and our homes, from invaders, and with guns, if that is our choice.

    HOWEVER: We do NOT have a RIGHT to go CHASING fleeing invaders with those guns, and certainly do not have a RIGHT to hold them at gunpoint until police arrive. That is WAY outside the scope of our rights, and in fact violated the perpetrator’s. This could easily come back to bite him legally. The perpetrator is completely within his rights to claim (and would likely win for) false imprisonment, even psychological damage (punitive).

    MOST IMPORTANTLY: This homeowner put himself, and everyone in the immediate area, in *unnecessary danger* when he followed the perpetrator *anywhere.* He should NOT have done that. This could easily have erupted into a fight, shots end up fired, a stray bullet hits someone in a nearby house, a pet, etc. Totally avoidable, if the homeowner stays in his home and focuses on protecting himself and his home and lets the police do THEIR job. He’s lucky the kid got scared, and so is everyone else.

    1. Dan Engel

      With that kind of thinking, Imagine how it would have turned out if it was your house getting broke into by these savages. Think twice about what you say. The police can’t always be close by. You might as well leave the house unlocked and the lights on for them.

      1. Fellow Huron Twp Resident

        To Dan: he did basically leave the house unlocked, but that’s totally besides the point, and has nothing to do with my opinion. We all accidentally leave our cars unlocked from time to time; we’re human.

        I think perhaps the point of my post has been missed here though. I am in strong support of using weapons for self defense reasons. I am CPL qualified and own two handguns personally, one of which is in a prepared state in case of a break-in situation such as the one our fellow resident unfortunately experienced. So, should it come to be that it is indeed my home which is invaded by ‘these savages’ in the future, as you suggest… well, the probability that they will actually succeed in doing whatever they came in there to do is marginal at best.

        I’m also in strong support of the people that rob/hurt other people being caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, including max jail time. No doubt. Tack on 1000 hours of highway cleanup, weekly check-ins, and a tether after that jail time every time too, for good measure… 😀

        But I digress. If you own guns as I do, and want to use them for self/home defense, you have to understand what that means. Just as it is our right to own weapons, it is our responsibility to know how to use them, and when we are allowed to, within the law. In short, the resident pointing the gun at the robber hiding under the car was not doing it out of self-defense.

        Use of a gun, whether fired or not, is only considered to be in self defense (and thus, legal) when great bodily harm is imminently threatened (or perceived). It’s common sense. If the robber is hiding and/or retreating, how could the person they are hiding or running from feel that great harm to their body is being threatened?…

        I guess the point is, We DON’T become an honorary police officer when someone tries to wrong us in some way, whether in our own home or not. It just doesn’t work that way (even I sometimes wish it did). If you grab your gun because you believe someone has entered your home, it is NOT all of a sudden your job, or your intended right, to start going and clearing the rooms of your house like they do in NCIS and other TV shows/movies. The idea when is that you are supposed to call the actual Police, get everyone present into the safest possible room in the house, and that you stay there, with your gun, until police arrive and clear your home of invaders. If in the meantime, the invader(s) enters that room, or you happen to encounter them before you get to that room, you definitely have the right to shoot them. Having said all that…

        You want to know what would have happened if he had killed or hurt that kid after finding him hiding under a nearby car? He’d have been charged with murder in the first degree, or the respective attempt at it. I’m not exaggerating. The fact that the kid was trying to rob his home *prior* to that point (twice) would actually make the situation worse, most likely, as the killing/attempt at it would more clearly be a crime of vengeance and in premeditation.

        You want to know what would have happened if he had fired his weapon, and missed? He’d have hit something else. Because bullets always go somewhere. We are responsible for the damage we cause by our bullets, whether it was accidental or not. He hits that car, and it isn’t his? Civil lawsuit for actual damages from the owner/lienholder. He hits a traffic light? Give it a year or two, he’ll get a bill from someone. He hits a different person, and kills them? Manslaughter. And a whole plethora of options in between.

        You want to know what is totally possible now, even though he didn’t fire the gun? If the robber/his immediate family have any legal sense and/or a slightly-less-than-average sense of dignity, the resident will get sued for falsely imprisoning the robber and causing him major psychological damage. The resident could be stuck in a costly legal battle, with the guy that tried to rob HIM, for years!

        If our Police Chief, whom I respect very greatly, would have done a bit more thinking/consulting on the details prior to making statements about the appropriateness of the resident’s actions, I wouldn’t have felt the need to comment at all… But his endorsement of the resident’s behaviors going unchecked, more than anything, could get a lot of citizens into major legal/psychological/physical trouble in the future… Maybe my comments won’t help, but I sure hope they do.

  3. Anonymous For Obvious Reasona

    Good job Huron Police, Ryoji Patton is a real scumbag, I myself have had my life threatened by him on multiple occasions back when the two of us were in high school. I hope he gets the maximum 9 years. Trash like this do not deserve to get away free. He’s a drug dealing (I know multiple people who get drugs from him, ranging from LSD to marijuana, from mushrooms to pills), low life. Thank you for getting this trash off our streets

    Sincerely, a concerned citizen.

    1. Completely agree!

      Completely agree! Complete scumbag that needs to do some time to realize how big of a loser he is. The day after this article, on his snapchat he posts pictures of “lean” and probably all the other drugs he sells to everyone


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