Fingerprint Leads to Home Invasion, Assault Suspect

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-29 17:23:16-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – A parole violator is being held at the Kent County Jail after evidence at a home invasion in Grand Rapids last week linked him to a knife assault.

Curtis Lee Hopkins, 48, is charged with 1st Degree Home Invasion and Assault with Intent to Commit Murder after a break-in at a home in the 400 block of Prospect Avenue SE on July 25th.

Investigators say a resident at the home was awoken shortly before 4:00 a.m. to an intruder.  The female resident confronted the suspect, who then assaulted the resident with a knife.  The woman suffered minor injuries in the attack according to police.

Another resident at the home began screaming at the suspect during the assault, causing the suspect to run from the residence.  A search of the immediate area shortly after the crimes failed to yield an arrest.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Forensic Services Unit was able to process a latent fingerprint at the scene belonging to the suspect, later identified as Hopkins, who was arrested on Monday and charged Tuesday with the above mentioned crimes.

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Curtis Lee Hopkins (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections from April 24, 2012)

Hopkins criminal record includes past convictions for misdemeanor aggravated assault, felony breaking and entering and failing to register as a sex offender.

Online records with the Michigan Department of Corrections also show he’s served prison time for breaking and entering a vehicle with damage to the vehicle.  He was currently on supervised parole for that sentence following his release from prison in October of 2013.