Teen likely facing home invasion charge after police search in Barry Co.

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jul 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-31 21:20:13-04

HOPE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 14-year-old in Barry County is expected to face a charge of home invasion.

Police responded Thursday afternoon to a home along the 7600 block of Miller Rd. in Hope Township

That’s where investigators say the teenager broke into a home while wielding a knife.

A homeowner scared him away.

Michigan State Police, Barry County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Barry Township were part of a search that involved canines and a helicopter.

According to state police, the teenage suspect was tracked and located by following his footprints.

The teen is now at home with his parents.

MSP Lt. Chuck Christensen says he expects the Barry County prosecutor to get the paperwork on the case tomorrow.

For now, the teenager will remain in the custody of his parents. Lt. Christensen says that’s common practice in cases involving juvenile offenders who are not facing charges that involved violent crimes.

Barry Township Chief Victor Pierce told FOX 17 the home invasion also led to what Pierce called a ‘miscommunication’ that sent officers to a second home in Hope Township.