Police: suspect wielding 2 knives busts out second story window in attempt to flee

Posted at 12:39 PM, Apr 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-05 19:06:37-04

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police are investigating an alleged home invasion Saturday morning in which they say a houseful of women were threatened at knife point.

Officers responded to a home in the 800 block of Craft after receiving a call from a woman saying she was a guest at a home where a dispute was taking place involving a man with a knife.

Upon arrival, officers found the door of the residence ajar and heard the sound of a woman screaming from inside.  After announcing their presence, the suspect inside apparently tried to make a grand escape.

Officers say they saw as the suspect broke out a second story window, jumped through it onto the roof of the garage, and then to the ground. Police quickly detained the man and found he was armed with two knives.

Officers then secured the scene inside the house- finding five women; a resident and her guests.  The resident said the suspect had gained entry into the home after knocking on the door and forcing his way inside with a knife.  They allegedly said he threatened to kill her and demanded money.

While the suspect was in the process of gathering items to steal,  two of the women were able to flee the area and another able to barricade herself in a bathroom and call police.

The suspect is a 21-year-old man who officers say claims to be homeless. He suffered minor injuries while attempting to flee.  The women in the home during the incident ranged in age from 19-33. One of the victims did receive a minor cut on her hand defending herself.  She was treated on scene.

The case remains under investigation and will be forwarded to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office.