Homeowner assaulted, robbed at gunpoint in early morning break-in

Posted at 8:09 PM, Nov 30, 2019

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Ionia County Sheriff’s Department deputies are looking for a man who broke into a home, assaulted the homeowner and stole a truck.

The homeowners on Keefer Highway called 9-1-1 at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, telling dispatchers they were being robbed.

According to police, one of the homeowners armed themselves, but was attacked by the stranger. During the scuffle, shots were fired and the suspect took the gun from the homeowner. The man, later identified as Robert John Briggs, then demanded the keys to the homeowner’s pickup and drove away.

No one was hit by the gunfire and police are now searching for the truck and the 52-year-old Charlotte resident pictured in this article. The truck is dark gray 2014 GMC Sierra pickup with Michigan license plate 8GPT8.

If you have any information on Briggs’ whereabouts or this incident, please call the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 527-0400 or contact your local police.