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3 Arrested For 20 Home Invasions In Warren And Surrounding Area

A teen girl hiding in a basement alerted police

May 31, 2019 - 4:36 pm
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WARREN (WWJ) - Three men are behind bars, charged in at least 20 home invasions in Warren and surrounding communities.

The trio was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after they forced entry into a Warren home while a terrified teen hid in the basement.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer is crediting the 15-year-old girl, who immediately called 911, leading to a break in the case.

"This young lady was so brave; it was just incredible," Dwyer told reporters at a news conference Friday.

"She was cool, calm collected," he added, turning to her parents who stood to his left. "I mean, I don't think many 15 year olds could do what your daughter did. It was absolutely amazing."
 
Police officers arrived within about five minutes, finding the suspect still inside the home. Police said one of the men had stolen property in his pockets. The teen was not physically hurt.

The suspects, identified as 28-year-old Carlton Ashford, 26-year-old Cedrik Ashford and 20-year-old Dejhan Marshall -- all already known to police -- were taken into custody at the scene. 

Dwyer said police were able to link the three men to multiple additional home invasions; typically targeting senior citizens ranging in age from 68 to 88 in Warren, Fraser and Roseville.

"With the information and the arrests, that led us to five search warrants evacuated yesterday; four in the city of Detroit and one in Eastpointe," Dwyer said. "And it was executed by 20 members of the investigative services bureau...We found a lot of property that was taken in several home invasions. It was recovered and seized."

The recovered property, he said, included more than 200 pieces of jewelry. 

"And if you look at some of the jewelry, you might think that's just kinda maybe costume jewelry," he said. "But, you know what? That jewelry goes back to 1967. You know how personal that is?" 

Mayor Jim Fouts said he will not tolerate such crimes in Warren.

"I want Warren resident to know and I want any would-be felon to know that if you invade a home in Warren, our police are not going to stop at the border," Fouts said. "We're gonna go to whatever city that it takes to get you."

The investigation is ongoing.