Man faces multiple felonies for home invasion

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — A 21-year-old Detroit man could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious among several felony charges in the home invasion and robbery of an elderly Southgate woman.

Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said Kevin
Vincent-Lynn Jones was video arraigned last week before 28th District Court Judge James Kandrevas on charges related to the break-in of a 92-year-old woman’s house last month. Jones was apprehended earlier this month in Livingston County, allegedly driving the woman’s stolen 2001 Ford Taurus.

Coombs said the investigation to identify a second suspect continues.

“According to the person whose home was invaded there was a second person,” Coombs said. “Investigators continue trying to locate a second person.”

In late May the woman called police and said two men had kicked in a side door of her house in the 13000 block of Sycamore.

One man went upstairs and stole a TV, jewelry
and other valuables, and also the keys to the woman’s car, in which they drove away after a second man — who’d remained downstairs with the woman and was armed — bound her hands.

Smith was charged on Wednesday with armed robbery, punishable by up to life in prison; first-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony; unlawful imprisonment; unarmed robbery; motor vehicle theft; larceny in a building; and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Additional charges were filed in Livingston County including fleeing and eluding. State police and county sheriff patrols identified the Taurus as having improper plates on June 3 and took Jones and another man in custody after a two-county chase.

Jones remained in custody in Livingston County on a bond of $1 million, Coombs said.

A preliminary examination of evidence is scheduled for Thursday in Wyandotte’s 27th District Court.

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