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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/11/13
Home invader appears
before circuit court judge
by CHRIS GRAYFelony charges are being leveled against a Romeo man in Macomb County Circuit Court for breaking into a home and attacking its inhabitants.
Observer Staff Writer
Nicholas Duronio, 22, of Romeo is being charged with first-degree home invasion for incidents that occurred at a Bruce Township home on June 26.
Duronio, a 2009 Romeo High School graduate, appeared before Judge Diane Druzinski at the Macomb County Circuit Court on Sept. 9. He waived the arraignment, with a pretrial conference scheduled for Oct. 2.
Duronio was originally charged with third-degree home invasion, but the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office sought more severe charges due to police reports stating Duronio assaulted the homeowner while fleeing.
Reports say Duronio broke into the home's garage and attempted to gain entry to the homeowner's vehicle. The homeowner tried to stop him and was attacked before Duronio escaped.
Officers searched the area and found Duronio by matching him with a description given by the homeowners.
Prior to his appearance in circut court, Duronio came before Judge Denis LeDuc of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on Aug. 27. He was given a bond of $25,000 and the circuit court date was set.
A writ of habeas corpus was required to bring him to district court, as he was being held at the Montcalm County Jail for probation violation and obstructing justice. Habeas corpus commands a government official or individual to produce a prisoner at a designated time and place.
Duronio was previously restricted with a GPS tether and an alcohol tether by LeDuc and given a $10,000 bond.