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Posted: 02/19/14

Two men arrested in Ray
Twp. for home invasion

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Macomb County deputies have arrested two men for an attempted home break-in in Ray Township.
       The Macomb County Sheriff's Office reports a homeowner who resides in the 24000 block of 29 Mile Road was summoned to his home on Feb. 12 by his burglar alarm activating.
       Upon arriving he encountered two men. One of the men was sitting in a red Pontiac Grand Am parked in the driveway, while the second was walking from the back of the house. Lt. John Michalke said when the homeowner confronted them and asked what they were doing, they drove away.
       "They provided explanations for why they were on the property, but the homeowner didn't believe what they were saying for their justification for being on his property," Michalke said.
       The homeowner pursued the men and contacted the sheriff's office. Deputies responded, and with the homeowner's assistance, located the vehicle near New Haven and Omo roads and placed the suspects in custody.
       Michalke said the deputies and homeowner returned to the house and noticed a screen was damaged and a door frame at the rear of the home was forced open with a prying tool.
       The men, David Diola, 31, of Harrison Township and Russell Hannan, 39, of Roseville were arrested for second-degree attempted home invasion, a five-year felony.
       They were arraigned on Feb. 13 at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, with Diola receiving a $200,000 bond and Hannan a $100,000 bond.
       Michalke said the sheriff's office was grateful for the homeowner's help in tracking the men, but recommends that residents avoid confrontations with suspects.
       "Be a good witness," he said. "We just caution people to not be confrontational, you don't know if they're armed."


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