Manistee police look for man who robbed homeowner at gunpoint

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MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Manistee Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a man they say broke into a home early Monday morning.

The department says they received a home invasion call around 12:18 a.m. on the 400 block of 2nd Street.

Investigators say a man, who was wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, forced his way into the home and demanded cash.

The 75-year-old victim was not injured.

The Manistee Police Department says the armed man was wearing dark colored clothing and is described as being between 5' and 5' 3" tall.

Community members and those who live in the area are taking matters into their own hands. Julia Sullivan Cook leads the neighborhood watch in the area the burglary happened. She is encouraging the community to take part in the "Light It Up" campaign.

"Everybody turns on their porch lights, back lights, any lights they have and leave them on all night, a way to show solidarity," Sullivan Cook said. "I was so angry when I heard this happened, this isn't going to happen in our community."

This investigation comes after an interdepartmental investigation into a home invasion in the 440 block of 3rd Street on Wednesday, January 24, according to Timothy Kozal, Director of Manistee Public Safety.

Investigators say a 35-year-old Manistee resident was arrested on a parole violation.

Detectives say numerous items that were stolen from home invasions in Manistee were recovered to include a stolen handgun.

Charges of home invasion, receiving and concealing stolen property, felon in possession of a handgun and felony firearm are being presented to the Manistee County Prosecutor's Office.

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