TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A man was arrested on charges of stalking and home invasion after the victim's boyfriend, an off-duty police officer, apprehended the suspect in her home.
Laura Bolen, 28, and her boyfriend left her Texas Township residence Wednesday night to go to the Griffins hockey game in Grand Rapids.
The couple returned around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to her home on Woodrush Avenue. Once inside, Bolen let her dog Oreo out of his cage and noticed a dog treat in the kennel that she had not put there.
"There was some Milkbone dog treats and a toy in the crate with my dog, and I don't even have those kind of treats, so I thought that was weird," she told 24 Hour News 8.
Oreo ran downstairs into another room and began barking.
Bolen's boyfriend followed Oreo and saw a knife-wielding male intruder hiding behind some curtains.
The boyfriend, a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer, detained the suspect until Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputies arrived.
"And I get around the corner and I see he's got somebody, one of my coworkers, on the ground," said Bolen.
The 34-year-old suspect, who Bolen said works with her at a post office, was arrested.
"We're trying to go through the details with him as to who he is and what kind of contact there's been with anybody at the residence. This does not appear to be a random act. This appears to be something that this person who we have arrested had some knowledge of the victim," said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.
The investigation revealed the suspect had been stalking Bolen for an undetermined amount of time, unbeknownst to her, police said.
When Bolen and her boyfriend left for the game, the suspect broke into her home to "look around," according to a news release.
At some point, the suspect put a GPS tracking device on Bolen's car prior to this incident, police said.
The suspect will likely be arraigned on charges of stalking and home invasion Friday.
"We're fortunate that an off-duty officer was there, but at the same time the homeowner recognized some things that were out of place or something that was different," said Fuller. "I tell people all the time pay attention to what you think is real. You know, when you see something in your home that doesn't make sense 'cause you didn't leave it like that, you need to check it or call the police and we can check it."
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