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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who lives along flooded Abrigador Trail in Comstock Park now faces charges for allegedly shooting at a neighbor as she was evacuating and then vandalizing her home.
Mark Vandermolen is charged with home invasion, destruction of property and felony assault for the break-in and for allegedly shooting at Bruce Ling's wife.
Ling said the justice system has failed them. He said the couple has complained about Vandermolen before, but the latest trouble started Thursday as his wife was on the flooded back deck.
"I get back to the house and my wife was as white as a sheet,' Ling recalled. "I said, 'What happened? She said, 'He shot at me.' I said, 'What?'"
Ling said Vandermolen fired three shots with a handgun. Ling's wife wasn't hurt. The couple escaped together on their boat.
"We kept our house between us and the boat and his house where the shots came from," said Ling.
The next day, they returned to find their home had been invaded. Their pontoon boat had also been cut loose and was floating down the Grand River.
Vandermolen, now free on bond, has a long criminal record. The couple had previously filed two personal protection orders against him.
"What created this type of person?" wondered Ling.
Ling returned to the house Tuesday.
"You can see the windows are all busted out," he showed 24 Hour News 8.
Additionally, the refrigerator and dishwasher were toppled and nearly everything was thrown in the flood water. There was damage to the toilet and sink the bathroom.
"We would have been fine with the water, but our neighbor, he took care of it for us," said Ling.
== Photos: House flooded, vandalized ==
The damage didn't stop there.
"There's stuff all over the floor," said Ling. "Pieces of our lives."
Now covered in muck and mud is his daughter's first cello strings, knick knacks, notes, children's artwork and photographs. A map of Michigan from 1898 that hung on the wall is gone.
The suspect left behind blood, which police say they are testing for DNA.
"Justice needs to be served. We've had this fellow in court three times and he's slid out each time. Hopefully the fourth time, justice will be served," said Ling.
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