FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - When Julie Larson's house was burglarized, her neighbor from across the street and a friend followed the suspect and called police.
24 Hour News 8 has obtained the 911 calls, and those recordings reveal they were not the only people in the neighborhood that came to help.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. March 21 in the 4900 block of S. Sheridan Drive in Fruitport Township at 19-year-old Larson's home.
Larson said the suspect, 49-year-old Milton Marshall, tried to escape out a back sliding glass door, but there was a piece of wood in the way and the door wouldn't open.
"I was just screaming and yelling, and he ran around me and I grabbed the house phone and called 911," Larson told 24 Hour News 8.
You can hear Larson's intensity during the 911 calls. "Somebody just broke into my house and they're running down the street!" Larson said to the 911 dispatcher.
She ran to the end of her driveway waving her arms, trying to get anyone's attention to help her stop the fleeing suspect. Luckily, Felicia Lynn and Savannah Olmsted happened to be pulling out of Lynn's driveway across the street.
A couple of vehicles with teenagers inside rolled up to the scene; one of the teenagers was on the phone with 911. "Yeah, pass 'em. Pass 'em... and we have him right here on Ellis, He's right here walking," the caller said.
Marshall was arrested after authorities arrived. Alleged accomplice, Todd Lemieux, was tracked down by a police K-9 unit, and officers from the Norton Shores Police Department, Roosevelt Park Police Department, Muskegon County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police. Authorities followed his footprints in the snow to an area near Cline Road and S. Walker Road and took him into custody.
On March 22 when Lemieux was formally charged, he pleaded not guilty and perfunctorily responded to Magistrate John Wiewiora's questions. He is being held on $50,000 bond.
Marshall started his arraignment by saying, "What's up, dog?" to Wiewora. Then when the magistrate asked how he wanted to plea, Marshall responded, "Guilty." Wiewora entered in a guilty plea on Marshall's behalf until the suspect could talk to an attorney.
Marshall then proceeded to ask the magistrate, "Is there any way possible that I could, um you know, I get like even if it is my fifth offense as we talked. I know I'm going to get the book slapped at my a** anyways, but just spur of the moment right, is there any way I could get probation or like whatever?"
The magistrate replied that would not be up to him and assigned Marshall a $100,000 bond.
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