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65-Year-Old Woman Tied Up And Choked By Home Intruder

Plainfield, MI – A 65-year-old woman was bound and strangled until she lost consciousness during a home invasion in the Belmont neighborhood last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), a 54-year-old Grand Rapids man broke into the woman’s home near Packer Drive and Van Dam Drive Northeast in the early morning hours of March 24 and tied her up, MLive reported.

The suspect, who claimed to be a “hit man,” was allegedly armed with a handgun and threatened to kill the woman, according to investigators.

He then allegedly proceeded to strangle the victim until she passed out, MLive reported.

The bound woman was discovered inside her home by an acquaintance at approximately 10 a.m. that day, according to WZZM.

Details regarding her condition were not immediately released.

Investigators said the suspect was known to the victim’s family and described the attack as a “targeted incident,” MLive reported.

A statewide bulletin was issued for his arrest was issued to law enforcement agencies, and investigators later located the suspect’s abandoned vehicle on a two-track road, according to the news outlet.

He was spotted walking in Ada Township near Pettis Avenue and Knapp Street Northeast on Sunday afternoon and was arrested without incident, MLive reported.

Investigators said the suspect was in possession of multiple credit cards belonging to the victim at the time of his arrest.

He had also allegedly used the cards at area stores.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released, nor was a motive.

He has been charged with armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, first-degree home invasion, two counts of felony firearm, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm or by strangulation, MLive reported.

The suspect is being held at the Kent County Jail, according to WZZM.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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