Man robbed during armed home invasion near WMU's campus

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Five people are facing charges in  connection to an armed home invasion and robbery near Western Michigan  University’s campus Tuesday.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public  Safety said around 10:45 p.m. a man was forced into his home at  gunpoint. Several items were stolen from the home, located in the 1600  block of Knollwood Avenue near WMU’s Lawson Ice Arena.

A short  time, police say the suspect vehicle was seen driving near the area of  Grand Avenue and W. Main Street. As police pursued, two suspects got out  of the vehicle.

The  car was stopped a short distance away near the intersection of Woodware  Avenue and Mabel Street in the city’s Northside neighborhood. Officers  found stolen property inside the vehicle, which were returned to the  victim, according to a KDPS news release.

The driver and two other  suspects — all 19-year-old Kalamazoo residents — were arrested.  Authorities are also requesting charges for two additional suspects, the  release said.

The charges include first-degree home invasion,  armed robbery, felony firearm, fleeing and eluding, unlawful  imprisonment, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, carrying a concealed  weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, larceny  from a vehicle and accessory after the fact.

Anyone with  information is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety  at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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