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UPDATE: Indiana man arraigned in North Shore Estates home robbery

3:12 PM, Jan 30, 2008   |    comments
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A 29-year-old Lafayette, Ind., man was arraigned Monday on felony charges connected to a North Shore Estates home invasion and armed robbery on Saturday night. Meanwhile, investigators have released new details in the case. Jeremy Lee Wilkinson was charged in Ottawa County District Court on five counts in the incident: armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony. Judge Richard Kloote set Wilkinson's bond at $100,000. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department worked Monday morning to positively identify the suspect and bring the case before prosecution. After a nationwide search of the suspect's fingerprints, police presented prosecutors with a five-count arrest warrant late Monday afternoon, Lt. Mark Bennett said. According to Indiana Department of Corrections records, Wilkinson was previously jailed for cocaine dealing in 1997. He was released from jail in January 2006. Wilkinson's charges come two days after an armed robbery at a home on North Shore Estates Drive in Spring Lake Township. The Sheriff's Department said the couple returned to their home around 5:30 p.m. and found two men inside with guns. Lt. Mike Brookhouse said the homeowner got out of the couple's car and was ready to walk into the house when he was confronted by a suspect who sprayed an unknown chemical in his eyes. Palmatter was then tied up and assaulted, Bennett said. The victim's wife, who remained in the couple's car, was able to sneak out of the garage and call 911.

By Chris Epplett, Grand Haven Tribune

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