For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Man Charged in Mt. Clemens Home Invasion and Robbery
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — A Detroit man is in custody for the alleged imprisonment and robbery of a Mt. Clemens woman in her home Tuesday night.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith today charged Lujuan Carl McCants, 40, with Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Home Invasion, Unlawful Imprisonment, Unlawful Driving Away of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The armed robbery charge is punishable by life or any term of years.
According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, McCants and others entered the Mt. Clemens home of Brenda Wilson late Tuesday night wearing masks. They secured Wilson’s ankles with duct tape and zip-tied her wrists, and held her at gunpoint as they ransacked the house.
The intruders took two shotguns, a compound bow, cash, jewelry, a television, and several Christmas presents. They left the scene in Wilson’s white Cadillac.
Wilson managed to free herself from the restraints and called police.
Officers observed the Cadillac soon after in the area of Dickerson and Filbert in Detroit. Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle, driven by McCants, after following it to an address in Eastpointe. Deputies found a black neoprene mask in the rear of the car. McCants was taken into custody by detectives from the Sheriff’s Office.
McCants previously served time for a 1992 armed robbery.
“We expect this to be the first in a series of arrests in this incident,” said Prosecutor Smith. “I applaud the Sheriff’s Office for locating this first man so quickly.”
“This suspect was taken off the streets in less than 48 hours,” said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “There’s something to be said for old-fashioned detective work and cooperation between law enforcement agencies. It’s very difficult to hide when dedicated professionals are looking for you.”