For Immediate Release
July 22, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES MAN FOR HOME INVASION AND RAPE
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — A 24 year old man was apprehended Saturday, July 20, 2019, after leading the police on a chase from the scene of a home invasion where he sexually assaulted a 37 year old female resident of the home.
Today, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged George Harris Patterson with Home Invasion First Degree, a 20-year felony, Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree, which carries a maximum life-sentence, and Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer, a 2-year felony.
Police and prosecutors allege that Patterson targeted the victim while riding his bike past her home. As the victim went into her home, Patterson entered the home without her knowledge. While inside the home, Patterson physically and sexually assaulted her over a period of time. Thereafter, Patterson fled the scene on his bike.
Police responded immediately with a canine unit and trailed the suspect to the area of 7 Mile and Van Dyke, when the canine lost the scent. At that time, the Police set up a perimeter, and Patterson was seen fleeing the area. After a short foot chase, Patterson was apprehended by the officers of the Warren Police Department. Prosecutor Eric Smith stated, “I can’t imagine any circumstance more terrifying than what this victim was forced to endure. Thankfully our victim reached out for help right away.”
Based on a detailed description of the perpetrator, the Warren PD was able to immediately identify and arrest the suspect. Smith continued, “The Warren Police Department should be commended for their swift action in apprehending such a dangerous individual. The community can rest easier knowing this violent individual is off the street.”
Patterson was arraigned today in the 37th District Court before the Honorable Matthew Sabaugh. Judge Sabaugh denied Patterson bond based not only on the severity of these crimes, but also due to his prior record.