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News Release

Updated: 500-17 Home invasion/Armed Robbery

UPDATE: 4/20/17

Suspects Arrested:

Spencer Marbley, 23-year-old man from Kalamazoo Michigan 

Leo Cottle, 19-year-old man from Kalamazoo Michigan 

Michael Bird, 19-year-old man from Kalamazoo Michigan 

Jalin Beebe, 19-year-old man from Bangor Michigan 

Caleb Johson, 20-year-old man from Bloomingdale Michigan

MARBLEY                                                                                 BIRD                                                                                 COTTLE                                                                                  BEEBE                                                                                JOHNSON

 Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that five individuals involved in this investigation were held this morning in preliminary examination in South Haven District Court on charges of Armed Robbery resulting in serious injury, Home Invasion 1st degree and Felony Firearm charges. 

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office developed persons of interest almost immediately and began to follow-up on such leads. 

Investigators were able to develop enough evidence to charge all five individuals and arrested each on the above listed charges.

Several investigators from the Sheriff’s Office worked  numerous hours and have continually been working on this investigation since it occurred.

This investigation is ongoing as more arrests for persons involved maybe made.

Upon completion of testimony given by investigators today from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, all five suspects have been bound over to Circuit Court for trial.

Original News Release

Nature of Incident:   

  1. Home Invasion
  2. Felonious Assault
  3. Armed Robbery

 Incident #:

 500-17

 Date & Time: 

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at approximately 2200 hours

Location:   

15000 Block of 41st Street, Bloomingdale Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan. 

Victim:             

53 Year old male

 Suspects: 

  1. Black male approximately 18-23 years of age 6’2 slim build

  2. Black male approximately 18-23 years of age 5’8 slim build

  3. Black male approximately 18-23 years of age 5’6 slim build

  4. White male approximately 18-23 years of age 5’6 slim buil

Injuries:

53 year old victim had a large laceration to his head along with several facial lacerations.  Victim was transported via ambulance to the hospital.

 Narrative:  

Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that late last night the Van Buren Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a 53 year old male was sitting at home on his couch when he received a knock at the door. When he answered the door 4 male subject made entry into his home assaulting him by pistol whipping him in the head. One on the black male suspects pointed a gun at the victims head and advised the victim to open his safe. The male victim scared for his life opened the safe. Once inside the safe the 4 male stole several hand guns and long guns from the victim and an unknown amount of money. The victim advised that he was assaulted so bad that he lost consciousness for about an hour. When the victim came around he advised that his phone was broken and had to drive to a neighbor’s house in order to call the police. Deputy Abigal Reimink arrived on scene and was able to conduct an interview with the victim before he was transported to the hospital.

Detectives with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate and process the crime scene. Detectives with the Sheriff’s office are currently following up on any and all information on this case. If you have any information on this case please contact the sheriff’s office at 269-657-3101. 

Arrest: 

None at this time 

Investigating Deputy:  

Deputy Abigail Reimink, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

Assisting Officers: 

Deputy Rob Miersma

Deputy Daniel Rowse

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau

Assisting Agencies:  

VBEMS

Supervisor Contact: 

The on duty sergeant can be reached at 269-657-3101 or Operations Lieutenant Jim Charon can be reached at 269-657-2006/e-mail: charonj@vbco.org.

Jim Charon