Break-in case moves forward

ESCANABA – A 28-year-old Escanaba man, accused of entering an occupied home in Ford River Township earlier this month, was bound over to circuit court on a charge of first-degree home invasion Thursday.

Jacob Michael Calouette appeared before Judge Glenn Pearson who presided over the half-hour preliminary examination in Delta County District Court.

Pearson forwarded the case to the higher court based on sufficient evidence showing probable cause that Calouette matched the general description of the intruder in the home and was attempting to commit a larceny.

Calouette allegedly entered a home on 11.5 Road while the homeowners were sleeping in bed, according to testimony presented by a victim who fired two shots at the suspect while he was running from the residence.

The victim testified, at around 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 11 he heard noises in the home and went downstairs to investigate. He said he heard the suspect going into his wife’s purse and got a glimpse of the man before he ran away.

The victim testified he found the man by the doorway; the victim pointed a loaded gun at him, and said, “Don’t move.” The suspect told him, “Don’t shoot me,” and then ran from the house. The homeowner checked on his wife upstairs then notified police, he said.

A Delta County Sheriff deputy also testified Thursday, recounting how law enforcement responded and set up a perimeter on four roads surrounding the property. The deputy said when he saw a man on the roadway, he drove closer and the man fled into the woods.

Calouette was apprehended in the woods shortly after by police who arrested him on one count of home invasion, a 20-year felony. Calouette remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond.

In addition to testimony, other evidence presented at the preliminary hearing included a copy of a receipt found in Calouette’s possession. The victim said the receipt belonged to his wife and had been in her purse.