A 28-year-old woman chased off three men who invaded her home early Wednesday morning. The three suspects then crashed their vehicle as they fled the scene.
The home invasion happened in the 6600 block of M-139 Highway at around 5 a.m. The homeowner, a 28-year-old woman, confronted the three men and chased them from the scene. A car pursuit followed in the northbound lane of M-139 Highway. The three suspects reportedly began to fire a gun at the victim, who was in another car still chasing them.
John Bennett lives just down the street from the victim's home and heard loud sounds coming from his street soon after he woke up Wednesday morning.
"It sounded like gunshots but who is making gunshots at 5 o'clock in the morning?" Bennet said. "It was just bang, bang, bang within five or six seconds."
The home the suspects reportedly broke into is far down a dark, dirt road. The three men specifically targeted the home in the 6600 block of M-139, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.
"They must have known where they were going because there is no way you end up an eighth of a mile down a dirt road that you wouldn't normally see," Bennett said.
The suspects’ vehicle eventually crashed at M-139 and Miners Road. The three men then fled the crash scene on foot.
Deputies from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene. They brought in a tracking K-9 to locate the three men.
Mario Jermain Clarke, Marcus Deshawn McNear and Trevor Truquille Demaine Sims were all arrested and taken to the Berrien County Jail on charges of first degree home invasion and assault with the intent to murder.
According to Lt. Robert Boyce, the suspects were acquainted with the victim but it is still unclear how they know each other.
Deputies also found a handgun, which is believed to be the weapon the suspects used.
The three men are scheduled to appear in court Thursday for arraignment.