Police officer accused of home invasion while on duty

It’s alleged that a former police officer was in uniform and on duty last December when he carried out a home invasion.

23 year old Jesse Holmes of Dowagiac has been charged with home invasion in the first degree since he was allegedly armed with a dangerous weapon at the time.

Sources tell NewsCenter 16 that the incident began with a medical call from a home near Eagle Lake on Christmas Day.

Holmes was one of the public safety officials who responded. At some point, it’s alleged that Holmes went inside the home and stole medications.

“My office charged Mr. Holmes on January 14th with two counts of, one being home invasion of the first degree, the other being a larceny in a building, for the theft of medication, actually pain killers from a private residence on South Shore Drive,” said Cass County Prosecutor Victory Fitz.

It’s unclear whether Holmes knew one of the occupants of the home was still inside the home at the time.

“Each case is individual in its facts and this case is no exception and those facts we expect will come out at some point in the judicial process,” said Fitz.

Holmes became a full time officer for Edwardsburg in March of 2013. He was let go on December 27th—two days after the alleged home invasion. His dismissal was blamed on his poor performance during the department’s one year probationary period for new hires.

Holmes waived a preliminary hearing on the charges earlier this week and is awaiting a trial date.