Homeowner fights, holds down suspect who broke into home

Posted at 2:53 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 15:35:52-04

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said a homeowner fought with and then held down a suspect who broke into his home early Wednesday morning in Harrison Township.

According to deputies, the man was preparing to leave for work and started his vehicle to warm it up. When he went back inside, he heard two loud bangs. That's when the locked front door flew open and the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Erik Niedzwiecki, came inside.

The man started fighting with Niedzwiecki while his wife called 911 and stayed on the line until deputies arrived. He eventually held down Niedzwiecki until they arrived.

According to deputies, the husband received minor injuries during the incident but refused medical treatment. The couple's two children were also inside the home at the time of the break-in.

Niedzwiecki was arrested and on Thursday, arraigned on four charges including 2nd degree home invasion, malicious destruction of a building, malicious destruction of private property and aggravated assault.