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Township resident woken, fights with burglar


A family dog barking woke Bloomfield Township residents around midnight Saturday, November 21, who then discovered a burglar hiding in their home and as they called 911, they began to fight with him, before police arrived and arrested him.


The homeowner, who lives in the 800 block of Helston Court, called 911 after he said he woke up when he heard his dog barking. He then found a window and door open in the home. Moments later, his wife discovered a man hiding in their home, and while on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, the residents began to fight with the burglar – who eventually broke free and fled the home through the garage.


During the scuffle with the homeowners, the burglar dropped his cellphone and his key fob. The homeowner described the burglar as a black male, five-feet, ten-inches tall, wearing a black running suit with white stripes.


Bloomfield Township police arrived on the scene within minutes and began a search of the area. Three K-9 teams and the department's drone aided in the search. At approximately 4 a.m., an officer received a report of subject walking in the area of Manderford Road. Officers responded and observed a subject matching the suspect's description walking in the roadway.


Officers arrested the suspect, Bobby Lewis Foster, 24, of Detroit, and transported him to the Bloomfield Township police station. Foster's vehicle was located parked in a driveway a short distance from the victim's home.


On Monday, November 23, Foster was video-arraigned at 48th District Court in front of Magistrate Howard Linden on a three-count warrant of home invasion first degree, felony; aggravated assault, homeowner misdemeanor; and assault and battery, homeowner's wife, misdemeanor.


Foster was issued a $50,000 cash surety bond. He is lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

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