A rural Wakeman man is accused of using a neighbor's ladder to access his girlfriend's apartment where the suspect reportedly forced the 22-year-old woman to stay.
Joshua Q. Case, 23, of 4247 Zenobia Road, is charged with burglary and unlawful restraint in connection with the incident early Sunday investigated by the Wakeman Police Department. Police received a call from a friend of the victim's family about 5:45 a.m.
Chief Tim Hunker said the call came in "after the victim made it out of the residence" and she went to her grandfather's residence.
"He (Case) took a ladder off a neighbor's truck" and reportedly used it to access his girlfriend's second-story apartment in the village, Hunker said. The chief also said it appeared Case first attempted to gain access through the front door, but he wasn't able to get inside because of a deadbolt.
"He made her stay there and pushed her down a couple times," Hunker said.
"She had some marks on the back of her neck. She was shaken up more than anything else," the chief said.
The disturbance at the girlfriend's apartment woke up a neighbor.
"The neighbor dropped (Case) off south of the village," Hunker said.
Authorities tracked down the suspect at his mother's Zenobia Road house. The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted police in arresting Case about 7:45 a.m. He was transported to the Huron County Jail to await a bond hearing.
"He appeared to be under the influence of something, but (we) couldn't smell anything on him," Hunker said. "He's on felony probation for drug possession."
In August 2012, Case pleaded guilty to a local burglary. Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber handled the investigation of the May 2, 2012 incident which Huron County Public Defender David Longo has said was "essentially a sneak theft," which didn't involve any forced entry.
Case, after spending 94 days in jail, began attending GED classes and working part-time. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway fined him $500, ordered him to obtain his GED and undergo substance abuse counseling as part of his three years of probation. A violation could result in 18 months in prison.