Two arrested after 9-year-old alerts neighbor to home invasion in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two men are being held in the Oakland County Jail, charged in connection with a home invasion in Hazel Park.

Twenty-two-year-old Monte Rowe and thirty-four-year-old Clarence Wilson Jr. have been charged with armed robbery, first degree home invasion, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felon in possession of a firearm.

Jerome Brown was playing around on his tablet and his girlfriend was sitting on the couch inside his house Sunday evening when two men suddenly knocked on the door. 

Police say that on Sunday,  Wilson knocked on the door of a home in the 1200 block of east Muir. He reportedly told Jerome that answered that he knew his relative and then asked about car repairs before leaving.

Officers say that, a short time later, Wilson returned with Rowe and the two men forced their way into the home.

Once in the home, police say, Rowe and Wilson forced the 27-year-old woman and 30-year-old man who were inside to the floor at gunpoint, covered their heads with a blanket and demanded money. Officers say the men also began taking items from the home.

"They made me strip, they made me take my clothes off. I was down to my shorts. I didn't have a shirt on. They made my girlfriend lay by me on the floor. Then threw a blanket over our heads, get on the ground and put a blanket over our face,"  said Brown.

The woman's 9-year-old son was inside the home at the time of the incident and hid in the bedroom closet. Police say he escaped out the bedroom window when the men left the room and alerted a neighbor, who called police.

"I was scared because I didn't know what was going on," said 9 year old Jaden Kanka. "Then I could hear them talking in the living room. So I kind of knew but I wasn't that scared. I was shaky. I was kind of calm."

Police say that, when officers arrived on the scene, the two men were still inside the house.

Officers forced their way into the home and took both men into custody. Police say one of them was trying to get out the rear window when he was captured.

State records indicate that both Rowe and Wilson have long criminal records. Rowe is listed as being on probation and Wilson is classified as a Parole Absconder.

Brown is amazed little Jaden acted so quickly, and bravely.

"They didn't even know where he was at," said Brown. "They were looking for him. So he was pretty brave.  That was good thinking on his part."

When 7 Action News asked Jaden whether he was a hero he simply said "Yes" with a smile on his face.

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