Grosse Pointe News | November 9th, 2017
Day bound over for trial By Melissa Walsh
Grosse Pointe Farms — Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Judge Matthew Rumora bound the April 23 Farms home-invasion cases over for trial in Third District Court following Monday’s preliminary examination hearing for charges of two counts of first-degree home invasion, fourth offense, against Gerald Duane Day Jr., 28, of Detroit. An “arraignment of the information” hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, before Judge Kevin J. Cox. Reviews of other charges against Day for crimes committed in Grosse Pointe Woods April 15 and the City of Grosse Pointe April 22 also will be held before Judge Cox Nov. 13.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Melissa Polepu submitted evidence supporting probable cause linking Day to home invasions occurring in succession during the early morning hours of April 23 — in the 300 block of Lothrop and 400 block of Madison. The initial report of these crimes was called in about 4:40 a.m. Following a manhunt, Public Safety Officer Thomas Dionne arrested Day at 10:44 a.m. in the backyard of another home on Madison as Day was attempting to break into a car. In testimony Dionne described the events of the manhunt, the perimeter established to contain Day during pursuit by Grosse Pointe police and evidence collected, including gloves found on the garage roof of the yard in which he was arrested.
Farms Detective Ryan Ford, the officer in charge of investigating the April 23 home invasions, testified to photos he took supporting probable entry into the home and of footprints supporting the suspect’s path across the backyard. Images of dirt footprints and shoe impressions made by moisture on concrete were submitted from the locations of the home invasions and the arrest.
Other evidence included a gas can public safety officers allegedly saw Day drop while running and picture wire found on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Manor. Police also recovered a firearm at a second home in the 400 block of Lothrop matching the description given by the victim of the April 15 first-degree criminal sexual conduct case in the Woods.
Officers from the City and Woods presented other evidence linking Day, including footprints Michigan State Police cast from the backyard of the home invasion on Washington matching the tread of the shoes Day was wearing when arrested April 23; cell phone records obtained in the investigation of the Woods case; and items collected with a search warrant from Day’s Detroit home on Moross, which were consistent with witness accounts of what the suspect was wearing and items he used during the crimes.
Grosse Pointe City Lieutenant John Alcorn, who interviewed Day after he was arrested, testified that Day signed Miranda documentation with his left hand. The victim in the City case reported Day held the firearm with his left hand, he said.
Day pleaded not guilty to all charges.