SANILAC COUNTY (WJRT) - (11/21/17) - Two men from Flint were arraigned Tuesday on 11 felony charges related to a Sunday morning home invasion in Sanilac County that left two men dead and a resident injured.
Preston Jack, 30, and Stephen Shimmel, 48, face up to life in prison if they are convicted of the most serious charges against them, including assault with intent to murder.
"I made the mistake of coming up here. All this was supposed to be was a ride," Shimmel said.
Jack has a home address of Indianapolis but police say he grew up in the Flint area.
D/Sgt. Nathan Smith with the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office tells us how the original 911 call came in. "Homeowner was sitting at his coffee table when the door was kicked in and one of the defendants, or another assailant, had immediately fired a round off."
A prosecutor described it as the men, "coming through the door shooting".
The home they targeted is in the 4300 block of Holbrook Road in Sanilac County's Greenleaf Township.
The situation unfolded around 5 a.m. Sunday. Two men were inside the home at the time, the homeowner and another man.
Detectives haven't said which of the four suspects fired the shots.
The homeowner was hit in the leg by a bullet, but not seriously injured. Another man inside the house returned fire. Two of the men who broke in were killed.
They were identified on Tuesday as Keith Saunders, 26, and Quantize Bruce, 20. One of them died inside the house while the other was found dead in a car that crashed into a ditch near the intersection of Holbrook and Germania roads.
After the crash, Jack and Shimmel ran away on foot.
Shimmel was hiding in the nearby woods and gave himself up as police searched. Jack had made it more than five miles away and was turned in by the farmer he had asked for help.
Police say Saunders and Jack are brothers while Shimmel and Bruce are acquaintances of them.
"I told my brother, 'don't go'. He went anyway. I rode with him, I slept the whole time, by the time I woke up it was already going down. My brother was hurt and shot," Jack said.
Detectives believe the four men came to the residence on Holbrook Road with the goal of robbing the homeowner of cash and marijuana, according to the charges read in court.
One of the men in the home is claiming to be a caregiver under Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act, but police were still investigating whether that is true on Tuesday.
Shimmel and Jack are scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.