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August 20, 2013

Man faces home invasion charge

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man faces a felony charge after police said he entered a woman’s apartment while she was asleep and woke her by rubbing her arm.

Mark Roger Chestnut, 45, was arraigned Monday in 86th District Court on a first-degree home invasion charge. A police report states a woman identified him as the man who entered her Grant Street apartment on Sunday and sat on her bed.

“I am just a friend,” the man told her after she woke to someone touching her arm, according to the report. The woman told the suspect that he should leave and followed him out of the residence before her apartment manager called authorities at 3:45 a.m.

Traverse City police officers found Chestnut in the back yard of the apartments. He told them he was walking from downtown to his Barlow Street residence and had stopped by the apartment complex to see if a friend needed a babysitter.

The police report states officers could “easily tell he was intoxicated” from the smell and his unsteady movements. He also identified himself as “Mark Johnson” and told officers he sometimes goes by that name “because this is his father’s name,” the police report states.

Chestnut was arrested after the woman “immediately” identified him as the suspect, according to the police report.

First-degree home invasion carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said the charge is based on aggravating factors of whether a suspect committed a felony or assault while another person was lawfully in their home.

A preliminary exam is set for Aug. 29 at 11 a.m.

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