CMUPD, MPPD make joint arrest in Welcome Weekend robberies


Three Saginaw men face felony charges for unarmed robbery and home invasion incidents that occurred during Welcome Weekend.

Celestino-Vincente Castillo Avitia, 20, Terron Jaquan Coleman, 21, and Kyrie Green-Norment, 20, were arrested in Saginaw for assault with intent to commit unarmed robbery and conspiracy to commit assault unarmed robbery, both 15-year felonies. 

Coleman and Green-Norment also are charged with first-degree home invasion and conspiracy to commit first-degree home invasion, both 20-year felonies.

Coleman also is being charged with second-degree home invasion, a 20-year felony.

Police are waiting on a warrant for a fourth suspect, said Central Michigan University Police Lt. Larry Klaus. 

On Aug. 24, CMU Police began an investigation of the robbery of a CMU student who was assaulted and had property stolen in Lot 1 on campus. 

CMUPD coordinated the investigation with the Mount Pleasant Police Department, who were investigating a home invasion that took place on the same date in the 1000 block of Douglas Street.

Klaus said officers checked on-campus surveillance footage while investigating the robbery and found individuals carrying stolen property, linking the two investigations.

Warrants were issued after CMUPD and MPPD obtained more evidence from the incident.

According to a press release from both departments, the suspects have been arraigned by the Isabella County District Court. They are waiting for their preliminary examinations. 

Coleman remains in the Isabella County Jail on a $100,000 bond, while Avitia was released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond. 

Green-Norment has paid 10 percent of his $40,000 bond but remains lodged on a $50,000 bond.

Welcome Weekend attracts non-CMU students, Klaus said, because it is a week earlier than other universities around the state. A large number of the incidents involving police are caused by these visitors, he added.

MPPD Public Information Officer Jeff Browne said only 69 of the 168 tickets issued by MPPD during Welcome Weekend were to CMU students.

"We know there are people coming form other places causing trouble, hence the proactive patrols we have," Browne said. "We caught, in the city, two different groups that were here for home invasions over that weekend."

Arresting suspects who reside outside of Mount Pleasant is more time-consuming but not necessarily more difficult for police. 

"(Dealing with students from other schools) is more difficult because they don’t have the same education and programming we do with our students," Browne said. 

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