Two Athens Township residents were in the middle of their morning routine, at around 7:30 AM, Tuesday, December 6th, when a 22-year-old Battle Creek man, who was an acquaintance, broke into their home and assaulted them with a BB pistol, and then fled the scene. 

The initial dispatch informed deputies that a caller reported a male had entered the home, located on Mulberry Avenue near Q Drive South, armed with a gun. He then struck the caller in the head with the butt of the firearm, fired a shot inside the home, and then fled in a vehicle. The victim was able to give a description of the getaway vehicle, and deputies immediately canvassed the area in search of the offender. Shortly after, a deputy observed a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, traveling northbound on M66 near B Drive South. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was positively identified as the offender. During a search, a black BB pistol was located in the car, and the Battle Creek man was lodged in the Calhoun County Jail on numerous felony charges. 

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Investigators believe that the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door, and then assaulted the occupants, shooting a female several times with the BB pistol. The victims were transported to Bronson/Battle Creek Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say that the individuals were acquaintances and it wasn’t a random act. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and CAMJET Evidence Technicians are continuing the investigation into this case 

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