By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Felony burglary and larceny charges were brought against Ronald Russell Mancos, 42, of Ecorse Sept. 25 following a Sept. 22 early morning break-in at an office building at 2846 Biddle Ave.
Marcos, who had eight outstanding fugitive arrest warrants unrelated to the recent break-in, was charged with felony burglary and felony larceny of a building Sept. 25 in 36th District Court in front of Judge Rodney Johnson.
Marcos was released on a $500, 10 percent bond.
Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said a large window was smashed at an office building at 2846 Biddle Ave. in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, after which the building was ransacked and several items were stolen from the business. The business owner discovered the break-in at 8 a.m. and notified police.
Hamilton said Police Officers Benjamin Jones and Mike Sadowski, Detective Sgt. Ken Groat, and Detectives Devin Geiger and Joe Carr processed the scene and collected evidence. Within hours, a suspect was identified, and Officers Alex Sasu and Heather Carpeaux went to Ecorse to apprehend Mancos and take him into custody.
While being held at the Wyandotte jail, Hamilton said Mancos was unruly and disruptive, and removed a metal plate from the in-cell toilet, which he used in an attempted to break the windows in the holding cell, causing more than $1,000 in damage, for which Hamilton anticipates charges will be brought against Mancos.
Mancos’ criminal history includes three felony convictions for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, fleeing and eluding police, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Hamilton expressed concern that Mancos was released on a $50 bond.
“In this case, the defendant showed an apparent willingness to break the law, had a clear history of violence and an obvious record of non-compliance as evident by the outstanding warrants,” he said. “Therefore, it seems reasonable to believe that the defendant should have been issued a higher cash bond to ensure the public’s safety and to motivate him to appear in court if the bond was satisfied.”
Hamilton said the large majority of judges and magistrates do an outstanding job.
“In particular, the judge and magistrate at the 27th District Court display a high-degree of judicial temperament and routinely rule with empathy, logic, and are mindful of the impact that their decision has on the defendant and the public,” he said. “However, occasionally judges and magistrates within our county will make bewildering rulings.”
Hamilton said he did not agree with what he characterized as an excessively low bond and the rationale used to support the decision.
“I do not want it to overshadow the amazing work by these officers, detectives, and the prosecutor’s office,” he said. “The officers and detectives were absolutely relentless.”
Hamilton said that Groat, Geiger, Carr, Sadowski, and Jones were able to put small informational pieces together in a short amount of time to identify the person responsible for this crime, and that Sasu and Carpeaux risked their own personal safety by tracking down the suspect and making the arrest.
“Once in jail, Sgt. (Chris) Sawmiller and Officer (John) Ames had to risk their personal safety by disarming the defendant,” Hamilton said. “Finally, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office did an amazing job, quickly putting all the pieces together and issuing formal charges. It’s important that we focus on what is within our control and not be discouraged by outside influences.”