ANN ARBOR, MI – Two men accused of breaking into two Ann Arbor homes and tying up and threatening to kill their occupants are headed to trial.
Jury trials were tentatively scheduled Monday, Sept. 13, for Spencer John Payne, 27, and Cedrick Michael Sims, 23, for Dec. 13 before Washtenaw County Trial Judge Patrick Conlin Jr.
Both men face multiple felony charges in connection with two home invasions on Oct. 8, 2020, in a southeast Ann Arbor neighborhood, where the pair allegedly tied up multiple victims and threated to kill them.
An additional final pretrial for the pair has been scheduled for Nov. 15 to confirm no additional capital cases are in need of jury trials ahead of them, as dozens of cases have had jury trials delayed due to COVID-19 protocols limiting the amount of people who can be in the courthouse.
Both men are each charged with five counts of armed robbery, five counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of first-degree home invasion, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree home invasion and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.
At about 3 a.m., Oct. 8, a man sleeping in his home in the 3000 block of McComb Street was awakened by a man pointing a gun at him, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department.
The intruders, two unknown men, forced the homeowner to tie up his three children before being led around the home to point out valuables as the suspect demanded drugs and money, police said.
During the home invasion, which lasted about an hour, the suspect threatened to kill the homeowner and took various items from the victim including his driver’s license. The suspects told the man they would be back if he called 911, police said.
The intruders tied up the homeowner and left the residence shortly after one of them received a phone call and made statements indicating they were at the wrong house, police said.
The homeowner was able to free himself and retrieve a second phone the intruders failed to take, but did not immediately call 911. Police say the man used an iPhone location tracking app to determine the phone the intruders stole was still nearby.
At about 4:15 a.m. that same morning in the 2800 block of Sharon Drive, near the scene of the first home invasion, a family with multiple relatives visiting from out of town sleeping in the home were awakened by two intruders, police said.
Investigators determined suspects in the Sharon Drive home invasion were the same men from the previous home invasion, police said.
The intruders followed the same routine they did at the first house by making threats, tying up individuals and demanding to know “where the drugs and cash are,” police said.
After stealing various items, cash and a quarter ounce of marijuana, the intruders took the victims’ driver’s licenses telling them they would be back if he called 911, police said.
The intruders then returned to the home on Macomb Street, saw the homeowner had untied himself and apologized to him, returning several items before fleeing, police said.
It is believed the intruders targeted the second home, wrongly believing it housed a marijuana grow operation, but mistakenly went to the wrong house first, police said.
Forensic evidence collected at the scene led to Sims and Payne being identified as suspects. Sims was on parole for perjury in the Keandre Duff homicide case.
Both men are currently lodged in the Washtenaw County Jail with bond set at $500,000.
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