Suspects arrested for Niles home invasion robbery

NILES — Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery in Niles, according to the Niles Police Department.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 25, NPD officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 700 block of Broadway Street on the report of a home invasion with a shot being fired. 

Upon arriving, officers found two black male victims, both 21 years of age, who had been assaulted during the incident. The suspects, described as two white males, one approx. 5’11” and the other approximately 6’3” tall, both with stocky builds, beards and wearing ski masks and dark clothing. 

One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a knife while the other was said to be armed with a handgun and that at least one shot was fired by this suspect during the incident. The victims said they were robbed of a quantity of marijuana, cash, and personal property. Both victims were assaulted during the incident, requiring them to be transported to area hospitals by SMCAS ambulance service for treatment. One victim was later flown to a hospital in Indianapolis due to the extent of his injuries.

The injuries were the result of being physically assaulted, and not due to the gunshot. 

Through their investigation, detectives with the Niles Police Department and Michigan State Police (#53 Niles Post) discovered a third victim, a 21 yr. old white female who had fled the apartment before police arrived. This female had also been assaulted during the incident and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Through continued investigation, detectives identified Randy Dean McGrath and Larry Ray Sarters as potential suspects in the case. 

Search warrants for the homes of both men were obtained and during the early morning hours of March 17th those search warrants were executed, one in Niles Twp. by members of the Berrien County Tactical Response Unit and the other in Cass County by members of the Michigan State Police Emergency Services tactical team.

Detectives from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the search of the Cass Co. residence. As a result, investigators located a handgun, large quantity of marijuana, and cash at both residences. Through their investigation, detectives learned that the motive for this incident may have been in response to the victims stealing marijuana and other products from the suspects previously.

McGrath was arraigned in Berrien County’s fifth District Court in Niles on March 18, while Sarters was arraigned on March 19. McGrath was charged with one count of home invasion, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of great bodily harm, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a dangerous weapon and eight counts of felony firearm. McGrath is being held on $300,000 cash bond.

Sarters was charged with one count of home invasion, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of great bodily harm while being held on $250,000 cash bond.

Cass County

Former SMC instructor accepts plea deal in sexual misconduct case

Cass County

Vandalia resident sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug offense

Berrien County

Students experiencing homelessness remain hard to identify after year with remote education

Cass County

Dowagiac man heading back to prison on weapons charges

Dowagiac

Earl’s BBQ a hit at Summer in The City

Dowagiac

Local firefighter celebrates 30 years of service

Dowagiac

Emily Schrock returns to SMC in alumni position

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary Club breaks ground on centennial sign

Buchanan

Podcast tells Buchanan’s story through eyes of its residents

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Fifth annual Open Header Cruise sets participation record

Cass County

Following name change, Heritage Southwest unveils new signs, website

News

Man found hiding in tree fort after deliberately sideswiping another vehicle in Barron Lake Thursday

Dowagiac

Detectives seek charges against two residents following Wayne Township drug investigation

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg museum offering spaces for US-12 garage sale

Dowagiac

Gold medal gymnast Shannon Miller promotes importance of women’s health in new Ascension campaign

Brandywine Education

PAW Inc. to present ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ this weekend

News

Niles District Library lecture series explores the life of 18th Century British soldier

Business

PHOTO STORY: Young Professionals see good turnout at third annual Paddlin’ Poker Run

Berrien County

Portage Road construction scheduled to begin Monday

Business

New Dowagiac vacation rental hosts Chamber After Hours event

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg mural takes shape

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: July 14-20

Education

Edwardsburg schools will not require masks, quarantining come fall

Buchanan

New pet grooming spa opens in Buchanan