Home invasion, kidnapping suspect nabbed in Michigan

According to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, U.S. Marshals captured 41-year-old Dequan Dewayne 'Big Poppa' Upchurch Tuesday.
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STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

The fourth suspect in a Nov. 29, 2017, home invasion robbery and kidnapping is captured in Flint, Michigan.

According to Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, U.S. Marshals captured 41-year-old Dequan Dewayne 'Big Poppa' Upchurch Tuesday.

"We'd been getting information through Crime Stoppers for the last couple of weeks that he was up there," Scott said Tuesday afternoon. "We've been passing it on to the marshals and they got him today."

The 5-foot, 11, 250-pound Upchurch is wanted in Clay County on five counts of kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary.

His son, 21-year-old Hakeem Upchurch is one of three people already arrested in connection with the Nov. 29 assault at a home on Pine Bluff Road in the Clay County section of Mantee in the western part of the county. The older Upchurch has a tattoo of his son's face on his chest, according to prior arrest records.

Among other things, Dequan Upchurch has a 2014 conviction in Genesee County, Michigan, for maintaining a drug house. He was sentenced to a year for that offense, according to online arrest records.

He was arrested in Simpson County, Kentucky, in March 2010 and in St. Francis County, Arkansas, on Nov. 7, 2015, for two separate counts of possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated, and other charges, according to online arrest records.

The younger Upchurch and fellow Chickasaw County residents Clarence Mitchell III, 22, and Emmett Buchanan, 43, remain in the Clay County Jail on $1,225,000 bonds.

According to court proceedings and Scott, Roger Jones was outside his house on Pine Bluff Road when four people pulled up and demanded money at gunpoint. Investigators say they still are trying to clarify whether all the suspects were armed or just some of them.

Jones' wife, who was inside the house, heard the commotion in the yard and went to the door, drawing the attention of the suspects.

They forced the wife and four children -- ages 6 and 5 and 2-year-old twins -- at gunpoint into a closet in the rear bedroom of the brick home.
They made off with $1,150 and a cell phone, according to court documents.
The victims were able to give detectives the names of possible suspects.

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