A man allegedly tried to break into a co-worker’s home using a gun, rope and handcuffs
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A man allegedly tried to break into a co-worker’s home using a gun, rope and handcuffs

A Michigan man who had a “romantic interest” in his former co-worker was arrested after he allegedly tried to break into her home with “various disturbing items,” according to police.

The Oakland County Attorney’s Office said Levi Trahern Smith, a 34-year-old attorney, was allegedly spotted “lurking” outside the woman’s home on Saturday and tried to gain entry through a side door.

According to the Royal Oak Police Department, Smith was found wearing latex gloves and with a backpack containing a loaded handgun, a large knife, handcuffs, rope, masks, a hammer, a crowbar, duct tape and latex gloves.

Smith was a former co-worker of the woman and had “expressed romantic interest in her in the past,” police said.

He was caught after the woman was “scared out of her sleep” and contacted police, who said she saw Smith trying to leave the house before officers took him into custody.

PHOTO: Booking photo of Levi Trahern Smith.

Booking photo by Levi Trahern Smith.

Royal Oak Police Department

“The victim’s quick thinking to contact police when he realized a dangerous situation was developing prevented a much worse outcome,” said Royal Oak Police Chief Michael Moore. “As a result, officers immediately located the suspect and took him into custody.”

Smith was charged with one felony count of attempted home invasion and one felony count of firearms violation.

His bail was set at $25,000.

He could not immediately be reached for comment at a phone number listed for his office.

“I am relieved that the victim remained vigilant and contacted law enforcement immediately,” said Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald. “Without the victim calling 911 and the work of the Royal Oak Police, the situation could have been much worse.”