Jason Barker is a hardworking St. Clair Shores guy who thought he'd try meeting a nice girl on MySpace
Instead, as a kind 24-year-old woman from Oak Park chatted with him during their first date at a Chili's restaurant, police say her accomplice was cleaning out Barker' s Downing Street home Dec. 1.
Now charged with two counts each of home invasion and conspiracy are the woman, April Evelyn, and Vernon Henderson, 26, of Mount Clemens, according to police.
"I donít really go out, I donít go to the bars much," Barker said today. "Some of my friends had met people on MySpace, so I just figured Iíd give it a shot."
Barker said everything seemed normal from the start, but Evelyn insisted she pick him up for the date at his home. Barker didn't think anything of her chatting on the phone and texting during dinner.
But police say Evelyn unlocked a window
when she used the bathroom at Barker's home, then called Henderson to let him know how much time he had to steal from the place
"She told him they just ordered their food, so he knew he had time," St. Clair Shores Police Detective Sgt. Dave Centala said. "He actually contacted her and said he was done and she ended the date, and said 'Somethingís come up Iíve gotta go.
The kicker -- she had Barker pay for dinner.
"And she asked me for $10 for gas
," he said. "Iím just glad they caught them."
The pair was arraigned in 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores Wednesday. If convicted of home invasion, they could face up to 15 years in prison.