Suspects ID’d in East Grand Rapids HS break-in

Peter Donnelly and Nicholas Emery
Peter Donnelly and Nicholas Emery

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have identified three 18-year-old suspects accused of breaking into East Grand Rapids High School in mid-August.

Two of the suspects, Peter Donnelly and Nicholas Emery, were both arrested and later released, according to Kent County jail records.

Police have a warrant out for a third suspect, Troy Gotch. All three are facing charges of illegal entry, malicious destruction of property and possession of stolen property.

On Aug. 15, the Michigan State Police bomb squad and K-9 units were called to the high school after suspicious packages were found inside the school. Investigators later determined the packages “did not pose a security risk.”

East Grand Rapids public safety officers were able to quickly identify the suspects, who had been masked, through a high school employee who had run into the suspects and had recognized one of their voices.

The suspects, who are all former East Grand Rapids students, told police they broke into the school to create an elaborate scavenger hunt for their former classmates in the service tunnels beneath the school — and had intended no harm.

A fourth suspect, who is a minor, is facing charges in juvenile court for stealing keys to the school and making copies.

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