Teen stabbed during break-in pleads guilty

Donovan Moore's mug shot from the Kent County jail.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A teen who was stabbed by an intended victim after breaking into a Grand Rapids apartment in January has entered a plea.

Donovan Moore pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of first-degree home invasion.

As part of a plea agreement, a charge of assault with intent to rob was dropped.

The break-in happened on Jan. 2 at an apartment in the 900 block of Watson Street SW. Ryan Crawford told 24 Hour News 8 that two men, one armed with a knife and the other with a gun, forced their way into his home and demanded valuables. After one of them pistol-whipped him, he started fighting back.

Crawford grabbed a nearby knife and stabbed both intruders. He also sustained knife wounds in the ensuing struggle. But by the time it was over, the two intruders had run off without stealing anything.

Moore, 17, and Estevan Romero, 20, were soon arrested after they called 911 and claimed they had been robbed and stabbed.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 26.

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