Shelby • Utica • Macomb • Washington Gazette
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED – On July 5 at approximately 12:20 a.m., Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Court and Clemens Streets in Mt. Clemens for shots fired. A large crowd of people were gathered in the area and deputies learned that two persons with gunshot wounds had been transported to the hospital. The first victim is identified as Charlie McGowan, a 24-year-old male out of Clinton Township, who died as a result of his injuries. The second victim is a 26-year-old female out of Clinton Township who is being treated for her injuries. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Deputies were on scene within two minutes and located no victims. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office received a call from McLaren Macomb Hospital that two gunshot victims had been brought in. Charlie McGowan was pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound to the stomach area. The female victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Both victims were transported to the hospital in two different vehicles. The female was transported by her boyfriend. The victims are acquaintances to one another and were both attending a block-style party at the Court and Clemens Street location. The male is believed to have been shot while standing in the street and the female was shot while she was in a vehicle. Seventeen spent casings were located at the scene from three different caliber weapons. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office identified Perry Bernard Rouse Jr as the suspect in this homicide investigation. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued a five-count warrant for Rouse including Homicide – Murder First Degree – Premeditated (life felony), 3 Weapons Felony Firearm charges, and Assault With Intent to Murder (life felony). On July 7, Perry Bernard Rouse Jr. was taken into custody by the United States Marshal Service Great Lakes Task Force just outside of Chicago, IL. Rouse was located at a Motel 6 in Harvey, IL. and taken into custody without incident. Rouse was housed at the Chicago Police Department until his extradition to Macomb County. On July 12, Rouse was arraigned in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court on five counts including one count of homicide.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Macomb County Sheriff at 586-469-5151.