Man accused of following women, attempting to rob them pleads guilty

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A man from Howell has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery and attempted burglary after observing women in stores, following them home, and then attempting to rob them.

Tristan Reyes, 20, of Howell, pleaded guilty earlier this week.

The charges stem from three separate incidents back in February and March of last year in Howell and Jackson.

In each of the incidents, Reyes, armed with a knife, observed the female victims shopping alone, followed them into the store on foot, and then drove behind then on their way home.

During his plea, Reyes admitted he did not know any of the women and he followed them home in order to rob them.

But Reyes' efforts were thwarted before any of the victims were injured. Here are the incidents:

In one instance, Reyes followed a woman home in Jackson, came to her front door and entered her home after he requested to use the phone. The woman's daughter answered the door and allowed him to make a call. He was surprised another person was home, and ran from the scene.

In another instance in Howell, an 18-year old female called her father after she grew suspicious of someone following her home from the grocery store in a minivan. After trying numerous maneuvers to lose the van, the victim drove home and her father pulled his car out to block any further pursuit. The van made a U-turn and drove away.

In the third instance, Reyes walked up a victim's driveway and peered inside the open garage. The victim's dog exited the garage and Reyes retreated to his vehicle and drove away from the scene.

The women ranged from 18-38 years of age.

Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced in April and faces 15 years behind bars.

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