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Axe-wielding man found hiding in basement after Fairview Heights home invasion

By Nicole Sanders

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    ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KMOV) — A 36-year-old man armed with an axe was charged in connection to a Metro East home invasion Tuesday.

Michael Slusser was charged with aggravated stalking and criminal damage to property. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

According to police, Michael Slusser used an axe to try to break into a home in the 1600 block of Sycamore in Fairview Heights while yelling at people inside the home. Surveillance video captured the 36-year-old breaking windows out of two vehicles with the axe before running away. Around 2 p.m., officers spotted Slusser in his home and tried to get him to surrender. U.S. Marshals eventually breached his home and found him in the basement. He was taken into custody.

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