Clare County Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

A Northern Michigan man has been charged after forcing his way into someone’s house and robbing them at gunpoint.

It happened last week in Clare County’s Hayes Township.

Police say the homeowner was confronted by a man wearing a ski mask with a handgun.

The suspect made the homeowner open a safe before assaulting him.

Derek Wiartalla was arrested Saturday for the crimes.

Charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder, home invasion and safe breaking.

The homeowner had to be taken to the hospital for his injuries.