- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Memo to home invaders: You can cross Kid Rock’s crib off your target list.

The Motor City rapper turned Southern rocker posted this word to the wise on his website following last week’s attempted break-in at his home in Clarkston, Mich.:

“Thank God I was not on the property at the time of this attempted break in. I am an avid hunter and marksman and I will not hesitate to shoot anyone who has myself or family in fear for our lives. I take the invasion of my personal space very seriously regardless of who you are and YES, I do profile people. I am currently profiling any balding white male on crutches driving a white creeper van.”

A suspect in the case, Brian D. Keith of Independence Township in Michigan’s Oakland County, was arrested Saturday following the release of video stills of the break-in attempt captured by a surveillance camera on the grounds.

(In 2012 Mitt Romney, whose campaign had adopted Kid Rock’s “Born Free” as an anthem, made a pilgrimage to the singer’s Clarkston home. There, the GOP Presidential hopeful personally invited the red state icon to perform his hit — a tribute to the courage and idealism of American warriors — at a Michigan rally.)

The 43-year-old Mr. Keith was arraigned via video Tuesday before a District Court judge in Clarkston on charges of attempted home invasion and malicious destruction of property. Mr. Keith, shown hobbling on crutches in the surveillance photos from Kid Rock’s property, presented himself as — and why not? — a low flight risk in appealing to the judge for leniency in setting bond.

“I had 15 screws and two plates put in my knee,” Mr. Keith said in the hearing. “Nurses come by every other day. … I have to start intense physical therapy or else I’ll never walk again.”

Citing the defendant’s 14 prior convictions — including multiple DUIs — and loose social moorings, Judge Joseph Fabrizio was unmoved.

“I do not find that you have strong ties to the community,” Mr. Fabrizio explained to Mr. Keith. “You have an out-of-state criminal history. While you have seven children, you do not have any custody of them.”

The judge ordered he be held on $75,000 bond.

Which should help Mr. Keith stay off that bad knee for awhile.