The suspects fled on foot when Eaton County Sheriff deputies and Michigan State Police troopers approached. The male suspect fled into and hid in a wooded area/swamp near Butterfield Hwy and Ionia Road. A perimeter was set up around the area by responding officers. The suspect was spotted trying to escape the perimeter area several times, but ended up fleeing back into the swamp.
A Michigan State Police helicopter was called in to help search the area, and spotted the suspect hiding in the water, trying to cover himself in lily pads. The suspect did not respond to commands to come out of the water, so deputies and troopers had to go into the water to arrest him. He was taken into custody at approximately 10:15pm. The female suspect was spotted by a citizen in the area of Pease Road and Love Hwy, and was arrested at approximately 10:20pm.
The female suspect was turned over to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The male suspect was lodged at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office after being checked for injuries at Hayes Green Beach hospital in Charlotte.
Sheriff Tom Reich wishes to acknowledge and thank all the agencies that responded to assist in the apprehension of these dangerous suspects, including the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Bellevue Police Department, Olivet Police Department, State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and members of the Bellevue Fire Department, who provided a boat, and lights to illuminate the search area.
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