Newaygo man charged with home invasion related to standoff


OSCEOLA COUNTY — A Newaygo man has been charged with home invasion after threatening his ex-wife at her Osceola County home on Sunday.

Jeffrey Christensen, 54, was arraigned Tuesday in Osceola County's 77th District Court on one count of first-degree home invasion.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday to a home invasion and assault complaint at a residence on 12 Mile Road between 230th Avenue and Lakola Road.

The victim called police to say while she was home her ex-husband, now identified at Christensen, allegedly showed up “unannounced and unwelcome.” The man was in possession of a pistol and made threats to the woman and himself. According to police, the woman escaped from the residence. As she was fleeing, she heard a gunshot and saw her ex-husband coming out of the home with the weapon. The woman ran across the road to a neighbor’s home to make the call to 911.

Police made contact with the suspect via telephone, and the man said he would kill himself and any officers who responded to the scene. The area was secured by establishing a perimeter, and the Michigan State Police emergency response team was called in to provide further assistance.

The suspect was coaxed out of the home when officers used a combination of loudspeaker commands and a flashbang outside the residence. The man was taken into custody and transported for evaluation. Michigan State Police and Osceola County EMS assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office during the incident.

Christensen has only been arraigned on a home invasion charge, but other charges are possible pending investigation, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. First-degree home invasion is a felony charge with a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Bond for Christensen is set at $200,000. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Osceola County's 77th District Court.