Suspect in assault, possible attempted abduction still at large

OSCEOLA COUNTY – Police are searching for a white man driving a Ford Taurus station wagon who assaulted and possibly tried to abduct an Evart woman on Saturday,

At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a call from a 23-year-old Evart woman, who works at SpringHill Camps. The woman was walking on Eight Mile Road, just west of 100th Avenue, when she passed a vehicle parked off the road. A man exited the vehicle and told the woman he wanted to speak with her. When she continued walking, the man grabbed her arm. The victim pulled away and ran to a nearby residence. Michigan State Police from the Mount Pleasant post and Reed City detachment reported to the scene.

The man was last seen getting back into his vehicle and driving north on 100th Avenue toward Nine Mile Road. The suspect is about 6-feet-2-inches tall and 160 to 170 pounds. He has chin-length brown hair and brown eyes, and he was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt with dark denim jeans and white running shoes.

The victim first saw the suspect earlier on Saturday, at SpringHill Camps, which is located on 95th Avenue in Evart. At that time, he was carrying what appeared to be a soft rifle case. When asked what he was doing at the campground, the man walked away and got into his vehicle. Other witnesses also observed a man who matched the suspect’s description at the campground accompanied by a white female, who is believed to be about 5-foot-9 and 280 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was described as wearing a cream-colored sheep skin coat.

The Ford Taurus the suspect was seen in was described as an older model. The vehicle is light blue or teal and dirty, with no license plate observed.

Anyone with any information regarding either subject or the vehicle should contact the Michigan State Police in Mount Pleasant at (989) 773-5951 or the Osceola County Dispatch at (231) 832-3255.