Suspect told police via phone, "You will not catch me"

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A 32-year-old Sears man is in custody after telling police they wouldn’t catch him and hiding out in an Osceola County home.

The back and forth with police began on March 26, when a trooper from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post was alerted to the man’s vehicle being broken down on the side of the road. The officer knew the man had several warrants for his arrest.

When the trooper responded to the vehicle, the suspect was gone. The trooper located a telephone number for the suspect, called him and spoke with the man in an attempt to get him to turn himself in.

The suspect stated he knew he had warrants and told the trooper, “You will not catch me,” according to a press release from Michigan State Police.

The next day, the same trooper was on patrol and observed the suspect’s vehicle pass him with an equipment violation on M-61 near M-66 in Osceola County.

The trooper pulled the vehicle over, but the suspect ran from the vehicle into a wooded area. A perimeter was established and K9 units from the Mount Pleasant Post and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office began tracking the subject.

While the track was underway, police learned the suspect was possibly at the home of an ex-girlfriend, who was not home at the time. Troopers and Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the woman’s home, but no one would come to the door.

Troopers contacted the homeowner, who informed them the suspect had just called her from inside her residence and he did not have permission to be there. The homeowner came home and gave police consent to enter the residence.

Once inside, a K9 team located the suspect hiding inside a bathroom cabinet. The suspect later told troopers he knew they were outside but “Just thought you would go away.”

The suspect was lodged at the Osceola County Jail with formal charges pending. Troopers were assisted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Clare County Sheriff’s Office and the Evart Police Department.

The subject’s identity is being withheld pending arraignment.