Kalamazoo, MI: On September 9th, 2021, investigators from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team and the Crime Reduction Team conducted an operation in reference to a wanted parole absconder.
During this operation, investigators conducted surveillance of the suspect and attempted to arrest him in the 3700 block of Sprinkle Rd. The suspect resisted arrest but was quickly subdued without injury. Upon taking the suspect into custody, investigators located a loaded handgun on his person. It was also discovered that the vehicle the suspect was driving was recently reported stolen from Kalamazoo County. During a search of the vehicle, investigators discovered a bullet proof vest, ammunition, suspected methamphetamine, and additional stolen property.
After the arrest was made, investigators searched the suspect’s approved parole address. During a search of the location, investigators located a second loaded firearm, ammunition, a high-capacity handgun magazine, a second bullet proof vest, and additional methamphetamine. While searching the garage area, investigators located three motorcycles recently reported stolen from Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties. Investigators also located two improvised explosive devices. Due to these devices, the KDPS Bomb Squad responded to the scene and rendered them safe.
The 40-year-old Kalamazoo man was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail. Charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felony Firearms, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Explosive Devices, and Motor Vehicle Theft will be sought against the suspect. All charges will be reviewed by the Kalamazoo County Prosecutors Office.
Anyone with information regarding firearms activity and / or illegal drugs is urged to contact KVET at 269-337-8880, or report an anonymous tip to Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com
By authority of: Executive Lieutenant Matt Schemenauer