GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) had a critical incident yesterday afternoon in the 900 block of Kalamazoo Av SE while searching for two suspects involving the theft of handguns.
GRPD’s involvement began just prior to 4:00 p.m. when the FBI and Fugitive Task Force members observed a wanted suspect go inside a nearby home. The law enforcement officers believed this 16 year old was wanted as a prisoner escapee and a suspect to a recent rash of felony crimes including the theft of 22 firearms from Miedema Asset Management Group in Byron Center.
The 16 year old suspect was thought to be in the company of another 15 year old juvenile suspect, both of whom escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Muskegon. Following their escape last week, they are suspected of stealing a vehicle in Osceola County and being involved in at least two fleeing and eluding police incidents, one of which occurred in the City of Grand Rapids.
Due to the suspects’ recent rash of criminal involvement, as well as the unaccounted for stolen firearms, additional units from GRPD were called and the residence was contained to include full critical incident procedures. The Special Response Team, Major Case Detective Unit, K9 Unit, and Kent County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were called to the scene.
While officers were assisting nearby residents choosing to leave the area, the suspect fled out of the home. After a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody, and he was found to be unarmed.
Further information was obtained that the arrested suspect left 3 young children, all under 3 years of age and whom he was supposed to be baby-sitting, inside the home . To secure the safety of the children, officers chose to enter the home, and the children were safely reunited with family.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the address while Grand Rapids officers stood by to assist, and custody of the suspect was transferred to the KCSD. The 15 year old suspect was not located inside and was still at large as a prisoner escapee at the time GRPD left the scene. All inquiries on charges, identities of individuals, results from the search warrant, or descriptions of outstanding suspects can be referred to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.