Ludington man faces 3 felonies after allegedly holding his mother at knifepoint

June 11, 2015



By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — The 29-year-old Ludington man who allegedly held his mother at knifepoint attempting to acquire drug money last Sunday morning, June 7, was arraigned in 79th District Court this week on three felony counts of armed robbery, extortion and felonious assault, and a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.

Howard Mark Larson, of 5607 N. Stiles Rd., was arrested by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office shortly after he forced his mother to go J’s Country Store, at 1860 N. Lakeshore Dr. in Hamlin Township, and made her write a check for cash, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. Larson is lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $100,000 cash/surety bond. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing, June 17, at 1:15 p.m. and a preliminary exam, June 24, at 1:15 p.m.

“He made her write a check so he could purchase drugs,” Cole said. The mother alerted the store clerk of the situation, and the clerk placed a 911 call, the sheriff said.

No injuries occurred in the 10:35 a.m. incident. Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart post and officers from the Ludington Police Department assisted at the scene.