Fugitive apprehended following multi-department search.

October 20, 2016


Fugitive apprehended following multi-department search. 

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. 

Police arrested Jessie O’Connor, 35, at 4:45 p.m. Thursday following a search that began at 7 a.m. O’Connor was wanted by Ludington Police Department in connection with two previous domestic violence complaints that occurred in the city of Ludington; he was also wanted as a parole absconder by the Michigan Department of Corrections. LPD initially made the public aware of its search for O’Connor Wednesday by issuing a press release and his photograph.

According to Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett, O’Conner was apprehended in the area of Hasenbank and Stephens roads in Free Soil Township. He was found hiding in a tree line. The search was an effort that included Ludington Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Mason-Oceana 911, U.S. Forest Service-Law Enforcement, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Conservation, Manistee City Police Department, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, SSCENT (State, Sheriff’s, Chief’s Enforcement of Narcotics Team), MDOC Fugitive Team, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers, who worked together to track down and arrest Oconnor.

Coincidentally, earlier this afternoon Manistee Police Department recovered the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was stolen in the City of Ludington in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 19, Barnett stated. “It is yet to be determined whether the two incidents are related.  Both investigations are ongoing.

“On behalf of the Ludington Police Department I would like to express our appreciation to the citizens that came forward with information that aided in this investigation,” Barnett said. “I would also like to acknowledge the assistance of the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office.  And finally I would like to thank the members of the aforementioned agencies.  All of these agencies worked seamless over a prolonged period of time to bring this situation to a successful conclusion.”

O’Connor is expected to be arraigned Friday in 79th District Court.

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