Texas man arrested after SERT team storms house.

July 10, 2017

Texas man arrested after SWAT team storms house.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — A 30-year-old Texas man was arrested Monday afternoon after members of the Mason County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT, also called SWAT) stormed a house in the 6100 block of South Brye Road, two hours after they arrived on the scene.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said the incident stemmed from a Saturday, July 8 traffic stop in Summit Township. “The man had provided the deputy with a false name,” Cole said. “Later that night, the deputy learned the suspect’s true identity and after some digging learned that he was wanted on a robbery warrant out of Texas,” Cole said. “Throughout the weekend deputies had been trying to find him. This morning, shortly after 11, three deputies were tipped off that the guy was down here in Summit Township at a house and that he was reportedly hiding.”

Cole said deputies secured the house and then called in the SERT. “It was unknown if he was armed or not and we didn’t want to take any chances of the deputies getting injured or the suspect being injured. We hailed the suspect for two hours in a PA (public address) to get him to come out.”

Cole said after two hours, a robot was sent in, which cleared all but two of the rooms. “We then sent the SERT in which cleared the two remaining rooms and they found him hiding in the last room they checked.”

The man now faces charges in Mason County and will likely be extradited to Texas, Cole said.

A resident of the home, who did not wish to be identified, said the man had been staying there on a temporary basis as a guest of another guest.

“No shots were fired, nobody got hurt and everybody is going home and that’s our end goal so we are pleased with the outcome,” the Sheriff said.

The SERT team includes deputies, officers and detectives from Mason County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from Ludington Police Department. Life EMS was also on scene.

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