Crockery Twp. man arrested after allegedly threatening neighbor with gun

A 21-year-old Crockery Township man was arrested late Sunday evening after a dispute that ended with him allegedly pointing a gun at his neighbor, said Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. The OCSD and Michigan State Police responded to the park, 13251 State Road, at about 8 p.m. when a 38-year-old woman called 911 and told them that her Forsythia Drive neighbor was pointing a shotgun at her, Ruster said. Police surrounded the man and arrested him without incident.
Becky Vargo
May 16, 2011

Ginger Bayne said she had complained to the park manager earlier in the evening about the neighbor’s loud stereo. The park maintenance man then talked to the neighbor and Bayne said she was told to take notes about what was happening. She decided to take video instead.

Bayne said she sat at her computer desk and videotaped her neighbor while he was drinking on his porch. She said he must have seen her through the curtains and threw his lawn chair, striking her mobile home.

“And he threw the bottle of whiskey he was drinking from,” Bayne said.

At around 8 p.m., Bayne said the neighbor came out of his house with a gun.

“He walked across the yard and he had the shotgun pointed right at me,” she said. “I was on the phone with 911.”

Police responded and set up a perimeter around the mobile home.

“We cordoned off the area and evacuated the area,” Ruster said. “We had verbal contact with him from behind cover.”

Ruster said the man set the gun down outside the trailer and he was standing inside the trailer when police grabbed him and took him into custody.

North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics responded to the scene and checked the suspect to make sure he was not injured when he was tackled.
Ruster said the man was not injured, nor was anyone else.

“Nobody else was threatened and no shots were fired,” Ruster said.

Bayne said when her neighbor was not drinking, “he has been perfectly nice” — but the loud music had been a problem since he moved into the trailer a couple of months ago.

“Last night, someone else called the police (because of the loud music) and he was here saying he was going to plant a fist in my face,” Bayne said.

Apparently, the man thought Bayne had called police, she added.

“I never called the police on him until today,” she said.

Bayne said the loud music was playing from the man’s home all day Sunday.

“The music is turned up so high, you can’t even think straight,” she said.

The man was taken Sunday night to the Ottawa County Jail — where he was lodged on charges of felony assault, felony firearms, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure, Ruster said.

Police confiscated a 16-gauge shotgun, along with slug ammunition, Ruster said. The gun was not loaded at the time, but apparently was earlier, the sergeant added.

The man’s name was being withheld pending arraignment, which is scheduled for this afternoon via video in Ottawa County’s 58th District Court, court personnel said.

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