SL man waives court hearing

A Spring Lake man charged with kidnapping his former girlfriend last month was in court Tuesday.
Becky Vargo
Sep 11, 2013

Kyle Clayton Christianson, 20, waived his preliminary examination in 58th District Court. He now faces arraignment on Sept. 23 in Ottawa County Circuit Court on charges of unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault.

Christianson remains jailed on a $50,000 bond. The bond amount was increased from $15,000 on Aug. 29.

Authorities said Christianson held an 18-year-old Grand Haven woman against her will for a couple of hours on Aug. 27 and assaulted her.

The young woman's mother called police at about 9 that night to report that her daughter was missing.

“Officers determined by interviewing the victim’s mother that the victim had planned to meet her ex-boyfriend,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. “The victim’s mother was concerned for her safety.”

Christianson returned his former girlfriend to her home at about 11 p.m., police said.

“It is alleged that she was held against her will by the suspect for more than two hours, driven to locations in Grand Haven and north of Grand Haven, and physically assaulted,” Hawke said.

The woman suffered a non-life-threatening head injury, Hawke said. She was not sexually assaulted.

Police located Christianson early Wednesday morning in Grand Haven and arrested him without incident.

Kerri Christianson, who was at the court hearing Tuesday with a group of family members and friends, said her son was still involved in a relationship with the young woman.

“They weren’t split in any way,” the man's mother said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



There has to be way more going on than what is being shared with us; and why aren't we being told who this 18 year old "woman" is? So this is an ex-girlfriend, according to the girl's mother, but Kyle's mother states they aren't split in any way. The girl is supposedly broken up with Kyle but goes off to meet him? Hmmmmm. They go for a ride and talk for awhile and then he takes her home, supposedly with a bump on her head; and now we have unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault? The girl’s mother is the one calling the police and pulling the stings for this dance. Too many unknowns to be ruining this young man’s life over, in my opinion; it takes two…

Where is signal maintainer; we need someone who knows the ins and outs of railroading to explain this to us.


is kidnapping still kidnapping in Michigan,one never knows do one. . . . .


It's only kidnapping if she was taken against her will. If she went to meet him somewhere, then kidnapping seems to be a pretty silly charge.


Back in my day, when your boyfriend picked u up and u all cruised around and maybe stop for some fast food. That was a date. I must have been kidnap a lot, LOL!!!

concerned resident

Once again it's a waste of tax payers money for this case to even be procecuted, and to hold this young man in jail without a reasonable bond he should be home on a teather, why the girl involved sits home free. Why is it that the man is always the guilty party.


Sounds like the mother was doing all the calling and talking.maybe she didn't like kyel. To be calling @9 pm after only two hrs and report her daughter missing? sounds like she had it in for Kyle.
This is how that court house and the Procecuters work in this town they like to take a small thing add their owen spin to it and chewup the youth and make a big deal out of nothing and spit them out I have seen many of my kids friends go through their system over petty things.


Sorry I forgot my ped in the word kidnapped . I agree with Rukidding. Also I had the pleasure of listening to Journey's mother call him names. She did not like him. The case should b Joi against Kyle.




And he finally gets what has been coming to him for a long time, I love how his whole family thinks he's a little angel and when they show the video HE took of what he did, he lays his head on the table in the courtroom and they all whipe there smug look ls off their faces, I hope he gets the max!

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