Jesus Salas Rincon, 46, is suspected of stabbing his wife and then fleeing, striking an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office patrol car several times and hitting a utility pole on July 26. Both Rincon and his wife are Holland Township residents.
The woman is believed to have been stabbed at her workplace in the 200 block of North Franklin Street in Zeeland, then Rincon fled in a maroon GMC Envoy. Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Office said Rincon began cutting himself with a knife as he fled.
“He cut himself pretty good, unfortunately, so that’s why the deputies were continuing the case to the point that they did,” Bennett said. “It was a mess.”
The utility pole was damaged, disrupting power to 1,400 Holland BPW customers for several hours. Rincon’s vehicle came to rest in front of Herrick District Library’s North Branch, where he was taken into custody. No motorists or deputies were injured.
In his jail mugshot, Rincon appears with bandages along his neck.
Rincon was arraigned for assault with intent to murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding. One of the felonious assault charges is related to an attempted assault of a deputy and the second is allegedly against a “coworker he lashed out at,” Bennett said.
Rincon’s wife was admitted to the hospital for life-threatening injuries, but has since been released and is recovering.
With an initial bond of $100,000 set for Rincon’s fleeing and eluding, an additional bond of $1 million was set at his arraignment for the assault with intent to murder charge. Assault with intent to murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Each count of felonious assault carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and/or up to $2,000 in fines, and third-degree fleeing and eluding carries up to five years in prison and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
Bennett said a preliminary exam is being scheduled in the 58th District Court in Holland with Judge Susan Jonas.