Homeless man charged with stealing 2 vehicles, fleeing police

Tribune Staff • Oct 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM

A homeless man has been charged with stealing two cars in Ottawa County on Friday.


Cameron Troy Lawson, 39, was most recently called homeless by the court system, but he now resides in the Ottawa County Jail pending a $25,000 cash bond, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Office.

Lawson was arraigned Monday on two counts of unlawful driving away of an automobile.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, police were notified of a vehicle rollover on 120th Avenue and Fillmore Street in Olive Township, which is near the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters and county jail. Witnesses told the responding Sheriff’s Office deputies that the vehicle had been occupied by a man who exited the car and fled into a wooded area on the east side of 120th Avenue.

Deputies determined the vehicle had been stolen Thursday night.

After the rollover crash, the suspect ran through the woods and stole another vehicle from an open garage, police said. The second stolen vehicle was equipped with OnStar, and Ottawa County dispatchers contacted OnStar and were able to track the vehicle, which was intercepted on Chicago Drive in Zeeland Township.

After continuing to flee police, the suspect abandoned the vehicle in Zeeland Township and fled on foot into a field. While the suspect was armed with a stolen handgun, deputies were able to take him into custody without further incident, police said.

The suspect was treated for injuries he suffered in the crash before being lodged in the county jail. 

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