Police force beefed up for possible fight in warrant arrest

Becky Vargo • Mar 21, 2018 at 2:24 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Police beefed up forces in the event of a possible hostile situation in the Spring Lake area late Wednesday morning, but a warrant arrest went down without incident, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Bennett said police learned the location of a person they had been trying to find in the area of a mobile home community at the intersection of 148th Avenue and State Road in Spring Lake Township. The intersection was blocked for a short time.

Bennett said his department had information that the person being sought would fight and resist police, thus the extra show of force. 

“He had been known to carry weapons,” Bennett said. That’s why the tactical (SWAT) team was there. But, “everything went fine,” he added.

An armored vehicle from the Holland Department of Public Safety was on standby at the scene, but it was not used, the captain said.

Bennett said the man had outstanding warrants in Ottawa County and was also wanted on a weapons case in Kent County.

“He had been living on Erie Drive,” Bennett said.

A commenter on social media said the arrest occurred inside Forest Lakes Estates Mobile Home Community, which is on the west side of 148th Avenue.

Malorie Burford commented on the “Spring Lake/Nunica Informed” Facebook page that she lived just down the road from the incident and saw more than 20 police officers in the area, as well as a SWAT team.

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