Two-County Manhunt Ends Thursday Evening

Two-County Manhunt Ends Thursday Evening

A parolee who ran from Allegan County deputies Wednesday has been captured Thursday evening in Van Buren County. Michael Warner's run from the law caused Bloomingdale and Gobles schools to go into lockdown at the end of their day.

Investigators say Warner was on parole for home invasion and larceny when he reportedly made some threatening statements suggesting he might be a danger to himself.

Authorities say Warner cut his tether Wednesday, and a deputy looking for him found him near 44th Street and Grant Drive in Valley Township.

Warner refused to comply with the deputy, who then tried to use a taser on him but failed.

Warner drove away, leading deputies on a chase into Van Buren County.

Deputies say they gave up that chase because of danger to the public, but later Wednesday evening they found Warner's abandoned vehicle on Van Buren County Road 388.

A K-9 then led investigators to Warner's cell phone, but they were unable to find him.

WOOD TV's Ken Kolker reports a resident in the Bloomingdale area encountered the parolee Thursday, and authorities recovered a stolen ATV and two long guns after that incident.  They were again unable to find Warner, though, until Thursday evening.

Authorities at one point thought they had caught Warner, but the armed man they encountered in a field turned out to be an area resident also looking for Warner.

Anyone with information should call 911, the Allegan County Sheriff's Office at 269-673-0500, or Silent Observer at 855-745-3680.


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