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Free Soil Township man, deputy allegedly assaulted Saturday

March 26, 2019

FREE SOIL TWP. — A Free Soil Township man and deputies of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office were allegedly assaulted Saturday afternoon in an incident on the 8200 block of N. Custer Road in Free Soil Township.

Deputies Matt Moss and Spence Lindbloom were dispatched to a residence at 12:21 p.m. Saturday, said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. When deputies and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer arrived, they located a suspect outside the Free Soil Township residence of the alleged victim.

“While (Deputy Moss) and DNR officer were addressing the suspect, (Deputy Lindbloom) went into the home and found the victim, a 72-year-old brother to the suspect, suffering from multiple stab wounds to his arm and leg,” Cole stated in a press release.

“While (Moss) and DNR officer were addressing the suspect, he allegedly punched the (Moss) in the side of the head,” Cole stated.

“He was then taken into custody,”Cole stated.

According to Chief Deputy Oscar Devila, Moss was not injured.

Life EMS transported the victim to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital where he was initially treated before being transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, Cole stated.

The suspect is the Mason County Jail pending an arraignment, Cole stated. The suspect is a 56-year-old Free Soil male. He is facing charges for his alleged felonious assault for stabbing and the alleged assault on Moss.

According to Cole, the suspect is has not been arraigned because he is refusing to leave his cell.

“Needless to say, it’s unusual to have a person incarcerated who doesn’t want to be arraigned which would afford him the opportunity to post bail,” Cole said.

Cole said he is working with the court and others who can assist this gentleman with any needs or concerns he might have.