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Search for Fleeing Parole Violator South of Lakeshore Ends

Michael Loren Warner (photo courtesy Allegan Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Michael Loren Warner (photo courtesy Allegan Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

BLOOMINGDALE, MI (WHTC) - A 32-year-old Otsego man’s desperate escape from the law ended without incident yesterday afternoon.

A multi-jurisdictional search effort for Michael Warner began on Wednesday when an Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to arrest him at a Valley Township home for cutting off his electronic tether. Warner overcame a Taser shot, jumped into his vehicle, and sped off to the south at speeds of over 100 miles an hour. He ditched his car in a wooded area near Bloomingdale and successfully eluded capture overnight.

The next day, a 14th Avenue homeowner noticed Warner breaking into his residence, taking an ATV and a couple of rifles, and chased the man into another wooded area. A subsequent search using police canines and helicopters ended with Warner being cornered in a pole barn and surrendering. Bloomindale schools were locked down both on Wednesday and yesterday, and Gobles schools had a lockdown yesterday, all as precautionary measures.

Warner is being held in the Van Buren County Jail awaiting charges involving the original parole violation and during his fugitive flight.