An intense, regional manhunt led to the arrest of a Pittsfield Township man accused of pistol whipping a man and driving off with his girlfriend against her will.
The incident happened in the parking lot of Huntington Bank on Michigan Avenue in Saline around 10 p.m., Thursday, according to Jerrod Hart, Saline’s Chief of Police.
Police, fire and ambulance were dispatched to the scene. A 33-year-old man from Horton, with a large laceration on his head, told police he was struck with a hand-gun by a 49-year-old man from Pittsfield Township as they sat in a car. The suspect then fled the scene with the victim’s girlfriend, a 29-year-old woman from Jackson, in the car.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-threatening wounds, Hart said.
Law enforcement spent Friday tracking the suspect. The Saline Police Department was assisted by the U.S. Marshals – Detroit Apprehension Team, the White Lake Police Department and the Royal Oak Police Department.
The suspect was found by police late Friday with the woman in a vehicle in White Lake Township. Hart said the woman wasn’t harmed. She told police she was held against her will, Hart said.
Saline police brought the suspect back to the Saline Police Department for booking around midnight. The suspect was then lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail awaiting arraignment. The case will be forwarded to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review within the next 48 hours Hard said.
“I am very prod of the work of the work Saline police officers did on this case and I am grateful for the continued regional collaboration with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Hart said.
Police are seeking felony charges of felonious assault and false imprisonment.