UPDATE: 2 more suspects arrested in connection with Hesperia manhunt

September 18, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

NEWFIELD TWP. — A 21-year-old Hesperia man and a 46-year-old Hesperia man were arrested today in connection with yesterday’s exhaustive manhunt by police that followed a bizarre incident at a marijuana growing operation involving the firing of a gun.

Two men were arrested yesterday following the manhunt by police in a rural, swampy area. The two other suspects who were arrested today were on the loose until police apprehended them today.

Police were initially charging the two men arrested yesterday with attempted armed robbery, however, the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office has charged all four suspects with attempted larceny over $1,000 and possession of burglary tools, said Undersheriff Tim Priese. “They are not being charged with attempted armed robbery at this time. The investigation continues.” None of the suspects have been arraigned in 78th District Court yet, so police are not releasing their names. All four will likely be arraigned tomorrow, the undersheriff said.

A female complainant at the site called 911 after she saw men dressed in camouflage with their faces covered as they emerged from the woods heading toward the medical marijuana growing operation. She told police that she called out to them; a gunshot was fired; and the men ran off.

No one was injured during this incident, which occurred outside of Hesperia in “a rural country area, with woods, swamps and corn fields,” Priese said.

The ages and hometowns of the two men arrested yesterday were not immediately available.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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