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Elbers to be arraigned today

Jonathan Elbers (booking photo)

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer

MACOMB COUNTY — The manhunt for a 23-year old Reese man wanted by authorities for alleged intent to murder his ex-girlfriend has ended.

After an extensive search, Jonathan Elbers was located by law enforcement officials Sunday.

According to preliminary reports, Elbers was located hiding in a deer blind Sunday near New Haven, which is north of Detroit.

He will be facing several criminal charges later Monday when he is arraigned.

The investigation started about 1:05 a.m. Friday when Chesterfield Township Law Enforcement officers went to a home on Nicolette Drive in response to a call from out-of-state family members who feared their 20-year old daughter was in danger from her ex-boyfriend.

The victim’s sister let officers into the home. As the officers were checking rooms, they heard screams for help coming from the basement.

When confronted by officers, Elbers refused to comply with their  commands and struggle with them. He broke free and fled on foot. K-9 track dogs were called in to help but efforts were unsuccessful in locating Elbers. He remained at large until Sunday.

The victim told officers that Elbers had shown up at her house unannounced and he was upset over their recent break-up. He forced her into the basement where he was in the process of binding her and placing her in a large Christmas Tree storage bag when officers arrived.

The victim said Elbers choked while forcing her into the bag while telling her that he was going to put her into the back of his truck and shoot her in the head, said the police report.

During the manhunt, officers found Elbers’ truck parked on Nicolette Drive near the victims home. On the front seat was a rifle and duct tape.

Some of the charges Elbers could face in the Macomb County arrest warrant include assault with intent to murder, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and assaulting an officer causing injury.

Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.

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