Barricaded gunman charged with crimes of domestic violence
A 39-year-old, from Vestaburg, is facing charges of domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend on August 13.
According the the Montcalm County Sherriff's office, Brandon Carl Clements, has been wanted by authorities since an incident on June 16th.
A 32-year-old female says that she had been in a relationship with Clements for about two years but ended it several months ago due to his aggressive behavior.
On June 16th, the victim says that Clements followed her from her home to Lakeview village with his car. Clements then allegedly rammed his car into her car several times blocking her path.
Eventually, she was able to drive away to a gas station to call 911.
A Trooper was able to locate Clements and Sheriff's deputies were on the scene to question him. Authorities also suspected he was driving under the influence.
Clements was taken to the hospital for pain where a deputy remained with him for several hours. The deputy then left after being informed that Clements was going to be transferred to Grand Rapids for further treatment. Against medical advice, Clements walked out of the hospital. Authorities have been looking for him since then. The Montcalm County Prosecutor's office authorized a three count felony warrant.
According to the sheriff's office, on August 13, the same female victim was leaving work when Clements was hiding in the back seat of her car. Clements then physically assaulted her and drove away in her car.
Authorities located Clements alone inside the victim's home and repeatedly tried to get him to open the door. It was believed that Clements was armed.
After 12 hours of negotiations, a negotiator was able to convince Clements to surrender.
Clements was turned over to Montcalm County Sheriff's deputies and is behind bars for charges from the June 16th incident as well as from the August 13th incident.
Clements was arraigned on Aug. 14, with no bond, on unlawful imprisonment, malicious destruction to personal property, felonious assault from June 16th incident as well as domestic violence and unlawfully driving away an automobile on Aug. 13.