Criminal charges filed against rave organizers in Mecosta County
Criminal charges have been filed against the organizers of the rave that drew nearly 2,000 young people leading to a sexual assault and many drug and alcohol overdoses.
Brittany Lee Johnson, 20 of Cedar Springs, James Michael Taylor, 21 of Blanchard, as well as Daniel Edward Misner, 20 of Howard City, are charged with a violation of the Liquor Control Act, which is furnishing a location for the use of alcohol and collecting money.
Mecosta County's Chief Prosecutor Pete Jaklevic says his investigation was helped by the organizers themselves, when they proudly spoke publicly about what they had accomplished, "Many of the organizers have gone on TV, have acknowledged their behavior and their conduct and we certainly appreciate them for doing that because it's made our job a lot easier."
Charges were filed against the three because they are accused of organizing the rave, charging money for parking, and alcohol was present. The charge they face is a one year felony and a $1,000 fine. The three could also have to pay for the cost of the EMS.
Brittany Johnson has been arrested and is in custody.
The police are looking for Daniel Misner and the police believe that James Taylor fled to California. The police are working on trying to get Taylor back to Michigan.
According to the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department, many calls were made around 11 p.m. Saturday about traffic problems and improperly parked cars.
According to Sgt. Casey Nemeth, the crowd was filled with people under the age of 21 and emergency crews had to take intoxicated or injured people to local hospitals.
A possible rape at the party is still under investigation. Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell says because the vicitm was intoxicated at the time of the alleged attack, it's been difficult to piece together what happened.