Vestaburg man faces slew of charges after two incidents with ex-girlfriend

By Daily News • Last Updated 6:02 pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brandon Clements

CATO TOWNSHIP — A 39-year-old Vestaburg man is behind bars and faces multiple charges after two alleged violent attacks on his ex-girlfriend.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office investigated a domestic violence complaint on Wednesday that led to Brandon Carl Clements being charged with the crimes of domestic violence and stealing the victim’s automobile, among others.

The victim, a 32-year-old female, and Clements had been in a relationship for about two years. However, the victim ended the relationship several months ago due to his assaultive behavior toward her.

On June 16, she reported to sheriff’s deputies Clements had followed her from her Mecosta County home into the village of Lakeview with his car and rammed into her car several times, eventually blocking her path with his car. She was able to finally drive away and went to a nearby gas station and called 911.

Subsequently, Clements was located a few miles away by a trooper from the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene a short time afterward to question Clements regarding the incident. He was also suspected of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Clements was then transported to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital by Michigan State Police as he was complaining of pain and to obtain a blood sample for the suspected OWl investigation. A deputy remained at the hospital for several hours and was told that Clements would be transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital for further treatment.

After the deputy had left the hospital, Clements, against medical advice, walked out of the hospital. Subsequently, Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a three-count felony warrant against Clements for the incident. Sheriff’s Deputies have been looking for Clements since. It was believed he was purposely evading law enforcement.

On Wednesday, the victim from the June 16 event was leaving her work location in Lakeview and, after entering her car in the parking lot, was surprised by Clements who was hiding in the back seat of her car. Clements physically assaulted the victim while inside the car. She was able to eventually stop the car near Lakeview and fled on foot. Clements then drove away with the victim’s car without her permission.

A sheriff’s deputy and a trooper from the Lakeview Post went to the victim’s home in Mecosta County to try and locate Clements. They were eventually assisted by deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.

They were able to determine that Clements was inside the home alone. Repeated requests by police for Clements to come to the door were ignored. It was also believed Clements was armed with several firearms. Subsequently, the Michigan State Police requested assistance from their Emergency Services Division.

After approximately 12 hours a Michigan State Police negotiator was able to convince Clements to surrender. He was taken into custody and turned over to Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies where he was lodged on the charges steaming from the June 16 incident as well as additional charges from the Aug. 13 incident.

Clements was arraigned Thursday on the following charges, with no bond: unlawful imprisonment, 20-year felony; malicious destruction to personal property, four-year felony; felonious assault, four-year felony; domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor; unlawfully driving away an automobile

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