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Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 :: 04:25 p.m. EDT


Felonious Assault Arrest. See NIXLE site for full story.

SUBJECT OF RELEASE:  Felonious Assault Arrest
DATE AND TIME:  Approximately 7:44 P.M. on Monday, August 2, 2021
LOCATION:  21000 block of West Almy Road, Reynolds Township
The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man wielding a machete and making threats near the 21000 block of West Almy Road in Reynolds Township at approximately 7:44 P.M. on Monday, August 2, 2021.
Deputies responded to the area and spotted a vehicle matching a vehicle description of the suspect with the machete.  The vehicle was stopped at which time the man refused to comply with orders by the deputy.  The man began to resist as the deputy and assisting officer attempted to take the man into custody.  The machete was located in the man’s vehicle.
The victim in this case, a 53-year-old man from Howard City, was threatened with the machete prior to the deputy arriving but was not injured.
The man has been identified as Benito Lopez, age 41, from Howard City.  Lopez has been charged with two counts of Resisting and Obstructing an Officer as well as a charge of Felonious Assault.  Lopez remains in the County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
The deputy and assisting officer were uninjured.  Drug use by Lopez is suspected to be a contributing factor.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lakeview Police Department.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
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Stanton, MI 48888

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