'Dangerous suspect' captured - WNEM TV 5

'Dangerous suspect' captured, arraigned

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Jonathan Elbers, 23, a resident of Reese. Jonathan Elbers, 23, a resident of Reese.
A mugshot of Elbers released by police on Monday. A mugshot of Elbers released by police on Monday.

A man from Reese has been captured by police in connection to an assault on his ex-girlfriend.

Chesterfield Township Police were looking for Jonathan Elbers, 23, after they said he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend while her family was away in Florida.

Police said on Friday morning around 1 a.m., officers went to a home on Nicolette Drive following a call from family members in Florida. 

The family members said they feared that their 20-year-old daughter might be having a problem with her ex-boyfriend at the Macomb County home. 

Officers were met at the home by a sister of the victim, who opened the darkened, quiet home with a key to let officers inside. As the officers checked from room to room, calling out the victim's name, they said they heard screams of "help me" coming from the basement. 

As they approached the basement stairway, the suspect, Elbers, appeared on the stairs, bleeding heavily from his head.  Police said Elbers refused to comply with commands and a struggle ensued, with Elbers ultimately breaking free from officers and fleeing on foot from the home. 

Authorities said the ensuing foot chase and K-9 tracking efforts were unsuccessful in locating Elbers. 

The victim told officers that Elbers had shown up at her house unannounced and upset over their recent break-up, while her parents were in Florida. She said she was unable to reason with him and he forced her into the basement where he was in the process of binding her and placing her in a large "Christmas Tree" bag when she heard the officers calling out her name. 

She told officers that while Elbers was choking her and forcing her into the bag, he was telling her that he was going to put her into the back of his truck and shoot her in the head.  She explained that when Elbers heard the officers he paused, which gave her the opportunity to strike him in the head with a porcelain statue. He then fled towards the stairway. 

Police later located Elbers' truck parked on Nicolette near the victim's home. Authorities said a rifle and duct tape were on the front seat.

Elbers was captured Sunday afternoon without incident about two miles from where the alleged assault took place. He was arraigned Monday on five counts, including first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to murder. Elbers bond was set at $2.1 million.

He faces life in prison if convicted on all the charges. 

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