Residents recount massive manhunt that ended in neighborhood, su - WNEM TV 5

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Residents recount massive manhunt that ended in neighborhood, suspect ID'd

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BIRCH RUN, MI (WNEM) -

A massive manhunt took place on Thursday morning for a man wanted for at least five felonies and accused of pointing a gun at a state trooper. That man has been identified as 23-year-old Michael Anthony Peterson.

"I couldn't believe it. This is a really low key neighborhood where nothing ever happens out here," said resident Ray Denman.

In a neighborhood on Rathbun Road, northwest of Birch Run, a drama surrounding a police manhunt unfolded.

It all began at Silver Creek Apartments around 8:30 this morning. Police were searching for a suspect accused of pointing a gun at an officer last week.

Police said when they approached Peterson he took off, hiding in the woods.

Just before 11 a.m, a Michigan State Police K-9 officer spotted him hiding in brush under a tree at this home.

Denman lives across the street from where the search ultimately ended.

"Looked outside and the state boys sitting in there with all their attack gear and everything," Denman said.

Peterson, saddled with handcuffs on hands and feet, was taken to St. Mary's hospital in Saginaw. He had cuts on his arms and wasn't wearing shoes.

State Police Lieutenant David Kaiser said Peterson, a Saginaw resident, is a dangerous man.

"Members of the Michigan State Police fugitive team just informed me it is a 16-count felony warrant. Multiple weapons offenses," Kaiser said.

Other charges include home invasion and assault and battery. Rachel Mader lives blocks away from where the suspect was hiding and is relieved he decided not to take refuge in her backyard.

"That is scary. What would you have done you know? I don't know what i would've done if he would've come over this way. I mean that's just crazy," Mader said.

 Denman said this will be a day he won't forget.

"Oh yeah. Definitely putting this one in my journal," Denman said.

Peterson was arraigned Friday on multiple charges including home invasion, assault and battery and felonious assault among others.

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