A Mid-Michigan man considered armed and dangerous is now facing five felony charges after police found him hiding in the woods.

Gladwin County Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday, July 11 to a Sage Township subdivision after a stolen vehicle from Isabella County was found.

Once on scene, deputies spoke with a witness who identified the suspect as 33-year-old Joel Benes.

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Investigators soon learned Benes was hiding in the wood and may be armed with a shotgun. Deputies created a perimeter around the area and, along with K9 units and Michigan State Police, began searching the wooded area near the subdivision.

Benes was found in the woods and arrested without incident.

Police said he had shotgun ammunition on him and a stolen shotgun was found in the same wooded area.

He was also found to be in possession of black tar heroin, according to officials.

Benes was lodged in the Gladwin County Jail on the following charges:

1. Larceny of firearm2. Possession of firearm by a felon3. Possession of ammunition by a felon4. Possession of heroin5. Felony firearm

Benes' bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety.

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