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Two fugitives captured in Van Buren County will face new charges too

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Matthew Durian and Jason Smith of Gobles.(mugshots courtesy of the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department
Matthew Durian and Jason Smith of Gobles.(mugshots courtesy of the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- It wasn’t easy, but two wanted fugitives are back in custody after a foot chase behind a home in Bloomingdale Township. Van Buren County Deputies got a tip that the two were hiding out at a house in the 36-thousand block of 6th Avenue.

As deputies pulled up, they saw the two suspects run out the back door and into a field. They were chased down and arrested.

26-year-old Matthew Durian of Gobles was being sought for failing to appear for sentencing on a weapons charge. They added a marijuana count and resisting arrest, because he put up a struggle after they tackled him.

24-year-old Jason Smith, also of Gobles, was wanted on two criminal bench warrants for failing to appear for traffic violations.

They added a meth possession charge and will seek an additional count of using a scanner in the commission of a crime. When they ran him down, deputies say they could hear their own radio traffic coming from his phone, because he had a scanner app.

 

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