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


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.