Friday, Feb. 23, at about 2:45 p.m. Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop in Norman Township. The deputies were attempting to arrest Michael Danders on an outstanding warrant.
He resisted arrest, and his father, Joel Danders, arrived at the scene in another vehicle and assaulted a deputy with a shovel. The father was arrested at the scene.
Michael Danders fled into a wooded area after threatening law enforcement who would apprehend him.
A perimeter was established as the deputies tracked the Danders.
After more than three hours and about seven miles of tracking, he was located in a flooded cedar swamp and taken into custody by DNR Conservation Officer Ryan Andrews and Mason County K-9 officer Ken Baum. He was in possession of a large hunting knife. Danders continued to resist and refused to walk out of the swamp, requiring other officers to assist in bringing him to a waiting ambulance, where he was treated for hypothermia before being lodged in the Manistee County Jail.
Both Subjects were arraigned in the 85th District Court. Joel Danders was arraigned on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault/resisting and obstructing police. His bond was set at 15,000 with 10% cash surety.
Michael Danders was arraigned on charges of assault/resisting and obstructing police- bond set at $10,000/10%, failure to appear with bond at $100,000 cash/surety, and bench warrant failed to appear for show cause bond set at $5000 cash.