ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Six Days Under Siege

Updated on May 26, 2012

My home is my castle

The castle of my dreams
The castle of my dreams

Staying Safe

On Monday, May 21, 2012 about 10:30am a fugitive escaped from a transport vehicle. He came through the loose guard between the police officer and himself, assaulted the police officer and took his gun and cell phone. The officer was able to escape from the police car with minor injuries. What has ensued since has been a huge manhunt.

The fugitive was released from jail in July, 2011 after serving time on a CSC charge. That's a sex offense. He was being transported to arraignment on a home invasion charge. Police immediately put up road blocks and signs alerting drivers on I75 that there was an escaped fugitive and do not pick up any hitchhikers.

This young man left driving a police car that he dumped near where M55 and I75 meet in Roscommon County in Michigan. That is about fifteen miles from where I live. I knew nothing of this until my daughter who lives two and a half hours south of me called and told me to lock myself in. They suspected he was coming my way. I called my parents who were due to come through that area an let them know what was going on.

Everyone thought they'd have him by nightfall. That did not happen. On Tues. they found his discarded orange jumpsuit. They also knew he'd placed a phone call, but had turned off the phone. He would not be located by the phone's GPS system. Heat sensors from helicopters could not penetrate the wooded area he was in. Dogs could not keep his scent because it is a swampy area.

The big break came on Wed. They found the deer blind he'd holed up in and snack wrappers from snacks he'd found. He was bare foot and in shorts and a t-shirt. While some local roads were opened again and life seemed to be getting back to normal we were still instructed to remain indoors with doors locked.

I am not a fan of being couped up unless I choose to be. Tues. night I joined a former colleague for dinner. I took all the safety precautions I could. Basically I was following directions.

Wed. night the fugitive approached a young woman in her mobile home and threatened her with the gun through her screen door. She screamed at others who were with her to call 9-1-1. As soon as police arrived she and her friends and the children were escorted out of the area. Many people in the immediate vicinity also evacuated. Police dogs were returned to the area. People in the area sat glued to their police scanners and updating others on Facebook.

Thurs. I ventured out for lunch with another friend. Then I was back home and locked up until I took a call from my mom asking me to join her and dad at a local place for dinner. I again ventured out. Still using safety precautions. When I returned home I took out the garbage and talked to a friend while I was in the yard picking up some debris left from winter. Then I was once again locked in.

Friday, I paid my bills, ran errands, and did some grocery shopping. If I was going to be confined to my house, I'd need to restock my food supplies. Friday night gun shots were heard in the area where they believe the fugitive is. Also people who lived farther down state had not heard about the manhunt and were coming north for the holiday weekend. Many who have cabins in the area were outraged at not being told. Police officers went through cabins on request to make sure that no one was in them.

As day six of the siege/manhunt comes into dusk, the young man is still at large. He's most likely hungry. I hear from the young woman who saw him that his face is cut and scratched from running through the woods. We know he's barefoot as they've found his footprints. Rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. I am hoping they catch him and life goes back to normal.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      6 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      As a footnote. The fugitive was captured on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 6:45 am. It was a peaceful capture as they found him sleeping in a deer blind, much closer to my home than he had been previously. I am no longer under siege.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)