Two Charged Following 3-Hour Manhunt in Manistee County

A pair of outstanding warrants turned into a three hour manhunt and two arrests in Manistee County.

We first told you about the six agency manhunt Monday.

The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office says it started Friday afternoon near Voelm and Steinberg Roads in Norman Township.

Deputies stopped Michael Danders to serve the warrants and say Michael’s father, Joel Danders, showed up and confronted deputies with a snow shovel.

While arresting Joel, Michael ran from the scene, starting the hours-long search involving the DNR, Coast Guard, state police, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, Manistee city and tribal police.

It’s a search the sheriff says could’ve been longer if not for the inter-agency collaboration.

“The help of surrounding agencies, you know in a blink of an eye they were there. Because their cooperation and how we worked together and share our resources, we were able to have two K-9 dogs on scene, we were able to have the Coast Guard fly over in a helicopter. So it’s just a matter of time before we caught up to the subject,” explained Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan.

Michael was later found and had to be treated for hypothermia before being taken to jail.

He’s charged with assault and resisting and obstructing, among other charges.

His father is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting and obstructing.