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Cruz Arraigned On Multiple Charges
Friday Aug 31, 2018 5:16pm
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(photo courtesy of Sturgis Police Department)

(CENTREVILLE) – A man who led police on a two state chase with his children in the vehicle has been arraigned on multiple charges.

St. Joseph County District Court personnel say that 37 year old Fernando Cruz was arraigned today on three counts of kidnapping; and one count each of fleeing and eluding; carrying a concealed weapon; being a felon in possession of a firearm and domestic violence. Bond is set at $250,000.

Sturgis Police were called to 108 Pioneer Street just after 10 PM Wednesday to investigate a report of a domestic assault. While investigating the assault, other officers located a suspect vehicle, and a pursuit started that went into LaGrange County, where Indiana authorities joined in the chase.

During the pursuit, police learned that Cruz had his three children in the vehicle: 5 year old Chelsey Lopez, 1 year old Matteo Nieves and 2 year old Aldo Cruz. Officers learned that Cruz allegedly had a firearm and threatened to harm himself and the children. An Amber Alert was issued at that time.

Just before 8 AM Thursday, Sturgis Police received information that Cruz may be back at the Pioneer Street residence so they returned there and set up a perimeter. Sturgis Director Of Public Safety Geoff Smith says he received a call from an Elkhart County Sheriff's Deputy who said he knew Cruz from a previous job. Smith got a number for Cruz and then called and talked with him.

Smith says Cruz wanted to surrender and after talking for a few more minutes, Cruz exited the house and surrendered.

Cruz's next court appearance is scheduled for September 11 at 8:30 AM.
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