CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Chesterfield Township police say a 23-year-old man is on the loose after forcing his ex-girlfriend into a Christmas tree bag, threatening to shoot her and then escaping officers when they arrived at the home.
Police are looking for Jonathan Elbers, who they consider extremely dangerous, after confronting him early Friday morning at his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend's parents' home on Nicolette Drive.
Officers were called by the woman's family members in Florida who said they feared she was having a problem with her ex-boyfriend, Elbers, at the home.
When officers arrived they were greeted by the woman's sister, who let them into the house.
They could hear the victim screaming "help me" from the basement. Officers went to the basement stairway where Elbers appeared bleeding heavily from his head. He refused to comply with officers or listen to their commands.
He struggled with police until he broke free and fled on foot.
A foot chase and K-9 track was unsuccessful.
According to police, the victim told officers Elbers choked her while forcing her into the bag. However, she then heard the officers calling out her name. Elbers paused. That's when she struck him in the head with a porcelain statue. He tried to flee toward the stairway, where police first confronted him.
The victim says Elbers was upset about the recent break-up and showed up unannounced at the home while her parents were in Florida. She couldn't reason with him before he forced her into the basement where he started to bind her and place her in a Christmas tree bag.
Neighbor Cindy Gagleard said she knows the victim.
"I feel really bad. She's a good kid, a really good kid," Gagleard said. "I wish we would have heard something to have gone over there to help her."
Gagleard said she talked with the girl's parents and they are on their way back home.
"They said she was ok but pretty shaken up," Gagleard said.
Police have been using ground crews and a helicopter to search for Elbers.
Anyone with information on Elbers' whereabouts is urged to call Chesterfield Township police at 586-949-2322.
Description of suspect:
Elbers is described as a white man standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He last was seen wearing a long sleeve T-shirt, cargo-style jeans and work boots. He is a resident of Reese, Mich., which is a village about 15 miles east of Saginaw.
His hair is described as longer and shaggier than it appears in the attached photo. He should have a noticeable wound to his head.
Macomb County prosecutor charges Elbers with intent to murder
Elbers now faces charges from the Macomb County prosecutor including assault with intent to murder, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment and assaulting an officer causing injury.
Police are calling him a dangerous suspect.
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