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Suspicious activity leads to arrest

Early last week, Cedar Springs Police Officer Jacob Marckini noticed a vehicle driving around at 2 a.m. without any lights on. As he caught up to the vehicle, it pulled into a driveway on N. Park Street, and two of the passengers fled. Officer Marckini was able to keep the driver at the scene and called for a back up unit.

Daryl Magoon

Daryl Magoon

According to Police Chief Roger Parent, the driver, Daryl John Magoon, 22, lived at this address and didn’t have a good reason for driving around without headlights on. He said that officers knew this person was arrested before for stealing from vehicles and garages in the City and noticed that he was carrying a flashlight. Magoon also was driving on a suspended license and still on probation from the earlier criminal conviction.

An interview was conducted but Officer Marckini was only able to give a citation for the driving offences. The next day the probation officer was contacted and a pick-up order was signed. The passengers were also later identified.

According to Parent, what happened next was just another step in the learning process for Officer Marckini, who is a new part-time officer.

On August 3, Officer Marckini and others went back to the home on N. Park Street and arrested Magoon. After being placed in handcuffs, Magoon asked the officers if they would help tell others, who were out in the backyard inside a small shed, that they needed to leave. “As the officers spoke with the other guests, Daryl made the wrong decision by trying to flee from the police officers,” explained Parent. “After a short foot chase, he was apprehended and placed into a patrol unit.”

Parent said that with his negative behavior and past criminal record, the Prosecutor’s Office issued a new felony charge for “Hindering and Opposing a Police Officer.”
Magoon was arraigned Monday, August 6, in 63rd District Court, on charges of assaulting/obstructing/resisting a police officer, and habitual offender-3rd notice. Bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety. On Tuesday, August 7, he was sentenced to time in jail on the driving on suspended license charge.

Parent urges residents to remember to lock their vehicles. “We continue to take reports of valuables being stolen from inside unlocked vehicles,” said Parent. “Officer Marckini recently found car doors slightly open when patrolling late at night. He spoke with one of the vehicle owners who checked his vehicle but found nothing stolen. We feel the doors were not closed to avoid someone hearing it.” He also encourages citizens to call when they see something suspicious.

Chief Parent said that Officer Marckini has been involved in a number of different criminal investigations, is a quick learner and is enjoying his duties as one of the City’s police officers.

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