A man who tried to run over a Cedar Springs woman with his pickup truck is in jail on assault charges.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the couple left a Newaygo bar on Labor Day, September 2, after arguing. They drove to Cedar Springs, where the woman lived on S. First Street. After arguing in her apartment, the man left, but returned within minutes. The man reportedly wanted money, and the woman went outside and threw some at him. After getting the money, the man got into his pickup truck and tried to run her over. As he sped towards the woman, she jumped out of the way. The vehicle ran over a curb, light pole, and then struck the front of the apartment building, causing damage to a large glass window. The man then backed up and sped away.
Officer Chad Tucker responded to the scene, and obtained statements from the victim and witnesses. A message was sent to area police agencies to be on the lookout for this truck. “Knowing the name of the suspect and where he might be heading helped,” said Parent. Within hours the Michigan State Police located the vehicle abandoned in Newaygo County. The vehicle had been reported stolen a few days earlier by the Muskegon Township Police Department.
On Tuesday evening, September 3, Officer Tucker was contacted by the Newaygo County Sheriff Department that they had picked up the suspect. Robert James Parkey, 47, of White Cloud, was arrested and lodged in the Kent County Jail. A warrant was authorized by the Prosecutor’s Office for Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and Receiving and Concealing stolen property-vehicle. He will also face being a Habitual Offender 4th. His bond was set at $60,000 and he was still in custody at press time.
The 45-year-old female victim will have to answer to the 78th District Court in Newaygo as to why she was with this man. There was a current “Bond Conditional Release” no contact order that had the female listed as a protected person from Robert James Parkey. The court order was issued back on August 22.