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Fugitive arrested in Iowa

by Judy Reed

The Sidney Township man wanted by police for assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her with a handgun last weekend has been arrested in Iowa after a 9-1/2 hour standoff.

Eric David Kramer was arrested in Iowa.

According to Sgt. Alex Dinkla with the Iowas State Patrol, the standoff began about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5. Troopers knew he had active warrants, and acting on a tip, set up in the area where he would be traveling, on Highway 370 near the Iowa-Nebraska state line.

As soon as Kramer was stopped, Dinkla said that he displayed a handgun and put it to his head. Officers tried to negotiate with him to surrender, and a special Iowa State Police negotiator was also brought in. However, they were unsuccessful, and about 3 p.m. the ISP tactical team deployed chemical agents into the vehicle, and Kramer then exited the vehicle without the gun and was taken into custody.

It all started on Sunday, September 1, when Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lakeview Post responded to the felonious assault call involving a firearm on Carlson Rd north of W. Sidney Rd at about 2 a.m. The investigation found that Kramer had assaulted his wife, Jennifer Callaghan. He threatened her at her residence on Carlson Rd with what was said to be a five-shot revolver handgun, with white handle. He pointed the handgun at her and advised that “either he or she would die tonight.” Kramer then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to her car where he then struck her with the revolver on the left temple causing injury. He continued to assault her by throwing her on the ground and forcing his body weight on her. Jennifer was able to get back into the vehicle and drive off. Kramer then got into his vehicle and left the residence. Jennifer followed him but disengaged at southbound M-66 and Sidney Rd. Troopers searched several locations in the area, but couldn’t find him.

Kramer is now facing two Iowa charges—felon in possession of a firearm and fleeing from justice. Sgt. Dinkla said he would have to face those charges before extradition to Michigan, where he will face more charges for felon in possession of a firearm and the assault charge.

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