A Crystal Township woman is in critical condition after a man she was riding with strangled her and pushed her from the vehicle.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Office, on Monday, May 23, two people were traveling on Berridge Road, in Eureka Township, south of Fenwick Road, looking for morel mushrooms, about 7:16 p.m., when they heard someone calling for help.
The two found a 19-year-old woman from Crystal, and she was badly injured, so the two took her to Spectrum United Memorial Hospital in Greenville for treatment. Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to United Memorial regarding the assault victim. The Crystal woman told the deputy that she was traveling with a man in his car and that a disagreement arose between the two. The woman reported that the man became irate and assaulted her, including strangling her and pushing her out of his vehicle.
The victim was later flown from United Memorial to Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids via AeroMed.
The suspect, identified as Devin Sebastian Tumbleson, age 28 from Belding, was initially arrested for aggravated assault and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail.
He was later charged with Assault With Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder and Assault By Strangulation. Tumbleson was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and he remains behind bars with a $25,000.00 bond.
Police said the man and woman knew each other but were not involved in an intimate relationship.
The Crystal woman remains in the hospital listed in Critical Condition.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police assisted the Sheriff’s Office.
The case remains under investigation.