Dangerous suspect arrested after day-long search

Armed robber on the loose

KENT COUNTY, MICH. - Kent County Dispatch has confirmed an arrest has been made after a search for a dangerous suspect. 

Thomas Soisson, 27, was arrested in the westbound lanes of I-96 in the Walker area after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Our Walker tower cam caught the arrest as it happened.

Soisson was considered armed and dangerous. According to the sheriff's department, he was on parole for fleeing and eluding from police as well as resisting and obstructing a police officer.  The sheriff's department also told us he was a convicted sex offender but we have not been able to find his name on any data base.

"The MSP chopper deployed and observed the suspect run into a wooded area in the complex of York Creek," said Kent County Chief Deputy Kevin Kelly said during the afternoon search.

"We thought we had him pinned down in that wooded area. We set up a perimeter. We thought we had him contained. We called in our K9 units they went in and did several extensive searches of that area, only to determine that he was not in there and that he had broken our perimeter per se and fled out into the community."

Stoney Creek Elementary School, Green Ridge Elementary School and Holy Trinity Catholic School were under a lockdown earlier in the day while the search was underway. 

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