Man irate with Ottawa County deputies charged with making terrorist threat

HUDSONVILLE, MICH. - A Jenison man who took exception to police showing up at his home is behind bars, charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism against an Ottawa County sheriff’s sergeant.

Brent Nelson South, 41, is accused of making threatening statements to a sheriff’s sergeant in a June 1 phone call to the department’s substation at Hudsonville City Hall.

He is being held on a $50,000 bond pending a probable cause conference next week.

Deputies were called to a home on Hagerview Court in Georgetown Township on a report of a man acting “peculiar,’’ said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett.

“He was upset about police responding to his home, it was a call about peculiar behavior,’’ Bennett said, declining to specify the behavior. “He was acting strangely and the officers talked to him and told him to cease and desist.

“He took exception to that and called the sergeant to complain,’’ Bennett said. “He got involved in a threatening situation over the phone. We gave the case to the prosecutor’s office and they issued a warrant.’’

Because the case involves the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, South is being held in the Kent County Jail. He was booked into the jail on Friday.

A condition of bond requires that South have no contact with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department employees and undergo a mental health evaluation before being released from jail. He also must surrender any firearms at his residence prior to his release, court records show.

His attorney is expected to ask for a competency evaluation, according to court records. If convicted of the felony charge, South faces up to 20 years in prison.

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