Fugitives arrested near Lawrence

Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    LAWRENCE - Two parole fugitives were arrested late Saturday night, Nov. 24, in Lawrence Township. One  individual tried to escape authorities by hiding under a trap door inside a residence, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff Daniel Abbott said  depu-ties received information that two wanted parole fugitives were in the 56000 block of 56th Street. Deputies went to the location at approximately 11:30 p.m. in an attempt to locate them. While investigating, the two subjects showed up in a vehicle. Deputies arrested  one individual; the other ran into the residence.
    Deputies  could see Bobby Bryan Tillery, 42, of Lawrence, who was also wanted by law enforcement on a warrant for dangerous drugs.
    Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence, but, before they entered, one of the wanted fugitives surrendered to deputies. Tillery was still inside; so, deputies searched the residence, and found him hiding under a trap door in the floor beneath a couch and carpet.  He surrendered and was transported to the Van Buren County Jail.
    Tillery also faces charges of resisting and obstructing, and  parole violations. Other suspects face charges, also: a 40-year-old Benton Harbor man on a parole violation, a 37-year-old Lawrence man, while a 34-year-old Hartford man faces multiple traffic warrants.

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