Oct 17

Press Release: Car Pedestrian Traffic Fatality, Lapeer township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Sunday 10-16-2016 at 5:54 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a car-pedestrian injury traffic crash on Clark Road to the north of Turrill Road in Lapeer (Lapeer County’s Lapeer Township).

David Houghtaling age 44 from Lapeer was walking north on Clark Road. Originally, Houghtaling was walking along the east edge of the roadway. A 2010 Dodge Avenger was traveling south on Clark Road driven by Jason Morrell age 43 from Lapeer. It was before sunrise and the area does not have street lightening. Rain was not occurring when the crash occurred.

Morrell reported that he observed Houghtaling before the collision. Houghtaling waived one of his hands while walking along the east roadway edge. As Morrell approached, Houghtaling walked into the travel portion of the roadway waiving both of his hands. Morrell stated intentions of driving past Houghtaling before stopping. Houghtaling ran toward Morrell’s vehicle as he approached. Statements and evidence (vehicle damage) supports that Houghtaling ran into the driver’s side of Morrell’s vehicle.

After the initial impact, Houghtaling came to rest on the ground within the northbound lane. Morrell stopped along the west roadway shoulder to call 911. A 2007 Nissan Murano driven by 20 year old Rafi Salim from Farmington Hills was traveling north on Clark Road. Salim subsequently struck Houghtaling a second while he was positioned on the ground within the northbound lane.

Houghtaling was transported by ambulance to McLaren in Lapeer and pronounced deceased at 6:29 AM. Morrell and Salim are both cooperating with deputies and alcohol involvement on their behalf has been ruled out. Alcohol involvement on the part of Houghtaling remains under investigation.

The roadway was closed for approximately 1 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Officers with the City of Lapeer Police Department. This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org.

Oct 14

Press Release: Armed Robbery – Gas Station in Mayfield Township

On Friday 10-14-2016 at 2:29 AM,   Lapeer County 911 Center dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to the Beacon and Bridge Gas Station located at 1898 N. Lapeer Road in Lapeer (Lapeer County’s Mayfield Township) for an armed robbery that just occurred.

The 19 year old store employee told deputies that they were stocking the shelves and not immediately positioned behind the counter when the suspect entered the building.   The suspect walked behind the counter to the cash registered. The employee encountered the suspect while he was behind the counter at the register.  The suspect produced a weapon and demanded cash.  The employee provided cash (amount not being disclosed) from the register to the suspect.

The suspect fled the store on foot.  The 19 year old employee and only individual inside the building at the time of the armed robbery was not harmed.

Pictures from store video

Pictures from store video


Pictures from store video

Pictures from store video

White male with estimated height of 5-10 tall
Estimated weight range of 180 and 200 pounds
Estimated age range estimated at 30 to 40 years old
Blond facial hair noticed beneath the mask (either beard or goatee)

Black ski mask
Blue coat (thin- baggy style with hood pulled over head)
Dark pants
Dark shoes

No vehicles associated.  The suspect fled the building on foot and was last observed running south in direction toward Lapeer.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies with the assistance of the City of Lapeer Police Department, Metamora Township, and Dryden Police Department established a perimeter.  Michigan State Police Canine Team responded to assist.   Despite efforts, the suspect was not immediately located.

Anyone with information or can identify this individual is requested to contact Lapeer County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org.   Information can also called into the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Tip line (810-245-1374).

Sep 22

Fatal ORV Traffic Crash: Attica Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Friday 09-16-2016 at 6:41 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to Mountain Drive (private drive) in Attica for an injury traffic crash involving an off road vehicle.

Manuel Felix age 33 from Attica was operating a 2004 Suzuki Z400 northbound. Felix was not wearing a helmet and performing “wheelies” when the unit overturned. Felix was ejected and landed on the asphalt pavement.

Suzuki Z400- not actual vehicle involved in event

Suzuki Z400- not actual vehicle involved in event

Felix was transported to McLaren- Lapeer due to the injuries sustained. On Tuesday 09-20-2016 at 5:35 PM, Felix succumbed to his injuries at McLaren- Lapeer.

The reckless/careless operation of the ORV and alcohol are contributing factors in this fatal traffic crash which remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

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