HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Deputies are searching for a man who they say assaulted a woman and prompted a standoff that cleared an apartment complex in Holland Township Saturday.
Just before noon, deputies with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office were sent to Westwood Lane near 136th Avenue for report of a man with a gun and knife in an apartment, who had assaulted an 18-year-old woman he was in a relationship with.
She had been able to escape and contact police, but initial reports suggested an 18-month-old child may have been in the apartment.
The man was identified by deputies as 19-year-old Xavier Rose of Holland.
The Critical Response Team and crisis negotiators were called to the scene and attempted to make contact with Rose.
When the apartment was cleared, Rose and child were not found inside. The child was found safe in another location with family of Rose. She was reunited with her mother, deputies said.
Deputies are looking for Rose, who they describe as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 180-200 pounds. He has short curly hair with light facial hair. The sheriff’s office provided a photo.
Anyone with information on where Rose may be is asked to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 616.738.4000 or Silent Observer.
Neighboring apartments were evacuated during the standoff but deputies have since cleared the scene and allowed neighbors to return to their apartments. Police said there is no immediate danger to apartment residents.
“The suspect did leave the area here and he was known to be armed with a firearm and also a knife. So there’s some concern from that standpoint but as far as him being here in this immediate apartment complex, he’s believed to no longer be here in this area,” said Captain Jake Sparks with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
The 18-year-old woman had minor injuries, police said.