Deputies: Naked man assaulted people in Ottawa Co.

Ottawa County
Joshua Rupp

A mug shot of Joshua Rupp from the Ottawa County Jail.

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a 35-year-old naked man assaulted people in two homes in Ottawa County.

Authorities were first called around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday to Polkton Township.

Dispatchers were told a nude man arrived at a home on Garfield Street and assaulted the caller’s husband, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

While deputies were on the way, the suspect moved his car and was walking up to a second home, police say.

Shortly after, the nude man had entered the second home and assaulted an older woman. He then drove east on Garfield Street and 48th Avenue, according to a news release.

When deputies arrived, authorities say they found out the man had intentionally crashed his vehicle into another car, which caused the suspect’s vehicle to be inoperable.

Later, authorities saw him running north into a wooded area just south of I-96, police say.

The suspect eventually ran out of the wooded area. Deputies were then able to chase him down and arrest him, according to a news release.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities expect he will be charged with several felonies when he is released.

The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Joshua Louis Rupp of Grand Rapids, was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree home invasion, a charge of felonious assault and a count of resisting and officer. Bond was set at $250,000.

Deputies say none of the victims were injured.

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