Delta County Man Charged for Holding Wife Hostage


    Michigan State PoliceMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An Upper Peninsula man who allegedly held his wife hostage at gunpoint, and then held police at bay for several hours, was charged with several felonies on Wednesday.

    John Sarasin, 62, had a gun and wouldn’t let his wife leave their home in Flat Rock in Delta County Tuesday evening. Three hours later, a Michigan State Police hostage negotiator convinced him to let her go.  But Sarasin stayed holed up in the home until about 2:30 Wednesday morning when police eventually convinced him to give up.

    Sarasin was arraigned on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault with a dangerous weapon, committing a felony while in the possession of a firearm, and interference of an electronic communication.

    He remains lodged in the Delta County jail.  His brother, Daryl Sarasin, 64, was charged with obstructing a police officer.  The incident remains under investigation.

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