GRPD finds suspect in backyard after searching 2 homes

Police surround a barricaded home on Sheridan Avenue SW in Grand Rapids. (Feb. 8, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After searching two homes on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, police found the suspect in a weekend stabbing in a nearby backyard.

Police taped off several blocks and evacuated several homes in the area of the 1000 block of Sheridan Avenue SW, between Franklin and Hall streets for hours Monday night as they looked for the suspect.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said it started around 6:40 p.m. as officers were executing a search warrant in connection to a Sunday stabbing at the nearby Yester Years Lounge. They found reason to believe that the suspect in the stabbing was in the house.

There were initially a number of people inside the house, GRPD said. All but one of them, the suspect, came out. Officers eventually entered the house and found that the suspect was not inside. They then surrounded a neighboring home where they believed he may be. They soon searched and cleared that house as well, still without finding the suspect.

They searched the first home for evidence, as they had initially planned to do. Then, around 11:30 p.m., police started to clear the scene.

According to a release, police continued to search the area and discovered the suspect about half block away. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The victim in the weekend stabbing, 47-year-old Isaac Ramos, was initially hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. As of Tuesday morning he was in fair condition, according to hospital personnel.

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