Sheriff’s Dept.: Man tried to abduct estranged wife

Simon Hatley
Simon Hatley's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (Nov. 1, 2016)

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to kidnap a his estranged wife near Grand Rapids.

The attempted abduction happened around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday in a neighborhood north of Ada Drive in Ada Township.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says 52-year-old Simon Hatley, armed with what initially appeared to be a handgun, tried to force his estranged wife into his car. She got away and ran to a nearby home to call 911.

Hatley was found riding a bike in the area and arrested. The sheriff’s office says he was carrying an airsoft pistol that looks like a real firearm. Investigators said they also found “other items of interest” in Hatley’s backpack, though a Wednesday release did not specify what those were.

He faces charges of armed robbery, which is punishable by life in prison, assault with intent to commit unlawful imprisonment, a 10-year felony, aggravated stalking, a 5-year felony, and a 2-year felony weapons offense.