Man charged with drive-by and attacking K-9

Jose Perez
A 2014 mug shot of Jose Perez from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A suspect in a drive-by shooting who Michigan State Police say also tried to stab a K-9 was formally charged Monday.

Jose Perez, 33, of Grand Rapids, was arraigned on eight counts: serious injury to a police animal (a five-year felony), being a felon in possession of a weapon, being a felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon, felonious assault, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, and felony firearm.

The shooting happened around 3:50 a.m. Sunday on Howard City/Edmore Road in Montcalm County’s Reynolds Township.

Police say the victim received text messages from the suspect while on scene and troopers determined that the suspect was at a Howard City gas station.

Troopers found the suspect’s vehicle and tried to pull it over, but the suspect took off. The chase ended a few miles away where two suspects ran into a wooded area.

An MSP K-9 unit was brought to the scene and tracked down both suspects. Perez allegedly tried to stab the K-9 with a pocket knife, but officers used a Taser on him and arrested him. Troopers say the K-9 suffered a small cut.

Troopers say they recovered the gun used in the shooting. Its serial number had been removed.

Victoria Groth
A 2015 mug shot of Victoria Groth from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

The second suspect, 29-year-old Victoria Groth of Grand Rapids, was also charged Monday. In addition to being held on a felony probation detainer out of Kent County, she’s accused of two counts of resisting and obstructing.

Perez’ bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety. Groth’s bond was set at $40,000 cash or surety.