Suspects in Ionia Co. break-in, chase arrested

BELDING, Mich. — Authorities have located two of the three suspects in a breaking and entering that led to a chase in Ionia County Tuesday morning.

Investigators were searching for 21-year-old Antonio LaBanca and 19-year-old Casey Stapp throughout the morning, but were found at a home in Gowan and taken into custody after a second chase.

MSP Sgt. Kim Vetter said the suspects tried to throw out a handgun during the second chase, but it was recovered.

They are expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Authorities are still working to identify a third suspect in the case.

The pursuit began around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Fairplain Township in Montcalm County, where authorities say a homeowner caught the suspects breaking into a legal marijuana growing shed and had a handgun pointed at him.

Michigan State Police troopers came to the scene and started a chase that lasted several miles into Ionia County and resulted in two cruisers crashing. Two troopers suffered minor injuries.

Authorities said the suspects then abandoned the vehicle in Belding and ran away.

Several hours later, authorities used a convenience store cup to help track the suspects down. Investigators figured out where the cup came from and used surveillance footage to verify the suspects’ identities.

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3 comments

  • C

    Why not indicate where they were caught? It seems that nowadays the news sources won’t tell where people were apprehended, just like where missing people were found.

  • Megan

    There WAS NOT A SECOND CHASE FOX 17 get your facts straight Casey is my brother there was never a second car chase and your guys are the only ones saying a gun got pointed at victim and that there was a second chase and gun got thrown then no there WAS NOT A SECOND CHASE fix your damn article thanks antonio turned him self in and my brother also did in gowen!

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