Barricaded suspect in Woodland Township now in custody



WOODLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A former juvenile lifer wanted for a series of break-ins led police on a chase through Barry County Wednesday and then barricaded himself inside a gas station for nearly seven hours, authorities say.

Timothy Maloy Riddle, 48, of Hastings, was charged Thursday with felonious assault, fleeing and eluding a police officer and resisting and obstructing a police officer. The Barry County Sheriff’s Office added that additional charges “on behalf of multiple police agencies” were expected to be added in coming weeks.

An Aug. 5, 2021, booking photo of Timothy Riddle from the Barry County Jail.

Michigan State Police Detective 1st. Lt. Chuck Christensen said Riddle was wanted for several break-ins that happened in Barry County Wednesday, so investigators put out an alert for area police agencies to be on the lookout for him. He was ultimately spotted by Hastings police, who started chasing him and called in the Barry County Sheriff’s Office to help.

The chase came to an end around 6:30 p.m. at a Mobil gas station on M-43/E. Broadway Street between Harrison Street and Velte Road in Woodland. The village is about 10 miles northeast of Hastings.

Once at the gas station, Christensen said, Riddle got out of his car carrying a shotgun stolen in one of the break-ins. Christensen could not say Thursday whether Riddle pointed the gun at pursuing deputies, but noted there is dashboard camera video showing what happened.

A deputy fired several shots, which did not hit anyone.

Christensen said Riddle went into the gas station.

“He did fire some rounds in the store — we don’t think at anybody in particular; up in the ceiling,” Christensen said.

A customer was able to run out of the door, which Riddle had not blocked.

That lone customer told News 8 on Thursday that he had stopped at the station to grab a quick coffee, leaving his car running in the parking lot. He said Riddle never threatened him or even told him to leave.

MSP said two workers stayed hidden inside the gas station but were later able to get out.

Once Riddle barricaded himself inside the store, negotiators were called in. At some point, authorities pulled off the front door. Around 1:30 a.m., negotiators got Riddle to give himself up without further incident.

In the end, neither he nor anyone else was injured. No one was injured in the break-ins, either.

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS)– This Morning Michigan State Police say one suspect is now in custody after they barricaded themself inside a Mobile gas station in Woodland Township.

State police say the incident originally occurred sometime around 7 PM, with shots being fired at that location.

According to our sister station at WOOD-TV, officials say no one was hurt during negotiations. And also there was a lot that led up to the incident but did not give details.

Even though the suspect is in custody, police are continuing to ask the public to stay clear of the area.

This is still a developing story, as we learn more 6 News will keep you updated.

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