Suspect arrested in child sex abuse case


Police say they were able to catch a suspect in a child sex abuse case because a store worker recognized him from an incident a month ago.

Meridian Township police responded to a call in the 4800 block of Marsh Road in Okemos back on April 9th. That’s after three girls say a man approached them and asked if they wanted to film an adult movie in his van.

The girls ran and reported the incident to police, but they were unable to find him.

But on Sunday, police got a call from a employee at a store who recognized the man from the month before. 

Officers caught up with Thomas Allen Thrush, but say he tried to run when they tried to question him. They caught him after a quick chase. 

Prosecutors charged Thrush on Tuesday with two crimes – one count of Child Sexual Abusive Activity, and one county of Resisting and Obstructing. 

He is currently at the Ingham County jail. A judge set a bond of $75,000. If he makes bond, he won’t be allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. 

Police continue their investigation. They want anyone with information to reach out to the Meridian Township Police Department. 

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