Click here for other contact numbers         Dispatch:  269-657-3101       Admin:  269-657-2006      Jail Information:  269-657-2171 

Submit Silent Observer tips here


         Submit CrimeStoppers tips here










   Sheriff Reports  -  Lawrence Village, MI

Almena Twp   Antwerp Twp   Arlington Twp   Bangor Twp   Bloomingdale Twp  Breedsville Vill 
City of Hartford   City of Gobles   Columbia Twp   Covert Twp   Decatur Twp   Decatur Vill   Geneva Twp  Grand Junction   Hamilton Twp   Hartford Twp   Keeler Twp   Kendall   
Lawrence Twp   Lawrence Vill  Lawton Vill  Mattawan Vill  Paw Paw Twp   Paw Paw Vill  
Pine Grove Twp   Porter Twp   Sister Lakes   South Haven City   South Haven Twp   
Waverly Twp   Multiple Locations

2011  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
2010  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec

Click on blue underlined links for more information.

Jan 2011

Dec 2010

Nov 2010

Oct 2010

Incident No:

Incident Type:: Home Invasion,Assault.
Date and Time:  Monday October 4, 2010 at approximately 830 p.m.
Location:  650 Bangor Road, Village of Lawrence.
Victim Information:  Thomas Jones, 62 years old.
Suspect:   Unknown at this time.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Bangor Road in the Village of Lawrence for a 911 call reporting that a male victim was assaulted and knocked unconscious at his residence.
     Investigation determined that victim, Thomas Jones, entered his unattached garage to close up for the evening.  Upon entering a recreational-den area in the garage, someone struck the victim, from out of view, with a unknown weapon. Victim lost consciousness and then awoke and found the suspect had fled. K9 Xago was utilized and was unable to locate a track for possible suspects.
      Victim was unable to observe or identify any suspects at this time. There is no known motive for the crime at this time.
Deputies are still currently investigating this incident.
     The victim was taken to the hospital for a large abrasion and swelling to the facial area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101 or Submit Silent Observer tips here or at 866-774-2345.

Assisting Agencies:  Van Buren Emergency Medical Services and Lawrence Quick Response.
Investigating Officer:  K9 and Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 ext. 3801, email.
Supervisor Contact:  Sergeant Scott Schmitt or Operations Lieutenant Robert Kirk (269) 657-3101, email.

Sep 2010

Aug 2010

Jul 2010

Jun 2010

Incident No:  4616-10, 4622-10
Incident Location:  441 W James Street, Lawrence, MI
Date and Time:   June 28, 2010 at approx. 0850 and 1045 hours respectively
Incident Type:    4616-10 - Arson of an Occupied Dwelling
                              4622-10 - R&O, Warrant Arrest

Victims:    41 year old Lawrence woman and her 3 children.
Suspect Information:   Name of suspect is being withheld at this time due to this being an ongoing investigation.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Lawrence Fire Department responded to a fire call at 441 W. James Street, Village of Lawrence.  
     After extinguishing the fire, it was determined that the fire was suspicious in nature.  Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and initiated an arson investigation.  The mother of the 3 children was not home at the time of the fire, however her 3 children were.  The oldest child discovered the fire, summoned the fire department and got his siblings out of the dwelling to safety.  A possible suspect was developed after speaking with the victims. 
     Deputies proceeded to an address in Covert Township to attempt to speak to the possible suspect.  The subject led a deputy on a short foot pursuit, which concluded with him being tasered and taken into custody. 
     The subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was lodged at the VanBuren County Jail for Resisting and Obstructing a Police Office and the outstanding warrant. 

The arson investigation remains ongoing and anyone that may have information related to the arson is asked to call the VanBuren County Sheriff's Office at 269-657-3101.

Investigating Officer:   Kevin VanBrussel (269) 657-3101 ext. 803,
Supervisor Contact:  On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101 or  Operations Lieutenant Robert Kirk (269) 657-3101 ext. 3851, email

May 2010

Apr 2010

Mar 2010

Feb 2010

Jan 2010

Dec 2009

Incident #:  9688-09
Incident Type:  Possession with intent to deliver cocaine, driving while license suspended 2nd, operating while intoxicated 3rd.
Date and Time: 
December 18, 2009 at approx 10:00 pm.
Location:  Parking lot behind the Red Arrow Bar, 106 E St Joseph St., Lawrence Village, Van Buren County.

Vehicle:   2001 Cadillac registered to a female out of Paw Paw.

29 year old Hispanic Male from the Hartford area. 

Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were assisting the Van Buren County Narcotics Unit at the Red Arrow Bar. 
     Officers were leaving the Red Arrow Bar parking lot when Officers observed the suspect driving at a high rate of speed squealing their tires from E. St. Joseph St. onto S Paw Paw St. in a very reckless manner.  Officers turned on the vehicle which rapidly turned into the Red Arrow Bar rear parking lot where Officers had just left.  The driver of the vehicle had an open can of beer and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. 
     It was found that the suspect had three prior OWI charges and three prior DWLS charges.  Upon searching the vehicle Officers found what appeared to be three baggies of cocaine between the driver's seat and center console of the vehicle totaling 15.3 grams.  Field tests did test positive for cocaine when tested. 
     The suspect was then transported to the Van Buren County Jail where he tested a .19
Blood Alcohol Level, which is over two times the legal limit. The suspect was lodged on charges of Possession with intent to deliver cocaine, operating under the influence 3rd, and driving while license suspended 2nd.

Investigating Officers: 
K9 Deputy Jason Stasienko and Deputy Ben Ludwig.
Supervisor Contact:
  Sergeant Dennis Harvey,  D/Lt Bryan R. Stump email

Nov 2009

Oct 2009

                                   Arrest Update of 8-2-2010Ochoa, Marcos Rodrigues 8-2-2010

Date and Time of Incident:
  August 1, 2010 shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:
  75th Street, So. Haven Twp
Subject Arrested:  Marcos Rodriges Ochoa, 33 years old, resides in South Haven Twp
Original Incident No: 
8081-09 in Village of Lawrence.

Incident Number:   8081-09
Incident Type:    Attempted Murder.
Date and Time:  October 18, 2009 at 01:00 a.m.
Location Of Incident:
 106 E Saint Joseph St., Village of Lawrence at the Red Arrow Bar.
Suspect:   32 year old Hispanic Male from the Covert area.
Weapon:  Small revolver hand gun.

  71 year old white female from Lawrence.

Information:    Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to 106 E. Saint Joseph St. in the Village of Lawrence for a shot fired call. 
     Upon arrival, responding Deputies discovered that the suspect had fled the scene just prior to their arrival.  Witnesses stated that the suspect was causing trouble in the bar by harassing some female customers.  The victim attempted to calm the suspect down by placing her hands on his arms and speaking with him.  The suspect then asked the victim what she thought she was doing by touching him and pulled what appeared to be a small revolver out of his waste band and pointed it at the victim.  A witness then grabbed the suspect forcing the gun to point towards the ceiling, which was fired causing a hole in the ceiling.  Witnesses then forced the suspect out of the bar.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel.  
     Other Officers working in the area of the Red Arrow Bar attempted to locate the suspect vehicle and as of now have not found it or the suspect. 
     This incident is still under investigation by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.

Investigating Officers:  Deputy Ben Ludwig, email
Supervisor Contact:   The on-duty supervisor at 269-657-3101

Sep 2009

Aug 2009

Incident Type:  Felonious Assault.
Date and Time:
  August 2, 2009 at 1:55 a.m.
  East St Joseph St., near Paw Paw St., in the Village of Lawrence.
Incident #:  
   Suspect # 1:   24 year old Hispanic male from Berrien Springs.

Suspect # 1:   25 year old Hispanic male from Berrien Springs.
Additional Suspects:
  3 to 4 additional Hispanic Males.
 Victim # 1:
  31 year old Hispanic male from Niles, Alfredo Iztac Perez-Degante, in stable condition.
Victim # 2:  25 year old Hispanic male frome Niles, Jose Gavino, in stable condition.

Treating Hospital:
  Watervliet Emergency Room.
Victim Injuries:
    Victim #1: The 31 year old victim sustained injuries to the head, torso, and legs. 
    Victim #2: The 25 year old victim sustained injuries to the head.

Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Deputies were dispatched to the area of East Saint Joseph St., near Paw Paw St., in the Village of Lawrence for a felonious assault involving 5 to 6 suspects armed with bats and clubs. 
     It was reported that 2 of the suspects held down the victims while the other 3 to 4 suspects assaulted the victims with bats and clubs.  The suspects fled the scene prior to Deputies arriving. 
     Both the victims and suspects had been in a local liquor establishment in the Village of Lawrence prior to this incident occurring.  The victims were transported to the Watervliet Hospital for treatment. 
     This incident is currently under investigation by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

Investigating Deputies: Deputy Ben Ludwig.

Contact persons:  On duty Sergeant or Operations Lt. William Lux 269-657-3101


back to top

  Most Wanted

Jesus Lopez              
Juan Solis-Reyna

Click on photo to view individual profile of Most Wanted

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office    
All Rights Reserved

free web stats