Reese Man Faces Numerous Charges After Trying to Stuff Ex-Girlfriend in Christmas Tree Bag

A Reese man, 23-year-old Jonathan Elbers, was recently discovered hiding in a Chesterfield Township deer blind after police tracked him to the location following a two-day manhunt, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Elbers is accused of trying to stuff his ex-girlfriend’s body into a Christmas tree bag on April 5 at her home in Metro Detroit. 970702_police_line.jpg

Elbers allegedly led the victim into her basement, where he choked her and told her that he intended to kill her, and forced her into a large bag. The woman had recently broken up with Elbers, and was able to escape from him after striking him in the head with a porcelain statue. Elbers escaped police upon their arrival, and was presumed to be hiding in the woods. The man hunt that followed ended in the capture of Elbers two days later.

Parents of the alleged victim who were in Florida when the incident happened called police, telling them they were worried about their daughter being harmed by Elbers. Police later located Elbers’ truck near the victim’s home; duct tape and a rifle were found on the front seat. The victim told officers that Elbers had planned to shoot her in the head in the back of his truck. He was described as “extremely dangerous” by police following his escape.

After his capture, Elbers was charged with unlawful imprisonment, first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to murder, and assaulting an officer causing injury.

Michigan assault with intent to commit murder attorneys understand that on this charge alone, Elbers could potentially face life behind bars if convicted according to Michigan Penal Code 750.83. First-degree home invasion is an extremely serious felony offense as well, leaving the accused facing fines of up to $5,000 and up to 20 years in prison.


Individuals who have been arrested for or charged with either of these crimes must consult with an aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. Without skilled legal guidance and reputation, your future and freedom are in jeopardy.

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