MECOSTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — One woman was killed and three others were sexually assaulted during an overnight standoff at a home in West Michigan, police said Friday.
A woman was on the phone with her boyfriend Thursday night when a man with a shotgun entered through an unlocked door, said Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell.
A 911 call placed later sent police to the home in Mecosta Township, about 40 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, beginning a 10-hour standoff. Police could not see inside and had only sporadic contact with the suspect, now known to be a 26-year-old man who lived across the street.
The woman and two of her friends were repeatedly sexually assaulted, and another woman was fatally shot, authorities said. Three children also were in the home.
By 4:42 a.m. Friday, the suspect allowed the children — two 7-year-old boys and an infant girl — to leave the home, The Grand Rapids Press and WZZM-TV reported. Two women in their 20s also were released.
The remaining hostage came out about two hours later followed by the suspect, who is in custody and faces possible murder and criminal sexual conduct charges, Purcell said.
A fourth woman, a 58-year-old from Morley, was shot and killed Thursday night before police arrived, the sheriff said.
When the man entered the home, police said, the woman immediately ended the call with her boyfriend, who became concerned and contacted the woman’s mother to check on her. The mother headed over to the home with a friend but was not able to make contact with anyone inside.
Meanwhile, the suspect called his aunt from inside the home, and she called emergency dispatchers.
The incident began at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when police were called to a home on Cramer Drive on reports of a shot fired. Upon arrival, deputies were told that a gunman was inside with hostages.
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who had a 10-hour standoff with police in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of murder and sexual assault.
Duncan Willis was accused of fatally shooting 58-year-old Kathleen Hawley and sexually assaulting three other women in November at a home in Mecosta Township, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids.
A judge sentenced him Wednesday to life in prison plus 202 years.
He was found guilty earlier of first-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and felony firearm.
MECOSTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The family of a Morley woman who was killed during a hostage situation this week describes her as a caretaker and an avid dog lover.
The victim’s niece told FOX 17 Saturday afternoon that Hawley leaves behind two children and four grandchildren. She was married to a retired police officer until he passed away from cancer. “She took care of her husband until his last breath. Aunt Kat was a caretaker, always looking out for her family,” she said.
“She adored her dogs. She had many throughout her home,” said Hawley’s niece.