Idlewild man charged with assault with intent to murder

Charges stem from Tuesday standoff with police

Roy Thurston Jones

Roy Thurston Jones

BALDWIN — A man arrested for instigating a six-hour standoff with police earlier this week will face charges in Lake County’s Trial Court.

Roy Thurston Jones, 51, of Idlewild, was arraigned in Lake County on Friday afternoon on counts of assault with the intent to murder and felony firearms.

The charges stem from an incident Tuesday, at which time Newaygo and Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, as well as two troopers from the Michigan State Police Hart Post, attempted to serve a man an arrest warrant at his camper in the area of South Tacoma and Baldwin roads in Yates Township.

When officers identified themselves to Jones through the door of the camper, he began to discharge a firearm from inside the camper toward the officers, according to officials.

According to a MSP news release, Jones proceeded to barricade himself in his camper as the officers on scene took cover. They established a perimeter while Jones continued to fire shots toward the officers. The MSP Emergency Support Team also was initialized.

After several hours of negotiation, Jones was arrested and taken into custody with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face.

Police said no officers were hit, and no officers returned fire at the suspect during the standoff.

Jones was initially taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was later released and lodged at the Lake County Jail, where he remains on a $500,000 cash surety bond.

A probable cause hearing in Jones’ case is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20, and a preliminary exam is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Jones was originally wanted for failing to appear on a drug-related charge and a Friend of the Court warrant, both out of Newaygo County.