A man and a woman were formally arraigned Thursday on charges that included aggravated assault, larceny, possession of stolen property, lying to a police officer, and bringing contraband into jail. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the 1100 block of E. Michigan Street Wednesday evening.
The victim, a 19-year-old man from Blanchard, parked in front of the home of a friend about 8 p.m. when a vehicle driven by Seth Johnson, 21, of Blanchard, stopped behind him. Johnson then got out of his vehicle and pulled the victim out of his vehicle through the driver’s side door and began punching and kicking him. A passenger riding with Johnson, Jordan Sepulvenda, 21, of Lansing, then proceeded to the victim’s vehicle and stole a hat, tablet and the victim’s keys.
Johnson, charged with aggravated assault, receiving and concealing stolen property, larceny from a motor vehicle, and Sepulvenda, charged with larceny from a motor vehicle, lying to a police officer and bringing contraband into jail, drove off after the incident, but were later found, interviewed and arrested in Vestaburg. Both Johnson and Sepulvenda admitted to police that they were involved in the assault and larceny. They remain lodged at the Isabella County Sheriff’s
Department while they await a preliminary hearing, which has been scheduled for 8:15 a.m. July 17.
The victim was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. This was not a random crime. Apparently, Johnson is the ex-boyfriend of the victim’s current girlfriend.