PLAINFIELD Twp. – A Hale man was sentenced to a year in jail following his guilty pleas to trespassing and disorderly drunk person.
Laren Austin Clement, originally faced nine felony counts and two misdemeanors in the home invasion incident, which occurred last July, according to police.
Before his plea deal he faced a charge of 1st-degree attempted home invasion and eight separate counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer.
Clement was also ordered to pay $2,004 in assessments
Court documents read that he was previously convicted of three or more felonies, or attempts to commit felonies. These consist of the 1995 offense of Larceny in a Building, which was heard in Iosco’s 23rd Circuit Court; the 1996 offense of Conspiracy Controlled Substance Delivery/Manufacture of Marijuana, also in 23rd Circuit Court; and a 1998 offense of Check/No Account, which was heard in the 34th Circuit Court of Roscommon.
For his latest crimes, Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers claim that they were dispatched to a home in the 4000 block of Towerline Road in Plainfield Township, at about 2:40 a.m. on July 9.
As stated in court records, authorities were dispatched for a suspicious person outside of the residence, who was yelling that he was going to shoot several homeowners in the area.
A husband and wife advised police that they were woken up at approximately 2:30 a.m. to the sound of an unknown person attempting to open the door to their home.
The victims told police they could hear the person outside, yelling that he was going to kill them.
The male said he told the person multiple times to leave his property. The suspect left the property briefly, walked out on to the roadway, then returned to the residence.
When MSP arrived on scene they heard the suspect – later identified as Clement – yell out that he was going to shoot the couple, as well as the police, adding, “Are you ready, boys?”
Troopers say they located Clement hiding under dense shrubbery and, along with officers from the Oscoda Township Police Department, they gave him loud verbal commands to remove his hands from his hooded sweatshirt and stay on the ground.
Clement refused to comply with law enforcement’s commands. He then abruptly stood up, removed his hands from his shirt pocket, placed them back into his sweatshirt and charged at police.
Authorities state that an MSP trooper successfully tased Clement, causing him to fall to the ground.
He attempted to hide his arms under his body to avoid being handcuffed, and kicked his legs at the troopers and officers on scene.
Clement repeatedly threatened to kill the law enforcement officers on scene and their families.
Following the struggle, Clement was arrested and lodged in the Iosco County jail.