hours of terror
Boyfriend facing multiple charges in
harrowing incident on Cade Road
December 31, 2008
GOODLAND TWP. — The holidays weren't so merry for a 39-year-old woman who was held captive inside her Cade Road home for nine hours on Sunday.
Fortunately she escaped, the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department reports, but not before being duct taped, tied to a couch and physically assaulted by her boyfriend of some 22 years according to police.
Indeed, the new year does not look bright for the 40-year-old suspect, who is being charged as an habitual offender with two felony convictions already under his belt.
The incident unfolded around 2 p.m. when the alleged victim arrived home. Police say the suspect, Michael Nordstrom, was in a foul mood. According to the sheriff's department report, Nordstrom was enraged about some text messages he found on the alleged victim's cell phone.
Police say Nordstrom assaulted his longtime girlfriend and bound her wrists with duct tape. Duct tape was also applied to the alleged victim's mouth.
Nordstrom proceeded to tether the woman to the couch, using a belt tie from a bathrobe.
"Victim was beat with fists and the cell phone," says a sheriff's department press release. "Suspect stated he was going to kill the victim and the subject she was receiving text messages from."
When Nordstrom momentarily walked out of the home through the back door, the woman was able to escape, the press release says.
She sought refuge at the Imlay City Police Department, where officer Rob Evoy was on duty at 11:20 p.m. when she arrived. According to Lt. Commander Gary Parks of the Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept., the woman still had duct tape on her arms when she arrived at the Imlay police station.
Evoy contacted the sheriff's department, who immediately sought a search warrant for the residence. Parks says with warrant in hand, officers headed out to the scene. As they approached the residence, Parks says Nordstrom fled into the basement. He was later arrested without further incident.
Parks says the couple reside together in the Cade Road home, and have been together for 22 years. Their 10-year-old child wasn't at home during the incident. As of press time it was unknown whether the alleged victim sought medical treatment for any injuries.
According to Parks, Nordstrom told police the incident was a "misunderstanding." Alcohol was involved, Parks says. At the time of his arrest he was on probation from an aggravated assault conviction.
Nordstrom was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of unlawful imprisonment, a 15 year felony, and domestic violence, a 93 day misdemeanor. As an habitual offender, he faces the possibility of a double sentence—up to 30 years—on the unlawful imprisonment charge.