2 face charges in standoff

ESCANABA – Two Cornell men were arraigned Wednesday in Delta County District Court in connection with a standoff involving a hostage in Flat Rock Tuesday night.

John Joseph Sarasin, 62, of 83106 Co. 416 J Road, was arrested early Wednesday morning after surrendering to police. He allegedly held his 64-year-old wife hostage in their home Tuesday night while he was armed with a pistol.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the home at 5:40 a.m. with several other police agencies also responding to the scene. Officers were able to get the female hostage safely out of the residence at around 8:30 p.m., said Sheriff Gary Ballweg.

Six hours later, a Michigan State Police hostage negotiator talked Sarasin into surrendering. He was apprehended without incident and arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault.

During his arraignment in district court Wednesday morning, Judge Glenn Pearson officially charged the defendant with unlawful imprisonment (a 15-year felony), felonious assault (a four-year felony), committing a felony while in the possession of a firearm (a two-year felony), and interfering with an electronic communications (a two-year felony).

Sarasin is scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court on July 25. He remains lodged in jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Sarasin’s brother, Daryl John Sarasin, 64, of 2384 Truax 24th Road, was also arrested at the scene Tuesday. He was officially charged with the two-year felony of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, Undersheriff Ed Oswald said. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Daryl Sarasin posted 10 percent of a $1,000 cash bond and was released from police custody on Wednesday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court on July 25.

In addition to the state police negotiator, others who assisted during the standoff included a state police SWAT team from downstate, Escanaba Public Safety, Gladstone Public Safety, Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department, and Rampart Emergency Medical Services.