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Dowagiac Police arrest pair on weapons charges

An investigation into a vehicle damaged by gunfire, led police to arrest two subjects on multiple counts, including weapons charges, according to Dowagiac Police.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Halstead Street in Dowagiac Monday to investigate damage to a parked vehicle. The vehicle had been struck by a bullet.

During the investigation, police developed a suspect and located 36-year-old Curtis Maurice Wade and a 17-year-old woman who was wanted on a bench warrant.

Police said the suspects fled to a nearby garage. Because officers found a stolen sawed off shotgun during the search for the suspects, they waited outside for the subjects to come out, police said.

The two eventually surrendered.

Police said they found ammunition, another sawed-off shotgun, burglary tools and restraints.

On Wednesday, Wade and the 17-year-old were arraigned.

Wade was arraigned on the following felony charges: child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime - child sexually abusive activity, conspiracy to receive and conceal a stolen firearm, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, possession of burglary tools, using a computer to computer commit a crime - possession of child sexually abusive material, possession of a firearm by a felon, malicious destruction of property over $1,000, 2 counts possession of a short barreled shotgun, possession child sexually abusive material, conspiracy to break and enter a coin operated device, breaking and entering a coin operated device, 5 counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, and misdemeanor careless discharge of a firearm.

Wade is being held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond at the Cass County jail.

The female subject’s name is not being released by police at this time.

She was arraigned on the following felony charges: Possession of a short barreled shotgun, conspiracy to receive and conceal a stolen firearm, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, 2 counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit a breaking and entering of a coin operated device, breaking and entering of a coin operated device.

She is being held on $50,000 cash or surety bond.

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