Sarasin headed to circuit court for holding wife hostage

Jul 29, 2013

ESCANABA, MI--   A Delta County man has been bound over to circuit court for allegedly keeping his wife hostage and threatening to kill her.  

John Sarasin

John Sarasin, 62, of Flat Rock is charged with unlawful imprisonment, felonious assault, committing a felony while in the possession of a firearm, and interfering with electronic communications in connection with the July 9 incident.

Sarasin is accused of pointing a pistol at his wife and threatening to kill her when she tried to leave him.  He also allegedly hung up the phone when she dialed 911.  The call got through, however, and police were notified. 

The victim was able to escape after about three hours.  Sarasin initiated a standoff with police, but surrendered six hours later. 

He remains lodged in the Delta County Jail on a $50,000 bond.  Sarasin faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted as charged.