Suspects of assault on Blanchard man due in court July 17

A man and a woman arraigned on a laundry list of charges are being lodged at the Isabella County Sheriff's Department and are awaiting a preliminary hearing at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17.

Seth Johnson, 21, of Blanchard and Jordan Sepulvenda, 21, of Lansing were arrested last week for an incident that occurred in the 1100 block of E. Michigan Street. Charges include aggravated assault, larceny, possession of stolen property, lying to a police officer, and bringing contraband into jail.

The victim, a 19-year-old man from Blanchard, parked in front of the home of a friend about 8 p.m. when a vehicle driven by Johnson stopped behind him. Johnson then stepped out and pulled the victim out of his through the driver’s side door. Johnson then began punching and kicking him.

Sepulvenda then went to the victim's vehicle and stole his hat, tablet and keys.

Jeff Browne, Mount Pleasant Police Department's public information officer, said the pair drove off after the incident. The two were later found in Vestaburg.

Browne said police were able to track them down based on information pertaining to their relationship with the victim, who was in a relationship with Johnson's ex-girlfriend.

Johnson was charged with aggravated assault, receiving and concealing stolen property and larceny from a motor vehicle. Sepulvend was charged with larceny from a motor vehicle, lying to a police officer and bringing contraband into jail.

Browne said Sepulvenda was in possession of marijuana when she was taken into custody.

Both Johnson and Sepulvenda admitted to police that they were involved in the assault and larceny.

The victim was treated for injuries and was released from the hospital.

Bail is set at $15,000 for Johnson and $20,000 for Sepulvenda.

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