Suspect rescued from Clinton River after fleeing police

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 17, 2020


MOUNT CLEMENS — After fleeing from police in Mount Clemens, a man was rescued from the Clinton River after further trying to elude deputies.

Around 6 p.m. Sept. 2, members of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Enforcement Team, or S.E.T., conducted surveillance on a location in Mount Clemens.

“The S.E.T. undercover deputies have been to this location in the past and observed suspected narcotic activity,” according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Deputies observed the suspect, 60-year-old Marlon El, of Mount Clemens, who was known to have a felony warrant.

After deputies attempted to make contact with El, he fled on a moped, leading deputies through Mount Clemens. Marked Sheriff’s Office units were requested and also attempted to stop El.

“El continued to flee from marked units, taking the moped off road,” the release indicates. “El ditched the moped at MacArthur Park and attempted to swim across the Clinton River; however, he could not swim.”

Police say that, as El entered the middle of the river, he stopped moving in a forward motion and began to disappear under the water. A deputy witnessed this from the opposite side of the river and entered the water to rescue El.

“The S.E.T. deputy pulled El from under the water and brought him safely to shore,” the release states. “El was taken into custody and checked out medically.”

El has been charged with fourth-degree fleeing a police officer — a felony — and operating with a suspended, revoked, denied license — a misdemeanor.

No attorney has been listed for El as of press time.

He was given a $25,000 cash surety bond and was scheduled to return to court Sept. 16, after press time, for a probable cause conference.