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Second suspect still sought 4 months after chase injured Kalamazoo officer

Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2016-02-20 18:10:33-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Kalamazoo Police continue to search for a 25-year-old man who allegedly fled during an attempted traffic stop in October.

Deon Burnett is facing a charge of felony resisting and obstructing a police officer, according to a release.   Police say they were attempting to stop his vehicle during a drug investigation Oct. 7 when Burnett and another suspect jumped out of the moving vehicle.

Burnett ran from the scene, but the other suspect in the vehicle, 28-year-old Robert Lathan, was taken into custody after allegedly assaulting a Kalamazoo Police Officer.

Lathan is facing charges of intent to distribute crack cocaine, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, according to a release.

Prior to the traffic stop, police say they observed drug transactions between the two men in the 2000 block of Sunnyside Drive.   Investigators retrieved crack cocaine that Lathan allegedly threw during the chase, according to a release.

Burnett is described by police as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.   Anyone with information on Burnett's whereabouts is asked to call Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-337-8994, Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team at 269-337-8880 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.