Attempted murder suspect arrested in Battle Creek

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 18:23:32-05
Charles Collins (Courtesy: WJBD News)

Charles Collins (Courtesy: WJBD News)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich – A suspect wanted for attempted murder has been arrested in Battle Creek after a joint law enforcement operation on Monday.

Charles D. Collins, who was wanted for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery, was found at a home on Merritt Street after several hours of surveillance.  The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in East St. Louis, Illinois helped develop information Collins was in the Battle Creek area, leading to Monday’s arrest.

The Battle Creek Police Department Emergency Response Team was also involved with the arrest on Monday.  Collins was taken into custody after he eventually came out of the house and surrendered without incident.

He’s currently being held in the Calhoun County Jail and will be transferred back to Illinois to face charges there after several local charges here are resolved.

The initial charges against Charles D. Collins stem from a shooting in Marion County, Illinois in September 2015.   A man was shot in the arm during a drive-by shooting in Centralia.  Investigators in Illinois told WJBD 1350 AM in September the shooting was believed to be in retaliation to another shooting in August 2015 that left Collins injured and a 24-year-old friend of his dead.

The victim in the September 2015 shooting was treated and released from the hospital.  The victim’s wife, who was a passenger in the victim’s car when the shooting happened, wasn’t injured.