Coldwater Lake Man Arrested For Running Down Couple
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

(KINDERHOOK TOWNSHIP) – Charges have been filed against a Coldwater Lake man for allegedly trying to run down an elderly couple.

Branch County Prosecutor Zach Stempien says that 22 year old McCain Snyder has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of assault with intent to murder, after allegedly running down the grandparents of a girl that he was supposedly stalking. Snyder is also charged with a felony count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident with serious bodily impairment.

According to Michigan State Police, on Monday night Snyder allegedly drove his pick up into the grass as he drove out of Simco Drive in Kinderhook Township, striking 81 year old David Sluyter and his 77 year old wife Jill Sluyter. Troopers say the Sluyter’s were walking to Synder’s mother’s home to let her know about accusations he made against them.

Troopers says the Sluyters told them that Snyder came to their home earlier Monday, and accused them of sexually abusing their granddaughter, that Snyder was accused of stalking. The Sluyters told the troopers that Snyder told them he would be back.

Investigators say Snyder’s mother told them her son had recently been smoking a lot of marijuana, plus writing on the walls and had become fixated on Biblical passages. She also said her son told her the Sluyters assaulted their granddaughter. However, the girl has denied any assaults happened said she did not have any kind of relationship with Snyder.

Troopers found Snyder at a friend’s house on Central Road and arrested him. They say just a couple of hours before the incident, Snyder was parked at the State Police Post in Coldwater, trying to make sure troopers weren’t searched for him.

Jill Sluyter has head and internal injuries, along with a broken pelvis and back. David Sluyter has multiple fractures to his legs.

Snyder is being held on a $1 million bond. A probable cause hearing will take place June 25, and a preliminary examination on July 2.