Police: Man hides fugitive, is arrested, himself

An Alpena man wanted for eight misdemeanors fled into a residence as Michigan State Police troopers approached, taunting them from inside until they obtained a search warrant and entered the residence.

Joshua Dziuba, 31, was not visible when troopers entered the home, but they were confronted by the residence’s owner, a 58-year-old relative of Dziuba. The man denied that Dziuba was in the residence and refused to comply with commands, obstructing the officers’ search and presenting an immediate safety concern, according to MSP. A canine accompanying the officers was deployed, allowing the officers to take the man into custody.

Upon searching the home, officers found Dziuba hiding under loose insulation in the attic. He was arrested on the eight outstanding warrants and one additional felony count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. The homeowner was also arrested for harboring a fugitive and resisting and obstructing an officer. An 18-year-old female who was present may also be charged for helping to hide Dziuba.

Dziuba was arraigned Wednesday in the 88th District Court and is being held on a $100,000 bond. The other man posted a $25,000/10% bond and is scheduled for arraignment on June 18 at 8:30 p.m.