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Posted on: September 10, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Update: Police arrest man after Sat. morning kidnapping/shooting

Head shot of young black man, with short black hair and some chin hair.

 Today around noon police found and arrested 26-year-old Jatai Nicholas-Rafano Cummings, who allegedly kidnapped and shot at a former girlfriend Saturday morning. 

The arrest was a joint effort between Battle Creek Police and the Michigan Department of Corrections Absconder Recovery Unit.

Police found Cummings hiding in the back of a cargo van in Battle Creek, in the area of Greenwood Avenue and Oneita Street. They discovered him during a traffic stop.

Cummings will be placed in Calhoun County Jail, pending arraignment on kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, and carjacking charges.


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Battle Creek Police are looking for 26-year-old Jatai Nicholas-Rafano Cummings, after he allegedly kidnapped and shot at a former girlfriend this morning.

Just before 6 a.m. today, police said Cummings forced the 29-year-old woman at gunpoint from her apartment on Taft Court and into a white Chevy Malibu. He left her at another home, and she walked to a third home, in the area of Chestnut Street and Sherman Road, where Cummings was sitting in his car.

The woman said at that point, around 7:30 a.m., Cummings began yelling at her, and he fired a gunshot at her while still sitting in the car. He did not hit her with the shot, and no one was injured.

When police responded, they found the white Chevy Malibu running at the corner of Sherman and McKinley Avenue, but could not find Cummings.

Police are seeking charges against Cummings for kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, and carjacking. If anyone has any information about this incident or Cummings’ location, please contact police at 269-781-0911 or through Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

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