NILES, Mich. -- Sworn to serve and protect, now a Niles City police officer has been arrested and booked on charges for an alleged sex crime.
Police spent hours sifting through a Niles City police officer's home in the 1700 block of Cass Street Friday evening. Now, that officer has been suspended and is being investigated by the Michigan State Police. Police aren't releasing the name of that officer, but neighbors have identified him as Ivery Cross and the Berrien County Jail confirmed that Cross was booked Friday on two felony charges of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
"It's just happened, they arrested him and took him away," Branden Ingle, Cross' neighbor said.
Friday afternoon, Ingle watched as police filled his neighborhood and arrested the Niles City police officer who lives across the street.
"They had him bent over the fence, guns drawn, hands in the air, [a] state trooper came up here, they threw him in the state trooper car and they took off," Ingle said.