In 2005, former Traverse City Reserve Officer Lyle Sutton's ex-girlfriend obtained a personal protective order against him...
Sutton violated the protective order when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and rearranged her belongings. He was jailed for the violation.
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: SLASHED EX-GIRLFRIEND'S TIRES
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: CLOSE TO 200 PHONE CALLS / DEATH THREATS TO EX-GIRLFRIEND
Sutton has been threatening to kill her in phone messages - Hope you said your prayers because you may be going to hell tonight.
Almost 200 phone calls to his ex-girlfriend within the past month are part the reason police say a Traverse City man is in jail. Detectives with the Benzie County Sheriff Department say Lyle Sutton started stalking his ex-girlfriend after they broke up in April of 2005.
Since the break-up police say Sutton has violated two personal protection orders filed by his ex-girlfriend. Sutton also served time in jail after admitting to police he broke into her house and slashed her car tires.
Now detectives are examining Sutton's cell phone records. Police say Sutton would call his ex-girlfriend dozens of times a day and make death threats. Detectives say part of the reason it has been difficult for them to catch Sutton is because he is a former reserve officer with the Traverse City Police Department.