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Marine who allegedly threatened Mich. wife in custody

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Marine who escaped a low-priority lockdown at a North Carolina military base after allegedly threatening to harm his wife in Michigan is in custody after a nationwide manhunt, officials said.

“Private (Clenard) Gee-Simmons is in custody with local law enforcement in North Carolina, and will be transferred to NCIS and military custody later today,” NCIS communications director Maryann Cummings said Wednesday.

WXYZ-TV reported 21-year-old Gee-Simmons contacted the station Tuesday and said he planned to turn himself in. He also told the station that reports he could be heading to Pontiac where his wife and her family live were “not accurate.”

Authorities said Gee-Simmons’ wife has filed for divorce and the Marine fled Monday from Camp Lejeune. Before leaving, likely armed with an AK-47, he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, officials said.

WXYZ-TV said Gee-Simmons emailed and called the station, claiming he was “nowhere near Michigan” and was not armed.

He said he left the base because of stress and other issues.

The Associated Press contributed.