The Ludington Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Guadalupe Rangel Jr. of Ludington.

Rangel, aka Lupe, is wanted on a four-court warrant, according to a release from Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett.

He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his brother Joseph Rangel that was stopped by the Ludington Police Department at 12:58 a.m. Jan. 29 on Court Street near James Street in Ludington, Barnett said.

“Joseph was the one driving. Guadalupe was the only passenger. He was the front passenger, and he came around and took actions that obstructed the officers,” Barnett told the Daily News.

Barnett said the officer initially made the traffic stop for not having an illuminated license plate, and requested back-up.

“Every time the contacting officer would (talk to Joseph Rangel), Guadalupe would interject and draw the officer’s attention away,” Barnett told the Daily News. “A third officer, one of our sergeants, had to respond and kept him at bay. That’s when we took Joseph into custody.”

Two of the charges Guadalupe Rangel is facing are assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. A third charge is having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and the fourth is a habitual offender — fourth offense notice.

Barnett stated his department twice made contact with Rangel this week to make arrangements to turn himself in for arrest on the charges. Barnett stated Friday morning that neither Rangel, nor any representative of his, responded to the department’s request to schedule an arrest and court appearance.

Barnett told the Daily News he spoke with Guadalupe Rangel on Wednesday over the phone and notified him of the warrants out for his arrest.

“He was going to talk to some people and make some arrangements,” Barnett said of the conversation. “I didn’t hear anything, so on (Thursday) I called him, told him who I was, and he said there was something wrong with the phone and disconnected.”

Barnett said Guadalupe Rangel has not been arraigned yet.

The department is asking anyone with information on Guadalupe Rangel’s whereabouts to contact Mason-Oceana 911 by dialing 911 or the non-emergency number at (231) 869-5858.

His brother, Joseph Rangel, 39, was arraigned in 79th District Court on Jan. 29 following his arrest on a felony count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor — third offense, a felony county of assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer and a misdemeanor count of open intoxicant by a driver in a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $7,500, 10 percent. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Feb. 12.

The Managing Editor for the Ludington Daily News since June 2018 and on the staff since Oct. 2011, taking over for legendary Lloyd Wallace. Previously with The Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and the Tuscola County Advertiser in Caro.