(HURON COUNTY) -- Authorities in Huron County are searching for a 22-year old Bad Axe man accused of assaulting a former girlfriend and holding her against her will. According to Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, the incident was reported Saturday just before 8 p.m. The 24-year old woman alleged that she was assaulted by the man earlier in the day and had gone to a former residence on Soper Road in Colfax Township to retrieve property where she was confronted by him once again. The woman told police that she had been assaulted with a knife while being held against her will at the home. She was able to get away and call for help. The suspect, Shawn Newland, was located by Bad Axe Police traveling in a vehicle along Soper Road. When attempting to stop the car, the suspect took off. The chase ended on McKenzie Road, just west of Bad Axe Road. The suspect exited the vehicle and ran into a large, heavily wooded area. Several police agencies began a search of the area, which was suspended at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The search for 22-year old Shawn Newland of Bad Axe continues. He is described as 5'8" in height, with hazel eyes, black hair and weighing around 180 pounds. Sheriff Hanson says it doesn't appear that he is a threat to the public. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1.