No Charges for Man Stopped from Carrying Machete into Saline Court Room

 12/29/2016 - 14:51

No charges will be pressed against a 43-year-old Milan man who was prevented from carrying a 10-inch machete into the courthouse on Maple Road.

At around 9 a.m. Dec. 22, a Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Deputy working at the courthouse was screening a man’s possessions as he showed up to report for a court hearing. During the electronic screening, the deputy found a large fixed-blade knife in his camouflage backpack. The deputy also found a box-cutter in the backpack.

The man told the deputy that he stores many of his items in his backpack and that he forgot to remove the machete and box-cutter before entering the courthouse. Saline Police were called. The man told a similar story to Saline Police, who arrested the man and interviewed him at the police department. The man told Saline Police he was not planning to harm anyone.

A background check revealed a traffic arrest for driving with a suspended license and nothing else. Police confiscated the machete and planned to destroy it, according to the police report.

Due to the man’s clear criminal history and his statements, police decided against pursuing charges.

His machete was confiscated and was to be destroyed.

 Domestic Abuse Complaint Authorized

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized a domestic assault complaint against a Valley Circle Drive man after an incident Dec. 24 at Six Trails Apartments. Police were dispatched to the apartment complex around 11:30 p.m. According to the report, officers arrived and found a resident running with a “panicked look on his face.” An officer unholstered his Taser and then pointed it to stop an apparently intoxicated man running down the stairs.

The man and his girlfriend were about to be evicted from their apartment and they had been arguing throughout the day, according to the report. The woman told police the man hadn’t been paying his share of the rent and that he’d been texting another woman from work that day. He became intoxicated and began to berate her, she told police. When she grabbed her phone, the man took it from her and threw it across the room, she told police. When she retrieved the phone and tried to leave the room, he pushed his chest into her several times and prevented her from leaving, she told police. Then he allegedly said he was “going to make this a crime scene.” Frightened he was planning to harm everyone in the apartment, including their young son, she called 911.

The suspect told police that his girlfriend told him that nobody loves him and that he should kill himself, which is why he spoke about suicide and overdosing, according to the report.

The man continued to make comments about suicide and overdosing so rather than arresting him, police had him transported to University of Michigan Hospital for evaluation.

Tran Longmoore
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