Resident accused of pointing rifle at witness following altercation that started near bus stop, ended behind house


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

A 34-year-old Huron Township resident was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm after an altercation began near a bus stop and ended with the suspect allegedly pointing a rifle at a witness behind a house.

Police were called to the 27800 block of Mockingbird in the Claremont subdivision at 8:12 a.m. on Oct. 11 for a report of an assault that had just occurred.

When police arrived, a witness told officers that the suspect was yelling profanities at them because their dog was barking.

According to the witness, the man was yelling the profanities at them in the vicinity of students waiting at a bus stop.

A second witness who was not involved in the initial altercation told police they approached the suspect and asked him to take the conversation to the back of the suspect’s house to get it out of view of the students at the bus stop.

The second witness told police that when they went to the rear of the suspect’s house, the suspect exited the back of his house holding a rifle.

The witness told police the suspect eventually pointed the rifle at him.

The suspect then reportedly put the rifle down and the witnesses contacted the Huron Township Police Department.

No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

“At no time do we believe that the weapon was within the view of the children at the bus stop, nor was the gun pointed at or in the direction of the children. We have no reason to believe that the suspect was targeting the students waiting for the bus,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

When police first arrived on scene, the suspect was still inside his house.

After Huron Township dispatch contacted him, he eventually came outside.

The suspect complied and was arrested, and the rifle was recovered and held as evidence.

“On Friday, we were proactive and had marked police units in the area of the bus stop to make residents feel safe. We will continue to do that as much as possible in the upcoming days and weeks,” Robbins said.

“We are working closely with Superintendent Rowe and the Transportation Department regarding this situation. The decision was made to move one bus stop and we will continue to work together to monitor the situation and it’s impact on the students in the neighborhood.”

The investigation was turned over to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, who charged the suspect with a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm.

The suspect posted a $500 bond and was released.

The suspect’s name is not being released because he has not yet been formally arraigned in court.


 

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