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Peaceful outcome to police stand-off


Almont police, State Police team coax assault suspect from home


February 24, 2010
ALMONT TWP. — A township man is in custody following an alleged assault of a family member and a subsequent stand-off with police that began around 12:30 p.m on Tuesday (Feb. 23).

Police Chief Pat Nael said the suspect eventually surrendered himself to police and members of a Michigan State Police emergency response team.

Nael said Almont Police had received a domestic assault complaint from the suspect's teenage daughter, who had reportedly sought refuge at a neighbor's home.

When Police Sgt. John Morse arrived at the suspect's residence on Grace Lane, he saw the man exit the house unclothed, only to walk back inside.

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Joining Morse at the scene, Nael attempted to coax the suspect from the house, using a police P.A. system. When those efforts failed, the State Police response team was called in to assist.

"We had information that he might have had weapons in the house," said Nael. "Given his erratic behavior, we thought it was the best way to handle it.

"As it turned out, we couldn't have had a better outcome to the situation," Nael said. "He came out peacefully and no one was hurt. The suspect will get the help he needs."

Nael said the man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for examination and possible treatment.

He added that charges and arraignment of the suspect are pending in Lapeer County Court.

During the standoff, neighbors who reside on the private road, south of Hough Rd., were not allowed access to their homes for several hours.

In addition to Almont and the Michigan State Police emergency response team, a canine unit and negotiation expert responded to the incident.

For more details, see the Tri-City Times' print edition on Wed., March 3.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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