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June 20, 2014

Police: Man assaulted 3 people

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Traverse City man on accusations he assaulted his girlfriend, a housemate and hours later another man.

Deputies requested assault and battery charges against the suspect, 20, for the Tuesday incident. Prosecutors had yet to authorize charges as of Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Capt. Randy Fewless said the suspect woke at about 7:15 a.m. and got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend at their Daisy Lane home in Garfield Township. He said the woman told deputies the suspect grabbed her hair, slapped her and dragged her down a hallway.

That path took the suspect near a couch where a man slept.

“The suspect comes out and starts punching him in the face,” Fewless said. “Alcohol was a factor in the whole incident.”

The suspect left the residence before deputies arrived and interviewed the two victims. The woman checked into Munson Medical Center, where doctors treated her for head and neck injuries.

Fewless said the suspect returned to the residence at about 12 p.m., where another man who knew about that morning’s assault spotted him and tried to run after him.

“He grabs him and the suspect turns around and punches him,” Fewless said. “They get in a sort of back-and-forth fight.”

The fight drew deputies back to Daisy Lane, but the suspect had already fled and they called in a state police trooper with a tracking dog to pursue him. Fewless said the suspect, who hid beneath a nearby mobile home, heard the dog and decided to surrender.

The suspect’s blood-alcohol level tested at .10 percent when deputies arrested him at 4:15 p.m.

“Everybody involved from the morning incident had been drinking,” Fewless said.

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