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March 1, 2013

'Dangerous' suspect charged

TRAVERSE CITY — A fugitive accused of flashing a gun at a party faces a spate of felony charges in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

Tahca Takiya-Mahpiya Milk, 29, was arraigned Thursday in 86th District Court on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm for an incident at a Traverse City home over the weekend. He also was charged as a habitual offender.

Bond was set at $100,000 cash.

Milk also is charged with delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance and another count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Those charges stem from a Traverse Narcotics Team investigation.

Court documents indicate an undercover TNT detective purchased morphine pills from Milk in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant in Elmwood Township in November. He had a handgun in his possession at the time, according to court documents.

Officers on Feb. 23 responded to a house in the 800 block of Hannah Street on reports of people running from the residence after a man pulled a gun. People at the home tackled Milk and recovered the gun before he fled, police said.

Investigators determined the gun was stolen during an Elmwood Township home invasion on Feb. 17. Leelanau County authorities continue to investigate the home invasion, Prosecutor Joseph Hubbell said.

Traverse City police called Milk “extremely dangerous” before he was arrested Monday at his girlfriend’s home in Garfield Township. Officers were preparing to execute a search warrant at the home when Milk came out, police said.

He is listed as a probation absconder out of Manistee, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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