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March 1, 2014

Suttons Bay student faces felony

SUTTONS BAY — A Suttons Bay High School senior faces a felony assault charge after authorities said he threatened another student with a knife.

Jason Parker Winowiecki, 17, of Suttons Bay, on Friday appeared in Leelanau County’s 86th District Court for arraignment on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon in a weapons free school zone.

Conviction is punished by up to four years in prison.

The incident occurred Feb. 22 during Suttons Bay High School’s “Snow Ball” dance. Suttons Bay police and the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department cooperated on the investigation and arrested Winowiecki after a group of students told school officials about the incident on Monday.

Court documents state Winowiecki approached another person from behind, pushed a knife against his throat and threatened him.

A second encounter in which authorities said another student was threatened by the suspect is not mentioned in the documents. Suttons Bay Police Chief Del Moore said Winowiecki doesn’t face charges from this “separate” incident.

Moore declined to discuss more details, citing an active investigation.

School officials suspended Winowiecki pending an administrative hearing. He remains in Leelanau County’s jail on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

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