Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 25, 2013

Police nab 'dangerous' suspect

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities arrested a man they'd called "dangerous" after using a search warrant to enter a Garfield Township residence.

Tahca Takiya-Mahpiya Milk, 29, was taken into custody Monday just after 6 p.m. after police said they found him hiding inside a Garfield Township residence. Authorities sought Milk since late Saturday, when witnesses said he pulled a gun at a house party in Traverse City and pointed it at party-goers.

Police had considered Milk "extremely dangerous."

Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Hannah Street about 10 p.m. Saturday on reports of people running from the residence after a man showed a handgun.

Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said people at the home tackled Milk and sprayed him with pepper spray. They took the gun, a loaded Taurus .40 semi-automatic, and turned it over to police.

Milk fled by the time officers arrived. It's believed he left on foot.

Milk briefly had been at the party earlier that night, Heffner said. He left the residence and returned about 30 minutes later. An argument started, and Milk flashed the weapon.

Police said the gun was stolen during a Feb. 17 home invasion in Leelanau County's Elmwood Township. Leelanau sheriff's Detective Lt. Clint Kerr said police are seeking Milk for questioning in that incident.

Police worked with authorities in Manistee, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties in an effort to find Milk.

The case will be turned over to the Grand Traverse County prosecutor's office.

Milk has several unrelated warrants out for his arrest. He is listed as an absconder from probation out of Manistee after he was convicted of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.

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